The conservation and restoration centre for archaeological remains, power station and fire-fighting unit have been inaugurated at the new Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM) being built near the Giza pyramids in southwest Cairo, marking the end of the first stage of construction.

Attention will now turn to the main building, including the exhibition halls, an auditorium, a cinema, shops and restaurant facilities for visitors, which could see a partial opening in late 2012. Once finished the museum will house 100,000 artifacts including King Tutankhamun