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A "Green Lung" for Cairo

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In 1984, His Highness the Aga Khan announced his decision to finance the creation of a park for the citizens of the Egyptian capital. The only central location that was of suitable scale was the derelict Darassa site, a 30-hectare (74-acre) mound of rubble that had been a debris dump for 500 years. Al-Azhar Park, undertaken by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, has since proven to be both a popular open space for the people of Cairo and a powerful catalyst for urban renewal in the neighbouring district of Darb al-Ahmar -- once one of the poorest districts in Cairo.

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Al-Azhar Park, Cairo and the Revitalisation of Darb Al-Ahmar (2007)
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Inauguration of the Ayyubid Wall and Tarabay al-Sherif Complex Projects in Cairo (Press Release)

Remarks by His Highness the Aga Khan at the Inauguration of Amir Aqsunqur Mosque, Cairo (Speech)

The “Blue Mosque” of Cairo Restored by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (Press Release)

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