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Inauguration of the Ayyubid Wall and Tarabay al-Sherif Complex Projects in Cairo
18 June 2015 - The restoration of the Tarabay al-Sherif Complex and 1.5 kilometres of the historic Ayyubid wall were inaugurated on 16 June 2015 in Cairo by the Minister of Antiquities, Mamdouh El Damaty, the Governor of Cairo, Galal Said, and Luis Monreal, General Manager of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture.

The “Blue Mosque” of Cairo Restored by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture
02 May 2015 - Restoration of the 14th century Amir Aqsunqur “Blue Mosque” in Al-Darb al-Ahmar, a district of Cairo, has been completed by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC).

Batashewala Mughal Garden Complex in Delhi Restored
22 April 2015 - The restoration of the 11-acre “Batashewala complex” – undertaken by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture in collaboration with the Archaeological Survey of India – was marked on the 18th of April.

AKTC and Think City to Provide Assistance for Protection of George Town in Penang, Malaysia
21 November 2013 - The Aga Khan Trust for Culture and Think City signed an agreement to provide technical assistance for the protection of George Town, a World Heritage Site in Penang, Malaysia.

Humayun’s Tomb Restoration Inaugurated by Indian Prime Minister and Aga Khan
18 September 2013 - The restoration of Humayun’s Tomb was inaugurated on 18 September by Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Minister of Culture Chandresh Kumari Katoch in the presence of His Highness the Aga Khan. The once decaying structure is resplendent in its Mughal finery once again.

The Role of Culture in Development: The Aga Khan Speaks at UNESCO Conference in China
15 May 2013 - The Aga Khan today delivered the keynote address at a conference entitled "Culture: Key to Sustainable Development" organised by UNESCO and Government of China in Hangzhou, China.

Revitalisation to Begin on Quli Qutb Shah Archaeological Park in Hyderabad, India
10 January 2013 - A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for a ten-year, integrated conservation and landscape restoration project at the Quli Qutb Shah Tomb complex in Hyderabad was signed today by the Andhra Pradesh State Department of Archaeology and Museums, the Quli Qutb Shah Urban Development Authority and the Aga Khan Trust for Culture and Aga Khan Foundation.

Le Président Karzai et l’Aga Khan inaugurent le mausolée de Timur Shah à Kaboul
19 October 2012 - Président Karzai et Son Altesse l’Aga Khan ont présidé aujourd’hui l’ouverture officielle du mausolée restauré de Timur Shah. Ce monument historique, qui s’était dégradé durant les décennies de guerre civile, a été restauré par le Trust Aga Khan pour la culture dans le cadre de son programme permanent de conservation du patrimoine culturel de l’Afghanistan.

Kabul’s Timur Shah Mausoleum Opened by President Karzai and the Aga Khan
19 October 2012 - President Karzai and the Aga Khan officially opened the restored mausoleum of Timur Shah on 19 October 2012. The historic monument, which had fallen into disrepair during decades of civil war, has been restored as part of an on-going programme undertaken by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture to preserve the cultural heritage of Afghanistan.

President Amadou Toumani Touré Opens Centre for Earthen Architecture in Mali
29 October 2010 - On 29 October 2010, President Amadou Toumani Touré of Mali officially opened the new Centre for Earthen Architecture in Mopti. The centre, located in the city’s Komoguel district, is the outcome of a public-private partnership between the Ministry of Culture, the municipality of Mopti and the Aga Khan Trust for Culture.

Fastest Growing City in Africa Gets 103-hectare Urban Park
22 September 2010 - President of Mali and Aga Khan Inaugurate National Park of Mali as part of events to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Malian Independence.

US$ 2.4 million Revitalisation of Forodhani Park in Zanzibar’s Historic Stone Town Completed
29 July 2009 - The US$ 2.4 million restoration of Forodhani Park in Zanzibar’s Historic Stone Town has been completed by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC). The revitalisation project has transformed the heavily used park – one of the last open spaces in this densely populated World Heritage Site – and upgraded social and recreational amenities in the historic Park.

Two Major Landmarks Restored in Historic Cairo (Media Advisory)
26 October 2007 - In a ceremony here today, His Highness the Aga Khan, His Excellency Farouk Hosni, Egypt’s Minister of Culture, and His Excellency 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.

Lahore Walled City Project to Benefit from a Public-Private Partnership between Government of Punjab and the Aga Khan Trust for Culture
02 July 2007 - The Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) joined the Government of the Punjab and the World Bank today in support of a project for the regeneration, renewal, and conservation of Lahore’s Walled City.

Aga Khan Creates New 30-hectare Park in Historic Cairo (Media Advisory)
01 February 2005 - The creation of the 30-hectare (74-acre) Al-Azhar park, undertaken in the historic district of Cairo by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, is proving to be a catalyst for urban renewal in one of the most congested cities in the world.

Resurgence of Mostar’s Historic City Centre: New Agency for Conservation and Development to Build on Completed Projects (Media Advisory)
23 July 2004 - In tandem with the opening of Mostar’s reconstructed Old Bridge, city officials and representatives of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) and the World Monuments Fund (WMF) will inaugurate a wide range of projects that include urban planning, the restoration of monuments, the improvement of historic houses and streetscape enhancements.

Aga Khan and Assad Discuss Syria Development Priorities
16 February 2004 - His Highness the Aga Khan today concluded a three-day official visit to Syria during which he had meetings with President Bashar al-Assad and a series of discussions with Ministers on key development priorities for the country.

President Mubarak and Aga Khan Discuss Cairo Projects
04 May 1999 - President Hosni Mubarak today discussed with His Highness the Aga Khan, Imam of the Ismaili Muslims, an integrated plan for development of Cairo's largest park, and innovative cultural restoration and economic revitalisation projects being undertaken by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture in the capital's historic old city.