Selected One of World's Best Places
The Project for Public Places selected Azhar Park
as one of 60 of the "World's Best Places".
The Project for Public Places, which works to help "people turn their public spaces into vital community places" has selected Azhar Park
as one of the "60 of the World's Best Places".
From its citation: "Why It Works?
In transforming such a large part of Cairo, which was for so long used as an open dump, the impact of Al-Azhar Park on the city is tremendous.
It has been planned with a multitude of activities in mind and incorporates a conceptualised hilltop lookout kiosk, a children's play area, an amphitheatre and stage, playing fields, a viewing plaza and a historical wall promenade.
For more information, please see the Project for Public Spaces website.
Azhar Park Receives Travel + Liesure 2005 Global Vision Innovation Award
The Aga Khan Trust for Culture
received the Travel + Liesure
2005 Global Vision Award for Innovation.
From the citation: "Our judges were drawn to the extraordin-arily multifaceted approach of this project: Al-Azhar
provides leisure and recreational space to a city that has little; acts as an engine of social and economic development for neighboring residents; and is a catalyst for historic preservation.
In a city where the amount of green space per resident was roughly the size of a footprint, Al-Azhar
is a much-needed green lung for Cairo's 17 million inhabitants... Al- Azhar
has proven to be one of the most significant urban renewal efforts in recent history.
Find out more on Azhar Park.