Egypt is set to open the Royal Vehicle Museum in September 2019, Head of the Projects Sector at the Ministry of Antiquities Waed Abul Ela announced.
The minister revealed that the development process of the museum has begun and the electro-mechanic works is almost done.
The museum, located on July 26 Street in Zamalek, is covered with geometric patterns and horse head embroidery. Royal Vehicle Museum will be considered one of Egypt’s most significant museums displaying Mohammed Ali and his family’s royal vehicles’ collection including the collection of rare vehicles that belonged to Khedive Ismail.
The featured vehicles total at 78 cars including 22 cars that were gifted by European countries. They were used by the Alawite family for several celebrations including concerts or weddings as well as car and horse accessories used in that time period.
Some of the iconic pieces one display will be vehicles gifted to Khedive Ismail by Napoleon III and Queen Eugenie during the opening of the Suez Canal in 1869, which the Khedive later used in his wedding and the queen during the opening of the Parliament.
Enclosed by a large courtyard, the space was designed for the cars to pull up at the gates for the Khedive and the royal family.