Mall of Egypt
Mall of Egypt is the first shopping destination of its kind in Egypt with direct access to Wahat Road, the mall includes 6,500 car parking spaces. The mall is owned and managed by Majid Al Futtaim, the leading shopping mall, retail and leisure pioneer across the Middle East and North Africa. Mall of Egypt is located on Wahat Road in 6th of October City. Mall of Egypt houses the best local and international retailers including an unmatched high-end fashion offering of the world’s most prestigious brands. Mall of Egypt features the finest dining outlets. Moreover, the mall will house major department stores as well as other fashion, lifestyle, sports, electronics, home furnishing outlets. Mall of Egypt’s family leisure offerings include Ski Egypt – Africa’s first indoor skiing slope, a 21 multi-screen VOX Cinemas and a Magic Planet family entertainment centre.
Grand Egyptian Museum
The design of the building was decided by means of an architectural competition. The competition was announced on 7 January, 2002. The organizers received 1557 entries from 82 countries, making it the largest architectural competition in history. In the second stage of the competition, 20 entries were asked to submit additional information. Judging was complete by 2 June, 2003. The competition was won by the company Heneghan Peng from Dublin, Ireland, winning 250,000 dollars. Second place was awarded to Coop Himmelblau. The building is designed by Heneghan Peng Architects, Buro Happold and Arup. The exhibition masterplan, exhibition design and museology is by Metaphor and Cultural Innovations Ltd.
The building is shaped like a chambered triangle in plan. It sits on a site two kilometers west of the pyramids, near a motorway interchange. The building's north and south walls line up directly with the Great Pyramid of Khufu and the Pyramid of Menkaure. In front of the building is a large plaza, filled with date plants. One of the main features of the Museum is the translucent stone wall, made of alabaster, that makes up the front facade of the building. Inside the main entrance is a large atrium, where large statues will be exhibited.
The new museum is designed to include the latest technology, including virtual reality. The Museum will also be an international center of communication between museums, to promote direct contact with other local and international museums. The Grand Egyptian Museum will include a children's museum, conference center, training center, and workshops similar to the old Pharaonic places.