Egypt hopes to lure tourists again with its $1 billion Grand Egyptian Museum, set to open in a soft launch by year's end.
The largest museum in the world dedicated to one civilization, the new 5.2-million-square-foot building is a draw in itself, offering a sweeping overlook of the Great Pyramids and the Giza plateau. A vast collection of Egypt's most treasured artifacts, including a number of newly restored relics, will be displayed.
"This will be the museum of the 21st century," Tarek Tawfik, the director general of the museum, told CNN. "All means of modern technology have been taken into consideration in order to make this an unforgettable experience for the visitor, but at the same time provide the best possible environment for the artifacts."
Some 50,000 of boy-king Tutankhamun's artifacts will take up one-third of the museum, according to CNN.
Grand Egyptian Museum has thousands of workers on rotating shifts 24/7 to complete the project.