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

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Friday, 2005, March 25
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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, inaugurated the largest public park built in Cairo in over a century.

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H.H. Prince Karim Aga Khan IV
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Al-Azhar Park

Speech

INAUGURATION OF AL-AZHAR PARK - 2005-03-25

Source: 
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.

Speech by His Highness the Aga Khan - Cairo - CROWDED CAIRO GETS ITS OWN VISION OF CENTRAL PARK - 2005-03-25

Source: 
www.akdn.org

Bi-'smi Llahi 'r-Rahmani 'r-RahimMadame Mubarak, Excellencies, Honoured Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen.

Twenty-one years ago we had a vision that launched us on a journey of inquiry, exploration and discovery that took us through some 1,000 years of history of this extraordinary city.

It was a journey in which we engaged with historians, archeologists, architects and horticulturalists. We worked with engineers, statisticians, sociologists and urban planners. We met with neighbourhood residents and businessmen, artisans and entrepreneurs, young people and old.

Press Release

AGA KHAN AND MADAME MUBARAK INAUGURATE CAIRO'S AL-AZHAR PARK - CROWDED CAIRO GETS ITS OWN VISION OF CENTRAL PARK - 2005-03-25

Source: 
www.akdn.org/news/2005March25.htm

His Highness the Aga Khan speaking with the First Lady of Egypt, Madame Mubarak, during the Al-Azhar Park inauguration ceremonies.The Park as a Catalyst for Social, Economic and Cultural Renewal

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INAUGURATION OF AL-AZHAR PARK - 2005-03-25

Source: 
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.

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

Source: 
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.

Business Today - CROWDED CAIRO GETS ITS OWN VISION OF CENTRAL PARK - 2005-03-25

Source: 
www.businesstodayegypt.com/article.aspx?ArticleID=1440

Looking across Al-Azhar park, your eye is immediately drawn to the stark brown walls of the citadel and the jaunty domes of the Muhammad Ali mosque. But as you look off to the west, the city drops below the horizon, leaving only a surreal panorama of scattered minarets floating behind a grassy foreground.

Speech by His Highness the Aga Khan - Cairo - CROWDED CAIRO GETS ITS OWN VISION OF CENTRAL PARK - 2005-03-25

Source: 
www.akdn.org

Bi-'smi Llahi 'r-Rahmani 'r-RahimMadame Mubarak, Excellencies, Honoured Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen.

Twenty-one years ago we had a vision that launched us on a journey of inquiry, exploration and discovery that took us through some 1,000 years of history of this extraordinary city.

It was a journey in which we engaged with historians, archeologists, architects and horticulturalists. We worked with engineers, statisticians, sociologists and urban planners. We met with neighbourhood residents and businessmen, artisans and entrepreneurs, young people and old.

Greener pastures - CROWDED CAIRO GETS ITS OWN VISION OF CENTRAL PARK - 2005-03-25

Source: 
weekly.ahram.org.eg/2005/736/eg8.htm

The Al-Azhar Park has risen through the Cairo smog 20 years after being given the green light, Nevine El-Aref reportsMrs Mubarak and Aga Khan at the official opening of Al-Azhar Park
Spreading over a hill in the heart of Islamic Cairo, the new Al-Azhar Park offers 15 million Cairenes, as well as tourists, some much needed leisure and recreational space with magnificent views of historic Cairo's countless architectural treasures.

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