Egypt’s local news digest Oct. 31: Egypt forms general authority for Grand Museum; 104th session of UNWTO Executive Council kicks off in Luxor
Egyptian archaeologists move statues of pharaohs at the new Grand Egyptian Museum near the Giza pyramids in Cairo on June 4, 2015. Hundreds of artefacts, never before displayed, are set to be unveiled in a "mega museum" under construction near the Giza pyramids. AFP PHOTO / KHALED DESOUKI

CAIRO: No more browsing from site to site, view the top local news stories on Oct.31 here:

Egypt forms general authority for Grand Museum

Prime Minister Sherif Ismail issued on Monday a decision to form a general authority for the under-construction Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM) and comes under the authority of Ministry of Antiquities, Youm7 reported.

During the past few years, the GEM received thousands of artifacts from several museums and archaeological sites ahead of its inauguration of the first phase scheduled for 2017.

Built over 120 acres of land, GEM is located 2 km southwest of the Giza Pyramids and was scheduled to be inaugurated in August 2015, but due to funding issues it has been delayed until August 2018.

The construction of the three-phase project, which includes the construction of the museum’s main building and implementation of the master plan, landscape parks and surrounding site infrastructure, began in March 2012. Two phases have currently been completed.


Study suspended in Red Sea’s city after schools flooded with heavy rains

The Red Seal educational Directorate has decided to close schools in Ras Gharib city which has beeb flooded with heavy rains over the past two days, directorate manager Noura Fadel told Youm7 Monday.

All nine schools were flooded, pushing the directorate to form a committee to discuss ways of returning the study in these schools.

A wave of bad weather hit several places in Egypt, leaving 26 people killed and 71 injured, the health ministry announced on Sunday.


Egyptian mechanic killed by unknown people in Libya

An Egyptian national was killed after three unknown people stabbed him to death in the city of Khums in Libya, Youm7 reported on Monday.

27-year-old expatriate called Arafa Taha was working a mechanic and he was killed while he was returning back after from the work, said his brother Essam Taha. The dead body was transported to a governmental hospital at the city.


104th session of UNWTO Executive Council kicks off in Luxor

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Executive Council’s 104th session kicks off in Upper Egypt’s Luxor on Monday, Youm7 reported.

The two-day session will be attended by representatives from 50 countries and a number of ministers. On Nov. 1-2, the city will also host the 5th UNWTO Global Summit.

The summit will discuss city tourism trends and topics of sustainable development, innovation in city tourism, cross-cultural behavior, and new business models, according to the UNWTO official website.


Light rains may drop in northern cities: EMA

Egyptian meteorologists expected that light rains would drop in the northern parts of Egypt, said Egyptian Meteorology Authority (EMA) spokesperson Wahid Saudi on Monday.

He denied the reports stated by the Ministry of Irrigation on the possibility of dropping heavy rains in the coming few days. Saudi noted that no rains will shower the Upper Egypt’s governorates.

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