Al-Azhar Park, Cairo, Egypt.

AKDN / Gary Otte

Today, the Park draws nearly two million visitors a year. Through gate receipts and revenues from the Park’s restaurants, the Park has become self-sustaining. More importantly, the US$ 30 million project has been a catalyst for positive change in the neighbouring district, evolving well beyond the Park to include the restoration of monuments and public spaces in neighbouring Darb al-Ahmar and socioeconomic initiatives including housing rehabilitation, microfinance, apprenticeships and healthcare.