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Creating an urban oasis: Al Azhar Park, Cairo, Egypt

Al Azhar Park, located by the Old City of Cairo, offers a 28-hectare expanse of greenery on what was dust and rub-ble for over two centuries. Offering a contemporary design inspired by historic Islamic gardens, the spine is a formal axis with a water channel leading in the direction of a small lake, with accompanying alleyways, and pointing towards the Citadel. Gardens and pavilions enhance the arrival point on the edge of the lake. Al Azhar Park attracts over 2 million visitors annually and provides a much needed green space in one of the densest cities in the world.