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Phase III - Bulk Excavation Works
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Phase III- Bulk Excavation Works

The site bulk excavation works in preparation for the Main Museum Building and Museum Site extended for a period of 7 months starting from July 2008 to February 2009. This period involved the intensive work of sand removal, sand relocation, and site leveling. The Grand Egyptian Museum Site has a specific nature of contour levels, which vary from the zero level at Cairo – Alexandria Desert Road up to + 45 meters high at the level of the upper desert plateau of the GEM site, which is almost at the same level as the Pyramids’ Plateau. The design concept of the Grand Museum Building respects the site characteristics in such a way that the museum building does not rise higher than the Pyramids’ Plateau and the recreational parks at the level of the upper desert plateau and that allows an uninterrupted view to the Giza Pyramids.

In order to maintain the open view to the Giza Pyramids and fulfill the design concept, a volume of 2.25 million cubic meters of sand was excavated and removed outside the Museum site.


The work continued for 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for a period of 7 months to prepare the required area for constructing the main building.

The contour map for the gardens and outdoor spaces surrounding the museum building were carefully planned and landscape design was laid out to make the best use of special contour levels. At the end of this phase the main contractor shall start construction of the main building.