CAIRO - 27 November 2020: Egypt’s Minister of Tourism and Antiquities Khaled El-Enany and the Head of the Engineering Authority of the Armed Forces visit the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization in Fustat, the Grand Egyptian Museum, and the restoration project of Muhammad Ali Palace in Shobra.
Enany and Major General Ihab El-Far, Chairman of the Engineering Authority of the Armed Forces, visited on Thursday the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization in Fostat, the Grand Egyptian Museum, and the restoration project of the Muhammad Ali Palace in Shubra, to follow up on the progress of work there.
The visit began at the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization in Fostat, where they oversaw the progress works of Ain Sira Lake and the area in front of the museum, the main exhibition and the mummies galleries, which will be opened soon.
In addition to watching the museum’s multimedia presentation, which is an integral part of the museum’s display scenario.
They also visited the temporary exhibition gallery and the glass pyramid.
Then they visited the Grand Egyptian Museum in El-Remaya Square, where they saw the museum façade, the atrium, the grand staircase and the two exhibition galleries of the treasures of King Tutankhamun, in addition to the multi-purpose building.
They also visited the museum’s central electronic control room operating the museum’s security system, which is equipped with the latest alarm devices and surveillance cameras.
They reviewed the security system of the show cases that are equipped with state of the art detection devices against theft and any vibrations or temperature changes.
It works to maintain the perfect environment for every artifact inside the show cases.
Then the Minister of Tourism and Antiquities and the Head of the Engineering Authority for the Armed Forces visited Muhammad Ali Palace in Shobra, where Major General / Abdel Hamid Al-Hagan, Governor of Qalyubia, joined them to forsee the entire palace restoration project.
The visit began at the Gabalaya stall, which was completely restored by the Engineering Authority of the Armed Forces, on an area of more than 84,000 square meters.
They also checked out the Fountain Villa, where 76% of its restoration work was completed.
This included strengthening and fixing the foundations of the building, the mechanical and chemical cleaning of the marble columns and the ornate plaster ceilings of the galleries and rooms, the restoration work of the trussed roof and the treatment of the internal wooden panels of the ceilings, the careful restoration work and the return of the original colors of the drawings that adorn the walls and ceilings.
In addition to restoring the floors, the lake and the fountain in the middle, in preparation for restarting them again.
They were accompanied by Dr. Mostafa Waziry, Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, General Hisham Samir, Assistant Minister for Engineering Affairs, and a number of officials of the Ministry and the Engineering Authority.