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  • Al-Azhar Park, Cairo, Egypt.
    AKDN / Gary Otte
  • Conservation and Revitalisation of Darb al-Ahmar, Cairo, Egypt.
    AKDN / Gary Otte
  • Conservation work at the Amir Aqsunqur Funerary Complex (Blue Mosque), Cairo, Egypt.
    AKCS-E
  • Ayyubid Wall after restoration, Cairo, Egypt.
    AKDN / Christian Richters
  • Mosque of Amir Aqsunqur al-Nassery, also known as the Blue Mosque (1347), Darb al-Ahmar, Cairo, Egypt.
    AKDN / Matjaz Kacicnik
Cultural development

Darb al-Ahmar, the district adjacent to Al-Azhar Park, is the site for several heritage restoration projects and social programmes undertaken by the agencies of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN).  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 (AKTC), has become a catalyst for urban renewal in one of the most congested cities in the world.  As with other projects within the Aga Khan Historic Cities Programme (AKHCP), each restoration project was complemented by social programmes in areas adjacent to the restoration projects.