CAIRO: Minister of Irrigation Hossam Moghazy announced Monday that a museum documenting the history of the High Dam will be inaugurated in Upper Egypt’s Aswan during celebrations of the 1973 October War, Youm7 reported.
During a visit to the High Dam Monday, Moghazy said the construction of the museum started in June 2004 with a total cost estimated at 2.8 million EGP ($404,000).
“The museum is built on an area of 146,000 square meters, out of which two thirds of the area has been dedicated for the museum’s main building,” said Moghazy, adding that the design of the museum’s façade and display halls reflect a Nubian style of architecture.
Farouk Farrag, head of the Tourism Promotion Authority in Aswan, told The Cairo Post the authority currently coordinates with the ministries of tourism and antiquities along with the Egyptian Travel Agents Association in order to include the new museum in travel itineraries.
“A ticket to visit the High Dam will include a visit to the new museum with no extra charge,” said Farrag, adding that the High Dam museum is located in front of the Symbol of Friendship monument, which was built to commemorate Soviet-Egyptian relations.
In 1964, Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser and Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev marked the first stage of the High Dam’s construction when the course of the Nile was diverted. The dam was financed and built with Soviet help.
The High Dam was built to end floods and droughts in the unpredictable Nile, and to create hydroelectricity. The project was initiated in 1960 and inaugurated by Nasser’s successor, President Anwar Sadat in 1971.