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Aga Khan Trust for Culture Restores the "Blue Mosque" in Cairo 2015-05-02

H.H. The Aga Khan speaking at the Blue Mosque" restoration ceremony in Cairo  2015-05-02

Cairo, 2 May 2015 – Restoration of the 14th century Amir Aqsunqur “Blue Mosque” in Al-Darb al-Ahmar has been completed by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) as part of the larger Al-Darb al-Ahmar Urban Regeneration Programme.

The Minister of Antiquities, Mamdouh El Damaty, and the Governor of Cairo, Galal Said, joined His Highness the Aga Khan in marking the occasion at the Mosque.

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Aga Khan III - Platinum Jubilee Homage - 1955-02-20

1955-02-20 - Aga Khan III Platinum Jubilee Presentation

Homage submitted by the President and Members of the Africa Legion to Imam Sultan Muhammad Shah Aga Khan III on February 20th, 1955 on the occasion of the completion of 70 years of Imamat.

PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP FOR HISTORIC CAIRO REVITALISATION PROJECTS 2007-07-17

2007-07-17 Prince Karim Aga Khan at Al-Azhar Park, Cairo
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akdn.org

Cairo Governorate and Aga Khan Trust for Culture in Public-Private Partnership for Historic Cairo Revitalisation Projects

Cairo, 17 July 2007 – Cairo’s Governor, H.E. Dr. Abdel Azim Wazir, and the Aga Khan Trust for Culture’s General Manager, Mr. Luis Monreal, today signed an historic Public-Private Partnership (PPP) linking Al-Azhar Park, a future “Urban Plaza” project at the northern end of the Park, and ongoing work by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture in Darb al-Ahmar.

PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP FOR HISTORIC CAIRO REVITALISATION PROJECTS - 2007-07-17

2007, July 17: Cairo's Governor, H.E. Dr. Abdel Azim Wazir, and the Aga Khan Trust for Culture's General Manager, Mr. Luis Monreal, today signed an historic Public-Private Partnership (PPP) linking Al-Azhar Park, a future 'Urban Plaza' project at the northern end of the Park, and ongoing work by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture in Darb al-Ahmar. [AKDN]

HH THE AGA KHAN TO INAUGURATE TWO HISTORICAL SITES - 2007-10-25

2007, October 25:Egypt's Minister of Culture Farouk Hosni and Prince Karim Aga Khan, the current Shi'a Imam, will inaugurate two Islamic complex of Khayer Bek and Um El-Soltan Shaban at Al-Darbul Ahmar area in Historic Cairo. The two have been restored in collaboration with the Aga Khan Trust for Culture. The Minister and his guests will embark on a tour to inspect the restoration work. [Inauguration]

INAUGURATION OF TWO MAJOR LANDMARKS IN HISTORIC CAIRO - 2007-10-26

2007, October 26:In a ceremony here today, His Highness the Aga Khan, His Excellency Farouk Hosni, Egypt's Minister of Culture, Dr. Abdel Azim Wazir, the Governor of Cairo, inaugurated the restoration and revitalisation of two historic complexes in the city's Darb al-Ahmar district. [Press Release] [Speech]

CLOSING REMARKS AT THE NINTH SEMINAR IN THE SERIES ARCHITECTURAL TRANSFORMATIONS - 1984-11-15

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Your Excellency the First Deputy Prime Minister, Your Excellency the Governor of Cairo, Distinguished guests

SPEECH BY H. H. The Aga Khan AT THE FOURTH CEREMONY OF THE AGA KHAN AWARD FOR ARCHITECTURE - Cairo - 1989-10-15

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Madame Mubarak, Your Excellencies, Honourable Ministers, Distinguished Guests

H. H. The Aga Khan DONATES PARK IN HISTORIC CITY OF CAIRO - 1990-12-10

Mawlana Hazar Imam on Monday 10th December, 1990 signed a Protocol of Agreement on behalf of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture with the Governor of Cairo H.E. Mahmoud Sherif for the creation of a public park in one of historic Cairo's last remaining open spaces.

Old Cairo transformed by park project - 2004-11-23

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news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/2/hi/middle_east/4034849.stm

Most urban areas have one - an area that is a sort of no-man's land where no-one lives and which becomes ever more rundown.In Cairo this was the case of the land adjoining the Darb al-Ahmar district. For almost a millennium assorted dust, debris and rubbish was piled up along the eastern rim of Cairo's medieval city walls.
Even though it lies close to the popular sites of medieval Cairo, the area was off the tourist track, blighted by prowling drug dealers and stranded between the Salah Salim highway and the City of the Dead.

Paradise is a garden, and Cairo now has its own - 2004-09-21

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actu.voila.fr/Depeche/depeche_citoyen_040429170725.h24ygspp.html

On summer nights in downtown Cairo, the streets seethe with people in such numbers that the cars, for once, have to stop for them.Cairenes aren't out shopping, since most are broke. They're out breathing (or trying to) amid earsplitting, noxious traffic. The Nile bridges are favorite promenades, the river ensuring cooler air; some families even picnic there, their backs to the stream of cars.

INAUGURATION OF AL-AZHAR PARK - 2005-03-26

Hazar Imam with the Governor of Cairo at the inauguration of Al-Azhar Park in Cairo 2005-03-25
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www.ismaili.net/timeline/2005/20050326speech.html

Your Excellency the Governor
Ladies and Gentlemen

I am very, very happy to be here this morning to be able to express to you my warm and deep gratitude for everything that you all have done to make this Park become a reality.

The existence of the Park is proof of brotherhood, proof of aspiration towards moving towards a common goal which is to create in Cairo a place which is beautiful where all generations could find happiness and peace, where all people from different economic levels could feel comfortable as they perambulate throughout this space.

Cairo to be Garden City once again-The building of a park reverses centuries of neglect and uncovers historic treas - 2005-03-12

Alazhar Park, Cairo, Egypt
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www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2005/03/12/HOG9TBMDD31.DTL

In the desert, an oasis is akin to paradise and in the sands of Egypt, many of history's greatest gardens flowered on the banks of the Nile.But in Cairo, a city of 16 million people that has ballooned on the ruins of many Islamic dynasties from the 8th century Abbasid Caliphs to 19th century Ottomans, there has been, for several generations, barely a footprint of unbuilt open space for each of the city's inhabitants.

A leading architect unearths the history and scrutinizes the design of Cairo's new civic gem, Al-Azhar Park - 2005-03-24

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www.zawya.com/story.cfm?id=ZAWYA20050406092524

Until recently, the only vantage point from which to view Cairo's historic skyline of minarets and domes up close was the Citadel. Thanks to the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC), Cairo now boasts a 30-hectare park uniquely situated among some of the city's most historically significant Islamic monuments that provides breathtaking panoramic views of the Islamic skyline. What many visitors to Al-Azhar Park don't realize, however, is that the park was constructed on top of mounds of debris that date back to Fatimid Cairo.

Tour Egypt - MONUMENT TO FANCY</I> - 2004-11-11

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www.touregypt.net/featurestories/azharpark.htm

The Al-Azhar Park is important for tourists to Egypt because this hilly site is surrounded by the most significant historic districts of Islamic Cairo. This is one of the primary destinations for many visitors to the city, and this new park located in its heart provides many advantages, including a wonderful view of the surrounding area.

Globe and Mail - A SHOCK OF GREEN IN CAIRO - 2005-03-12

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www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/ArticleNews/TPStory/LAC/20050312/CAIROPARK12/TPTravel/TopStories

In old Cairo, I am winding my way through a labyrinth of narrow streets. All is a confusion of human and vehicular traffic, the buzz of conversation and the din of animal noises -- goats and chickens are common here, as many of their owners have left villages to seek urban fortunes.

TVE - AZHAR PARK - 2004-03-18

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www.tve.org/earthreport/archive/doc.cfm?aid=1457

With about 30 square centimetres of green space per resident, Egypt's capital, Cairo is one of the densest cities on the planet. The modern city centre has all the bustle of a capital city, with rich and poor vying for space.

Neglected Old Cairo has a more traditional pace. But the people who live among its crumbling buildings have yet to enjoy the benefits of modernization. They are poor and overcrowded.

A new park is opening here. Built by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, it is the largest project in its Historic Cities Programme.

Voa News - CROWDED CAIRO GETS ITS OWN VISION OF CENTRAL PARK</I> - 2005-03-25

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www.voanews.com/english/2005-03-24-voa21.cfm

On Friday March 25, Egyptian first lady Suzanne Mubarak and the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, a private agency which seeks to revitalize Muslim communities, will inaugurate the largest public park built in Cairo in over a century. The Aga Khan, who heads the trust, is the the leader of 15 million Ismailis, a Muslim sect. He built the 70-hectare Al Azhar park on an ancient garbage dump in the heart of Islamic Cairo.Cairo's 16 million inhabitants live in a city with very few green spaces. Urban expansion has led to the disappearance of many of the city's public parks.

Daily Star - ENTREPRENEUR TO THE DEVELOPING WORLD - 2003-10-08

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www.dailystar.com.lb/08_10_03/art25.asp

One of world's wealthiest men, leader of Ismaili Muslims focuses on local projects to enhance sustainable developmt.
Prince Karim, Aga Khan IV, has been called one of the world's wealthiest men and is a seasoned philanthropist, but he is doing more than giving his millions away in developing countries. The spiritual leader of 15 million Shiite Ismaili Muslims spread over 25 nations, the Aga Khan is changing the face of global philanthropy by establishing innovative ventures and providing microfinance for small-scale enterprises through economic development institutions.

The Daily Nation - IS CAIRO PARK A NEW MODEL FOR URBAN RENEWAL? - 2005-03-24

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www.dailystar.com.lb/article.asp?edition_id=10&categ_id=4&article_id=13676# The Daily Star

When the official inauguration of Cairo's Al-Azhar Park unfolds this weekend, it will do so in two stages. The first is a private, invitation-only affair on March 25, replete with ceremonial plaque dedications, rousing speeches, musical performances (by Yo-Yo Ma's acclaimed Silk Road Ensemble, among others), and a guest list padded with visiting dignitaries and their security details.
The second is a more populist, people-power affair on March 26, featuring nothing fancy save an opening day for the masses.


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