Prime Minister Mustafa Madbouli opens recently built Nile Museum in Aswan
CAIRO - 7 December 2019: Situated in a magnificent location overlooking the Aswan Reservoir, the Nile Documentary Museum is a popular destination for tourists and is the most important touristic site for visitors of Aswan Governorate.
At the entrance of the museum,11 masts with the flags of the Nile Basin countries are raised. The museum is concerned with the African heritage of the Nile Basin countries and everything related to life on the banks of the Nile.
Director General of the Nile Museum Irene Fayez told Egypt Today that the museum belongs to the Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation, and the General Authority of the High Dam and Aswan Reservoir.
“The museum aims to consolidate the relationship between Egypt and the Nile Basin countries as well as inform the Egyptians of the need to preserve the Nile water,” she said.
Fayez added that the construction of the museum began in 2004 but was delayed due to financial problems; it was completed and opened in January 2016 in conjunction with the National Day of Aswan Governorate under the auspices of President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi.
The museum's general manager explained that it spans over a total area of about 11 acres, including landscape and buildings. She pointed out that the museum has received 1 million visitors from various nationalities since its opening in 2016.
Fayez revealed that after the meeting of Arab and African youth in Aswan, the percentage of visitors, who are keen to get acquainted with the civilization of the Nile Basin countries, doubled.She further stated that several projects are underway at the museum, including the museum's transformation into a cultural center that includes an open-air theater with a capacity of 2500 people, and a five-star sports stadium.
She explained that the second phase of the museum's development plan includes maintaining electricity and landscape, pointing out that Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation Mohamed Abdel Aati visited the museum and inspected the ongoing work at the theater.
Fayez noted that the most prominent visitors of the museum include Jihanal-Sadat, the wife of former President Mohamed Anwar Sadat, and a group of ministers and ambassadors of foreign and African countries.
Fayez stressed that the museum seeks to expand its cultural and recreational activities and that the Ministry of Irrigation gives special attention to the museum because of its important role in strengthening Egypt's relations with the Nile Basin countries through cultural links.