Added On June 12, 2018


Egypt is famed for its majestic ancient artifacts.
And with construction of the Grand Egyptian Museum underway in Giza, the country will soon have a new world-famous venue to show them off.
Lifestyles went for a closer look.
With less than a year to go until the opening of the Grand Egyptian Museum, preparations are ramping up.
On Sunday, the Ministry of Antiquities unveiled the museum's brand new logo - which will be used in promotions campaigns worldwide.
SOUNDBITE (English)TAREK TAWFIK, Supervisor-General of GEM
"It's today a special moment, where we announce the beginning of a special logo for the Grand Egyptian Museum, inspired by the building of the museum, its architecture, by the surroundings of the Grand Egyptian Museum, the plan of the museum is reflected in this logo, it opens up to the Pyramids of Giza, the orange color, this warm color reflects the sun, when it goes down."
The Grand Egyptian Museum is being built right next to the famous Pyramids of Giza.
When completed, it will be one of the largest in the world, containing over 100,000 artifacts.
It will bring Egypt's past to life: from prehistory, through the Greek and Roman periods.
The highlight will possibly the Tutankhamen exhibit, where the Boy King's entire funerary collection will go show for the first time ever.
But the museum is just part of a vast wider cultural complex.
The site will also include a conference center, a traditional arts and crafts center, a multifunctional building, large open areas for events, and restaurants overlooking the pyramids.
While the Ministry of Antiquities will look after the treasured collection, much of the rest will be run by private firms.
On Sunday, the Government launched the bidding process.
SOUNDBITE(English) - SAHR NASR, Minister of Investments and Int'l Cooperation
"This bidding is another sign and a confirmation and reiteration of the Egyptian government's commitment for a conducive business environment for our serious commitment to welcome the private sector participation in all various sectors and for the first time in the sector of antiquities – in terms of operation management."
First phase construction work is scheduled to be completed by the end of the year.
The museum is then expected to open early 2019.