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The Tahrir Square has witnessed many historic events over the years since it was renamed from “Ismailia Square” to “Tahrir” (Liberation) after the Egyptian Revolution of 1919. However, it wasn’t officially renamed until the revolution of 1952. Most notably, the square was the site of a focal point in Egyptian history on January 25th, 2011. Having endured so much, it only seems fit that it be entitled to a bit of sprucing up. Consequently, it was announced, by Egypt Today, that the Prime Minister, Dr Mostafa Madbouli, has instructed officials to quickly start developing Tahrir Square in Downtown Cairo.
What are the plans for the renovation? Firstly, Madbouli stated that the square will be decorated with a 19-metre long obelisk. He also added that repaving the streets and improving the lighting were included in the plan. Engineer Shehab Mazhar, the consultant in charge of development work, has been put in charge of completing the renovation plan in a short period of time, so construction work could start immediately.
The prime minister explained that this project is part of the government’s ongoing renovation efforts to fulfil the president’s aim to develop Historic Cairo. According to an article in April, General Supervisor of the Historic Cairo Development Project, Mohamed Abdel Aziz, said that around 600 tourist attractions would benefit from the new study and development plan. It also mentioned that the transfer of the government’s headquarters to the New Administrative Capital will be an opportunity to take care of Cairo’s historic buildings as well as archaeological sites and tourist attractions.
We can’t wait to see the new and improved Tahrir Square in its full glory!