PM inspects restoration of Khufu boats
Saturday، 15 June 2019 - 03:20 PM
Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli inspected on Saturday 15/06/2019 the Giza Solar boat museum, which groups Khufu's first boat.
The inspection tour came upon directive by President Abdel Fattah El Sisi to prepare a study on the possibility of moving the two Khufu boats to the Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM), which will be opened next year.
Accompanied by Antiquities Minister Khaled el Anani and Supervisor-General of the GEM project Atef Moftah, the premier inspected the restoration of Khufu's second boat as well.
The antiquities minister said that Khufu's first solar boat was discovered in 1954, cabinet spokesman Nader Saad said.
Anani added that Khufu's second boat is one of the largest restoration projects in the world, noting that it is implemented in cooperation between Egypt's Ministry of Antiquities and Japan's Higashi Nippon International University with the support of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
Working on the project started in 2010, he said, noting that when it comes to the transportation phase, all modern buildings will be removed from the pyramids plateau.