Egypt has recently begun taking steps to redevelop ‘Historic Cairo’, a unique area that includes mosques, churches and temples, said Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab on Monday.
“The state is interested in preserving human heritage and especially in the development of historical museums,” he stated during a meeting with an UNESCO delegation. The meeting discussed cooperation between the two entities towards the protection of Egyptian history and antiquities.
Museum of Islamic Art
Mahlab added that plans are already underway to renovate the downtown area.
“We have an ambitious programme to re-establish and develop various museums and archaeological areas, such as the Egyptian Museum and the Museum of Civilisation, and to restore the Museum of Islamic Art,” he added.
Egyptian Museum of Cairo
UNESCO delegates further welcomed the initiative to protect the 31 Egyptian locations that are on the World Heritage List. They noted the importance of increasing the number of archaeological sites on the list to preserve them and attract tourists.
A section of Al-Muizz Street in Islamic Cairo
Meanwhile, Director-General of the International Council of Museums (ICOM), Anne-Catherine Robert-Hauglustaine, announced a global conference for heritage expected to take place in Milan in 2016. The conference aims to shed light on the preservation of the world’s cultural heritage sites. She noted that Egypt’s participation is key to highlight Egyptian efforts in maintaining its heritage.
Mohamed Ali Mosque in the Citadel, Cairo