Tenders for the construction and technical consultancy contracts for the project are expected to be issued in early 2004 (MEED 4:7:03).

A design team led by Dublin-based Heneghan Peng Architects, which also includes representatives of UK engineering firms Ove Arup & Partnersand Buro Happold, is preparing to travel to Cairo in mid-November to present revised designs for the museum, which will comprise a 38,000-square-metre exhibition building on the edge of the desert plateau at Giza, close to the Great Pyramids. The Grand Egyptian Museum is scheduled to open in 2008 and will display a selection of more than 100,000 artefacts kept in storage by the Supreme Council of Antiquities. The centrepiece will be the King Tutankhamun collection, which is currently housed in the National Museum in downtown Cairo.