Grand Egyptian Museum Opening delayed (again)

I saw this little snippet in the Washington Post this evening:

*The Egyptian presidency said Sunday it was postponing the movement of civil servants from Cairo to a planned new administrative capital, 28 miles east, to 2021.

The opening of the Grand Egyptian Museum would also be pushed back, it said in a statement. The museum is due to supersede the internationally renowned Egyptian Museum, which houses the world’s largest collection of Pharaonic antiquities and stands in downtown Cairo.

The new $1 billion museum has been plagued by delays and was first scheduled to open in 2015, a decade after it was conceived.

And this one from Saturday in the Egypt Independent:

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Saturday moved to delay the opening of the Grand Egyptian Museum and the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization, alongside plans to relocate the state apparatus to the New Administrative Capital until 2021. . . . .

Another source said:

However, work on the two projects will continue, the presidential statement said. Mr El Sisi ordered that workers on these and other national infrastructure projects be provided with “the highest level” of health care and protection.

Neither these sources nor the half dozen others I found, mentioned a specific date.

Comments

  • AlanS...thanks for the update. Unfortunately, in the back of our minds I'm sure we all expected there would be another delay due to COVID-19 although it appears this delay is due to coordinating infrastructure projects. It may well be 2022 before the GEM finally opens to the public! As I was watching the Ten Commandments this weekend, I was just hoping to be able to make the trip in December and visit the sites...all hopes of visiting the GEM in 2020 had disappeared long time ago.

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