The Minister of Tourism and Antiquities chairs the meeting of the Board of Directors of the Supreme Council of Antiquities

Ahmed Issa, Minister of Tourism and Antiquities, chaired the meeting of the Board of Directors of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, at the ministry’s headquarters in the new administrative capital.

The Minister of Tourism and Antiquities began the meeting by pointing out the importance of the “Egypt 2022 Economic Conference” organized by the Egyptian government during the period from 23 to 25 October. During which the conditions of the Egyptian economy and its future were discussed, with a wide participation of a group of officials, senior economists, thinkers and experts specialized in many fields, pointing to the important messages that the conference highlighted, pointing to his participation yesterday with the Minister of Civil Aviation in one of the conference sessions that was held Under the title “The Roadmap to Reaching 30 Million Tourists”, it was attended by a group of tourism experts, specialists, representatives of the private sector, and a number of tourism investors.

During the meeting, the letter received from Dr. Khaled Al-Anani, the former Minister of Tourism and Antiquities, was reviewed for Minister Ahmed Issa, in which he expressed his thanks and gratitude for the letter of thanks sent to him by the Minister on behalf of the members of the Board of Directors of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, extending sincere greetings to the Minister of Tourism and Antiquities, members Distinguished Board of Directors, and all those who had the honor to work with them and who contributed with their enlightened visions and various experiences in enriching the discussions of the Board and actively participated in making important decisions for the advancement of the antiquities sector, expressing confidence that they would not hesitate to offer more giving and maximizing the outputs of the Board, wishing the Minister and all Members of the Council, success and success in all tasks, and more achievements in the files of tourism and antiquities.

Then, Dr. Mustafa Waziri, Secretary-General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, informed the members of the Council of the completion of the procedures for updating the organizational structure of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, and the issuance of the decision of the head of the Central Agency for Organization and Administration No. 262 of 2022, regarding the adoption of the council’s job schedule with regard to leadership positions in a group of specialized jobs.

He also reviewed the latest developments in the work and achievements carried out by the various sectors of the Supreme Council of Antiquities during the month of October, including the start of excavation work in 10 archaeological sites, and the latest progress in restoration projects at the Oyoun Musa site in South Sinai, the Temple of Habu in Luxor, and the Temple of Dendera in Qena. The Temple of Seti I in Abydos in Sohag, the Philae and Kalabsha temples in Aswan and others.

The Secretary-General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities referred to the executive position of the works at the Greco-Roman Museum in Alexandria, pointing out that it is nearing completion for its opening during the coming period, in addition to the ongoing works at the Suez Canal Museum, and the opening of a project to develop services provided to visitors at the Gayer Anderson Museum in a way that improves the experience of visitors during their visit and makes it available For accessible tourism for people of determination, in addition to the various events organized by museums at the level of the Republic with the aim of raising the citizens’ tourism and archaeological awareness, linking them to museums and introducing them to the ancient Egyptian civilization.

Regarding the works carried out in the Islamic, Coptic and Jewish antiquities sector, Dr. Mostafa Waziri indicated that the restoration work of the Sarayat al-Jil Mosque and the developments of work at al-Zahir Baybars Mosque in preparation for its opening, and the near completion of the restoration project of the Bahnasa domes in Minya, where the restoration of 14 domes out of 15 domes was completed, and others.

During the meeting, the Board of Directors of the Supreme Council of Antiquities agreed that Egyptians, Arabs, Africans and resident foreigners would enter all archaeological sites and museums open to visit and belong to the Supreme Council of Antiquities, free of charge, on Wednesday, November 23, 2022, from eleven in the morning until three in the afternoon, except for the tombs of King Tut Ankh Amun, King Seti I, King Ramses VI, Queen Nefertari in Luxor, and the Giza pyramids from the inside, on the sidelines of the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities’ celebrations of the 100th anniversary of the discovery of King Tutankhamun’s tomb.

The Board of Directors also approved the adoption of the decision of the Permanent Committee of Islamic and Coptic Antiquities to register the tomb of Princess Sheweh Kar in the Mamluk desert area as Islamic and Coptic antiquities.

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