World’s first underwater museum to be built by Egypt

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Egypt has announced plans to develop an underwater museum to show off the country’s cultural and historical heritage under the Bay of Alexandria off the North coast.

The project will be implemented in coordination with the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

The museum will be the first of its kind in the world and it is hoped that it will attract millions of tourists to the nation.

UNESCO has already established an International Scientific Advisory Committee to help the Egyptian government lay the groundwork to build the massive museum.

The decision by the Egyptian government comes amid growing international awareness of the need to protect archeological sites located underwater.

UNESCO has established the Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage, which is expected to become operational by the end of 2008 after its ratification by 20 states

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