Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities will sign a cooperation protocol with the country’s Ministry of Tourism. The aim of this is to manage tourist services in the Pyramids of Giza archaeological area. It covers bazaars, cafeterias and concerts.
In addition to the pyramids area, the protocol could be extended to other archaeological areas, according to Minister of Antiquities Khaled El-Anany.
The Ministry of Antiquities and Domestic Tourism
Furthermore, the Ministry of Antiquities is planning two archaeological exhibitions which will travel to capital cities in 2017. This is part of its mission to improve its finances and increase the marketing of Egyptian antiquities across the world.
In addition, the ministry will create promotional banners that will be on display in the various capitals to improve Egypt’s image and help grow the number of foreign tourists visiting the country. The Ministry of Antiquities also wants to attract investors.
With domestic tourism accounting for 90% of the ministry’s income, especially around the Pyramids of Giza, it is keen to attract foreign visitors.
The Grand and the Egyptian Museums
The opening of the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir Square for evening visits has grown the number of Egyptian visitors to five times that of foreign visitors.
The Ministry of Antiquities will also partially open the Grand Egyptian Museum before summer 2018.
Five million people a year are expected to visit what will be the biggest museum in the world, the Grand Egyptian Museum. It will be comprised of several buildings, a restoration centre and a large park.
With a footprint of 480, 000 square meters, the new museum is just a few miles from the Giza pyramids. The museum will provide an exhibition area of 93, 000 square metres and be home to over 100, 000 artefacts. The project includes the museum and Conference Center (Main Building) and the translucent stone wall (Sierpinski Wall). There are also auxiliary buildings such as restaurants and space for exhibtions and parking.
The project’s construction management is by Hill International together with joint venture partner Cairo’s EHAF Consulting.