Thank God it’s Friday

Posted on December 19, 2014

The inauguration of the Revival of the Egyptian Museum

This week I’m writing my Friday column from Cairo, where a much-awaited event took place on Monday, 15th December. I wrote to you earlier about the Revival of the Egyptian Museum Initiative and how it aims to bring the museum back to its glory days. Last Monday was the beginning of that long overdue journey to realizing the museum’s maximum potential.

Dr Mounir Neamatalla, director of the Revival of the Egyptian Museum Initiative
Dr. Mounir Neamatalla, director of the Revival of the Egyptian Museum Initiative

The event was in the garden outside the side entrance of the museum, and the sunny weather, presented the perfect backdrop. The crowd of attendees were those invited off an enviable guest list: Those attending the inauguration of the Revival of the Egyptian Museum Initiative were simply the country’s most important persons. Ranging from the Prime minister, Eng. Ibrahim Mahlab, the Minister of Antiquities, Prof. Dr. Mamdouh Eldamaty and the Governor of Cairo, Prof. Dr. Galal El Said, to an impressive list of Ambassadors that came to support the initiative.

Esteemed guests that were at the event made up the country’s crème de la crème of intellectuals, former ministers, businessmen & women, and artists. Everyone sat anticipating the start of the event, where the guest of honour, His Highness Prince Abbas Helmy, the grandson of Khedive Abbas Helmy who oversaw the building of the museum (it opened in 1902), gave a charming speech on the importance of the museum to our Egyptian heritage – I say “our” because it is a world heritage – , and to the map of worldwide museums. It was such an exciting vision: Seeing the grandson of the khedive stand in front of his ancestor’s efforts, advocating their restoration.

The buzz of excitement was rather palpable: It was a starlit morning. One of the pillars of Egyptian and international cinema, Omar Sharif, came to support the initiative, but that morning he wasn’t the one with the most fans; the museum was. Upon the crowd’s entry to the renovated hall, the hustle and bustle of people was regularly interrupted by “oohs” and “aaahs” and “wows” from the stark differences that could be seen between the “new” halls and the older ones. It was such an electric experience, seeing people watching the museum, which they have probably visited numerous times; see it somehow for the first time at all.

Press conference in the museum garden
Press conference in the museum garden

The inauguration of the Revival of the Egyptian Museum Initiative was an absolute success. I urge you to follow our progress on our blog, Facebook page and – it is a journey worth seeing and supporting. SC Exhibitions is proud to be one of the sponsors of this initiative!

Everyone at SC Exhibtions wishes you a very Happy Christmas and hopes that 2015 is a year full of “wonderful things”!

Until the 9th of January!

Yours, Christoph Scholz
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Cutting the red ribbon: Prime Minister Eng. Ibrahim Mahlab (right), Minister of Antiquities Prof. Dr. Mamdouh Eldamaty (left)
Cutting the red ribbon: Prime Minister Eng. Ibrahim Mahlab (right), Minister of Antiquities Prof. Dr. Mamdouh Eldamaty (left)



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