UEFA Trophy at the Egyptian Museum
Emeco Travel is proud to be a part of the Heineken team, who organized the UEFA Champions League Trophy tour in Egypt last April.
The UEFA Champions League Trophy has been lifted over the heads of many European soccer legends over the years including Zidane, Maldini, and Gerrard. - came to Egypt with the two-time Champions League winning, former Manchester United winger Ryan Giggs.
Emeco Travel's Egyptologist A. G. Hammad accompanied two-time Champion’s League winner Ryan Giggs in his visits to the Pyramids and the Egyptian Museum. They also had a TV interview inside the museum after working hours.
"Coming from the UK, the Pyramids and the Nile are the first things that come in mind when you're asked about Egypt, but there is much more than this," he added. "I'll definitely be back, it's a great country…" commented Ryan Giggs.
Opening of the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization
The newly inaugurated National Museum of Egyptian Civilization (NMEC) was added to Egypt's long list of exceptional museums last February.
The NMEC is designed as a major attraction for visitors to Egypt, as well as an internationally recognized research and conservation center. The NMEC will also have an important role to play in raising awareness of modern and contemporary Egyptian history and society, in addition to hosting events, temporary displays and exhibitions. It has the opportunity to become an important center for the country’s youth, as well as becoming an inclusive institution that serves as a forum for open dialogue, debate, and the exchange of ideas.
UNESCO is providing technical support to the NMEC in training, exhibition development, and other areas. UNESCO’s project forms work to help safeguard and preserve Egypt’s cultural heritage, which goes back more than half a century to the establishment of the International Campaign to Save the Monuments of Nubia in 1960.
The NMEC is located on the archaeological site of El-Fustat in Old Cairo, overlooking the Ain El-Seera Lake. The Museum was designed by Egyptian architect El Ghazzali Kosseiba, while the exhibition spaces are being designed by Japanese architect Arata Isozaki.
The Museum’s collections will be displayed in a core permanent exhibition of the principle achievements of Egyptian civilization, with six thematic galleries covering the Dawn of Civilization, The Nile, Writing, State and Society, Material Culture, Beliefs and Thinking and the Gallery of Royal Mummies.
The Museum will also have generous temporary exhibition spaces, an auditorium and an education and research center, as well as an exhibition on the development of the modern city of Cairo. It will act as a venue for a variety of events, including film screenings, conferences, lectures and cultural activities and will target broad local, national and international audiences.
Museum of Islamic Art
Egypt's Museum of Islamic Art (MIA) in downtown Cairo reopened after 3 years of closure for repair, after it suffered a devastating explosion in 2014.
The blast damaged 179 artifacts, but the museum’s experts were miraculously able to repair all but ten of them. The restored objects will go back on display with special gold labels. Fortunately, the Museum of Islamic Art continues to be one of the world’s most important collections of Muslim art.
Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, Prime Minister Sherif Ismail, and Minister of Antiquities Khaled El-Enany inaugurated the museum, in a ceremony attended by other top officials.
“The inauguration of the MIA embodies Egypt’s victory against terrorism, its capability and willingness to repair what terrorism has damaged, and to stand against terrorist attempts to destroy its heritage,” El-Enany said at the opening ceremony.
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