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Egypt to develop citadel as new hub of Historic Cairo

As Egypt gears up to welcome tourists next month, the country’s Supreme Council of Antiquities and Sovereign Wealth Fund signed a contract to develop Cairo’s historical area of Bab al-Azab, where the imposing Salah al-Din al-Ayyubi Citadel is located.
A general view of Saladin Citadel at the centre of downtown Cairo, Egypt, January 21, 2018. Picture taken January 21, 2018. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany - RC19A58C7300

Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities signed an agreement on June 2 to transfer Cairo’s historical area of Bab al-Azab, which includes the imposing Salah al-Din al-Ayyubi Citadel, to the control of the Egyptian Sovereign Wealth Fund to develop and manage the site in order to increase its tourism appeal.

Overlooking Egypt’s capital and dominating its eastern skyline, the Cairo Citadel, was erected in the 13th century and for nearly 700 years was the home of the country’s rulers. The fortress, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site as part of Islamic Cairo in 1979, features towers and gateways and its walls encircle a number of museums and three mosques, including the famous Mohamed Ali Mosque, commissioned in the 19th century. It is one of the main non-pharaonic tourist attractions of Cairo.

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