KSA grants Egypt piece of Kaaba covering to be displayed in new museum

CAIRO – 28 February 2020: Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to Egypt handed the Egyptian tourism minister a piece of the Kaaba Kiswah (covering) as a present, to be placed in the new museum in the New Administrative Capital, east of Cairo.
Saudi ambassador Osama Al-Nugali said granting a piece of the Kiswah contributes to enhancing historical relations between the two countries and fosters religious ties.
Nugali praised the efforts of the tourism ministry to develop and restore various archaeological areas and establish museums throughout Egypt, to preserve the ancient Egyptian civilization.
Located on an area of 8500 square meters, the New Administrative Capital museum consists of two floors. It includes a main exhibition hall and sub-galleries.
“The Museum of Antiquities in the City of Arts and Culture will feature a thousand artifacts that tell the history of Egypt through different historical eras. Its entrance is decorated with two Egyptian obelisks, which were brought from the eastern San Hajar area in Sharqiya. It will also house the newly discovered Toto cemetery, which was recently dismantled and relocated from Sohag to the Administrative Capital Museum,” Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities Mostafa Waziri revealed in August.
The New Administrative Capital's City of Arts and Culture includes an opera house built on an area of 86,000 square meters. The main hall of the new opera theater can accommodate up to 2,200 individuals. The city also has a central library standing on 9,000 square meters.
Numerous buildings for music, cinema, painting and sculpture will be prepared in the city, in addition to a wide range of restaurants and various services for visitors.
“The establishment of the City of Arts and Culture in the New Administrative Capital came at the request of President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, where the establishment of the city started more than a year ago. Fifteen thousand workers participated in the construction operations. The timetable for the establishment of the city was 7 years, and it was pressed to 2 years as directed by the president,” said Walid Samy, the general manager of Almasa Group.
Additional reporting by Mustafa Marie