In the heart of Old Cairo, on the edge of a slum, a park is born. Yasmine El-Rashidi watches a phoenix emerge from the ashesphotos: Mohamed Wassim - The 74-acre park with its undulating landscape of lawns, streams and lush vegetation, was a garbage dump
Cairo is a city of streets, pavements and apartment blocks. A city committed to tarmac and concrete, with a very low tolerance for nature and open space. Not only does it have no equivalent of London's Hyde Park or New York's Central Park, but even a truncated version of those urban gardens has always seemed an unlikely eventuality.
Prime Minister Mohammad Naji Ottri on Monday received Rahim Agha Khan, Son of His Highness Prince Karim Agha Khan.The two sides reviewed programs and activities of the Agha Khan Network for developing cooperation between the Network and Syria in the fields of financing and establishing projects for preservation of archeological sites, rural development projects and small loans, in addition to other development cultural and tourist projects.
The two sides also discussed establishing a project for culture and tourist marketing in Damascus.
Mountain-high university planned - TAJIKISTAN: AGA KHAN TO LAY CORNERSTONES OF CENTRAL ASIA UNIVERSITY - 2004-07-05Posted July 9th, 2009 by heritage
The Aga Khan, leader of the world's Ismaili Muslims, has been describing his plans for a university in one of the most remote areas on earth.
The university, high in the heart of the Pamir Mountains of Tajikistan in Central Asia, will be the first specifically for mountain people.
It will serve a population scattered across a vast, isolated area stretching from Afghanistan to China.
Most people there live in poverty and use donkey carts for transport.
Life is a constant struggle against winter storms, hunger and often earthquakes.
L'Aga Khan bavarde avec des étudiantes, vendredi à Mombasa - KIBAKI INAUGURATES AGA KHAN ACADEMY - 2003-12-21Posted July 9th, 2009 by heritage
Kenya: l'Aga Khan inaugure sa première 'Académie' mondialeMOMBASA (Kenya) (AFP) - 20/12/2003 15h13 - L'Aga Khan et le président kényan Mwai Kibaki ont inauguré samedi à Mombasa, sur la côte kényane de l'océan Indien, le premier 'Centre d'excellence' d'enseignement créé au monde par la Fondation du souverain de la communauté musulmane isma
PRESIDENT Yoweri Museveni has expressed gratitude to the Aga Khan Group of Companies for bringing a professional hotel investment and management system to Uganda.
The President on Thursday received Prince Amyn Mohammed Aga Khan at State House, Nakasero, a statement said.
Amyn Mohammed is the young brother of the Aga Khan, the spiritual leader of the Ismailia Community.
Kampala Serena Hotel will spur tourism investment - KAMPALA SERENA HOTEL WILL SPUR TOURISM INVESTMENT - 2004-02-11Posted July 9th, 2009 by heritage
Serena Tourism Promotion Services (a subsidiary of the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development) has signed a thirty-year lease concession agreement with the Government of Uganda and agreed to invest US$18 million investment for extensive refurbishment and upgrading of the former Nile Hotel which will re-open in September 2005 as the Kampala Serena Hotel.
THE WORLD of architecture overflows with awards, including the $100,000 American Pritzker Prize, the $200,000 Japanese Praemium Imperiale and Britain's RIBA Gold Medal, which was founded in 1848. All are trumped in key ways by the Aga Khan's triennial Awards for Architecture, which carries a bounty of $500,000 for projects that benefit Muslim communities.
President Museveni will be displaced as Nile Hotel begins renovations.Finance minister Gerald Sendaula announced yesterday that the $19 million (Shs 37 billion) renovation of the hotel complex would require tenants to give way.
The renovation - the first in a two-phase process - kicks off on February 11, the day government will hand the complex over to Serena Hotels to run it for 30 years.
Le premier avion de la Compagnie Aérienne du Mali volera en juin prochain - AGA KHAN FUND AND MALI JOIN FOR NEW AIRLINE - 2005-02-18Posted July 9th, 2009 by heritage
Vendredi, au ministère de l'équipement et des transports, la signature de documents relatifs à la nouvelle Compagnie Aérienne du Mali (CAM), entre le gouvernement et le partenaire stratégique, le groupe Aga Khan, a eu lieu..
President Gen Pervez Musharraf has called upon the international donors and the private sector to help remove poverty by extending adequate grants and loans specially for the establishment of micro-finance banks in the country.
'My government has created a policy framework for investment in the micro-finance banking and now the international donors and the private sector should invest in Pakistan and take the advantage of our liberal policies', he added.
Le président tanzanien rassure les investisseurs sur son successeur - AGA KHAN ATTENDS ROUND TABLE CONFERENCE - 2005-05-13Posted July 9th, 2009 by heritage
Dar es Salaam, Tanzanie, 12/05 - Le président tanzanien sortant, Benjamin Mkapa a déclaré aux investisseurs de ne pas se préoccuper à propos de son successeur, Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, en déclarant que ce dernier était aussi engagé à renforcer le secteur privé.
M. Mkapa a déclaré que M. Kikwete était un de ses plus fidèles lieutenants et qu'il ne se contenterait pas de défendre ce que lui- même avait construit, mais qu'il ferait même mieux.
Close to 1,000 Muslim health care professionals from around the country will meet in Atlanta this weekend to discuss medical treatment and training programs in developing countries.
The doctors, nurses and researchers are with the Ismaili Health Professional Association, a Houston-based group that runs clinics and organizes missions in Asia and Africa.
Ismailis represent about 15 million of the more than 1 billion Muslims worldwide. They are a subset of Shiite Muslims, who are a separate, smaller Muslim community than the majority Sunni Muslims.
Le réseau du développement d'Aga Khan en mission exploratoire en RDC - LE PRINCE AGA KHAN EN VISITE A KINSHASA - 2004-04-23Posted July 9th, 2009 by heritage
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Muslim world slow to respond to pressing ethical issues: Aga Khan - AGA KHAN SPEAKS TO THOUSANDS IN TORONTO AND VANCOUVER - 2005-06-10Posted July 9th, 2009 by heritage
The wealthy philanthropist, who praised Canada's multiculturalism, said it's time Islamic people joined global debates, writes HAYLEY MICK
The Aga Khan says the Muslim world has been late to join the West in the debate over the most pressing ethical issues of our time, such as stem-cell research.
'The Islamic world is far behind on some of these issues and yet we're facing them all the time,' the leader of 15 million Ismaili Muslims told the Citizen editorial board in a rare interview yesterday.
LE SECRETAIRE GENERAL EST ATTRISTE PAR LA MORT DU PRINCE SADRUDDIN AGA KHAN - CONDOLENCES - 2003-05-16Posted July 9th, 2009 by heritage
La déclaration suivante a été communiquée aujourd'hui par le porte-parole du Secrétaire général, M. Kofi Annan:Le Secrétaire général a appris avec tristesse la mort du Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan, ancien Haut Commissaire des Nations Unies pour les réfugiés, philanthrope et ami de longue date des Nations Unies.
Nakhoda Masjid: A magical blend of form and aesthetics to create volume and space - RESTORE PROP FOR MUSLIM ARCHITECTURE - 2003-05-29Posted July 9th, 2009 by heritage
The majestic form and prominence of Nakhoda Masjid, in the din and bustle of central Calcutta, the remarkable mosque of Prince Ghulam Mohammad in Tollygunge, or the intricate stucco work and surface decoration on Nawab Wajid Ali Shah's tomb in Metiabruz.
Lead Architect and Landscape Architect Selected for University of Central Asia Campuses - ARCHITECT SELECTED FOR UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL ASIA CAMPUSES - 2004-06-25Posted July 9th, 2009 by heritage
His Highness the Aga Khan has announced the selection of the lead architect and the landscape architect for the three sites of the University of Central Asia. The three campuses, in Tekeli, Kazakhstan; Naryn, Kyrgyz Republic; and Khorog, Tajikistan, are being conceived as innovative 'university parks'.
New bridges to provide vital food access - AFGHANISTAN: NEW BRIDGES TO PROVIDE VITAL FOOD ACCESS - 2002-07-25Posted July 9th, 2009 by heritage
The construction of five new bridges by the Aga Khan Foundation between the remote northeastern Afghan province of Badakhshan and the southeastern Badakhshoni Khui province in Tajikistan, will help improve the food situation in extremely vulnerable areas, aid workers told IRIN on Thursday. Both provinces are very mountainous, difficult to reach and are geographically isolated in economic terms.
Spiritual leader of Ismailis Prince Karim Aga Khan called on General Pervez Musharraf and Prime Minister Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali here on Wednesday and discussed matters pertaining to mutual interest with them.
Aga Khan held detailed talks with Mr Jamali on the prospects of investment in various fields especially the telecommunication, financial, and social sectors.
The Aga Khan, spiritual leader of the world's estimated 15 million Ismaili Muslims and one of the world's richest men, is planning to build a museum in midtown Toronto to house valuable collections of Islamic art -- the first of its kind in the English-speaking world.
The museum will also include an academic and cultural centre focused on the study and practice of pluralism.