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Antiquities Ministry awaiting green light to renovate Cairo antiquities

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The ministry explained that the project would be focused on Islamic and Coptic Cairo

The renovation project will target high-profile areas such as Islamic and Coptic Cairo ( AFP photo \Mohammed Abed)

The renovation project will target high-profile areas such as Islamic and Coptic Cairo
( AFP photo \Mohammed Abed)

By Basma Ragab

The Ministry of State for Antiquities stated that they are awaiting the green light from the Cairo Governorate in order to begin reviewing and renovating the city’s antiquities, which are replete with relics and ruins from the Middle East’s various religious groups. The move comes as part of an effort to jump start the tourism sector.

Muhammad Abdel Aziz, director of the Old Cairo Development Project, and director of the Office for the Ministry of State for Antiquities, said that monuments up for renovation and review are primarily those located in Islamic and Coptic Cairo.

He added that attempts to renovate and repair Cairo’s antiquities and the districts they are located in would help increase tourism rates, particularly in the Old Cairo district, which includes the Amr ibn Al-As Mosque, in addition to a number of old Coptic churches and Jewish synagogues.

He stated that the Ministry was simply awaiting approval from Cairo Governor Osama Kamal in order to begin renovations.

Kamal first introduced the idea to renovate Egypt’s antiquities during a festival which took place in the Al-Fustat market. The renovation process will take place in cooperation with the Arab Association for Science, Culture and Development, the Ministry of Tourism and the Tourism Development Authority.

Translated from Al-Borsa


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