- Title: Egypt attempts world record with Tutankhamun coffee cup portrait
- Date: 28th December 2019
- Summary: (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) SECRETARY-GENERAL OF EGYPTIAN SUPREME COUNCIL OF ANTIQUITIES, MOSTAFA WAZIRI, SAYING: "Today, we break the record with 7,260 cups of coffee to make a portrait of the mask of Tutankhamun, this is really wonderful. People with disabilities were kindly invited today." VARIOUS OF WAZIRI STANDING WITH CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES SIDE VIEW OF PORTRAIT (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) ORGANISER AND CEO OF TUT COFFEE, HISHAM AL-SADEQ, SAYING: "We are proud as the generation that witnessed the building of the Grand Egyptian Museum. This is the food court area, and next year, this place will be filled with tourists from all over the world. We could not find something better than coffee to welcome everyone, and we could not find something better than Tutankhamun to make a coffee portrait to remind the entire world that Egyptian civilisation is the greatest of all, and that we are waiting for you."
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- Keywords: Grand Egyptian Museum Guinness Wrold Record Tutankhamun
- Location: GIZA, EGYPT
- City: GIZA, EGYPT
- Country: Egypt
- Topics: Arts / Culture / Entertainment
- Reuters ID: LVA006BBW21JT
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- Story Text: Egypt attempted to set a world record for the largest portrait made of coffee cups to replicate the famous golden mask of boy-king Tutankhamun during a ceremony held at the country's Grand Egyptian Museum on Saturday (December 28).
The event was held at the museum which houses the sarcophagi and the treasured collection of Tutankhamun's tomb, all considered centrepieces of the new museum which Egypt will open next year near the Pyramids of Giza.
Guinness World Records representative Talal Omar said that the portrait should cover an area of 60 square metres for Egypt to win the record, a requirement achieved by the organisers. The record is expected to be announced later on Saturday after organisers fulfil a final requirement set by Guinness World Records.
Organisers say the execution of the portrait took nearly 12 hours in which 7,260 plastic cups, 65 kilos of coffee, 1,000 litres of milk and 3,000 litres of water were used.
The event was organised by the Tut Coffee Company, in cooperation with Egypt's Antiquities authorities, as well as the participation of people with disabilities as volunteers.
In order to fulfill the Guinness requirements, the cups of coffee will be distributed on thousands of workers at the site of the Grand Egyptian Museum in order not to waste the resources put into the portrait, organisers said.
(Production: Sherif Fahmy, Mohammed Zaki, Mai Shams El-Din)
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