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When will Egypt open its Grand Museum?

The Grand Egyptian Museum, expected to be the world's largest archaeological museum, will have its great opening early 2020.
A view of the site of Grand Egyptian Museum, which is under construction, is seen near the Giza Pyramids on the outskirts of Cairo, Egypt January 30, 2018. Picture taken January 30, 2018. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh - RC1D6F64AFF0

Egypt's wealth of historical monuments and temples, popular Red Sea diving spots and pristine beaches on the shores of the Mediterranean have always been a magnet for tourists, deservingly earning the North African country its reputation as a must-visit destination. But the years of political upheavals and economic instability that followed the January 25, 2011, mass uprising in the country have taken their toll on the tourism sector, which has only recently begun to show signs of recovery.

As part of its plan to revive tourism, the government has adopted a “Build it and they will come” strategy in the hope that the country's unrivaled tourist attractions — including a new mega museum, which is expected to be the world's largest archaeological museum — will lure back foreign visitors. 

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