CAIRO: Egypt will open a small museum inside the Cairo International Airport’s Terminal 3 Monday in an attempt to attract tourists in transit, the antiquities ministry stated.
“The museum will contain 39 artifacts spanning several eras of Egypt’s over 5,000 year-old civilization, including those of Pharaonic, Greco-Roman, Islamic and Coptic periods” said head of the Antiquities Ministry’s Museum Sector Elham Salah.
“The museum is to provide transit passengers with a brief idea about the Egyptian civilization, which will make them want to visit other places in Cairo, like the Egyptian museum,” said Salah.
“The pharaonic artifacts in display have been carefully selected to show ancient Egyptians’ daily life and beliefs while the Islamic objects include lanterns, chandeliers and a copy of the Holy Quran. Coptic manuscripts and a copy of the Holy Bible will also be on display,” Salah said, adding that the entrance fee to the new museum is $3 per person.
The museum was scheduled to open Oct. 31, but was postponed as it coincided with the crash of the Russian airliner that killed 224 passengers on board.
Egypt’s tourism industry has been suffering since the 2011 uprising that toppled former President Hosni Mubarak. The situation became even worse after the Russian plane crash that resulted in flight suspension by Russia and the UK to Sharm al Sheikh and other Egyptian airports.