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Egypt's govt to demolish NDP HQ, give land to Egyptian Museum
Headquarters for former president Hosni Mubarak's political party to be razed and the land given to the adjoining Egyptian Museum
Ahram Online, Thursday 27 Mar 2014
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NDP Headquarter still burning on 29 January morning

Egypt's cabinet has decided to demolish the headquarters of toppled president Hosni Mubarak's political party and give the space to the adjoining garden and building of the Egyptian Museum, the cabinet's spokesman Hani Salah said on Thursday at a press conference.

The National Democratic Party (NDP) building was torched by protesters on 28 January 2011, during the uprising which eventually led to Mubarak's ouster, and has remained in a state of abandon ever since, despite being located next to the Egyptian Museum, one of the country's most important tourist attractions.

Documents held at the Egyptian Registry and Land Survey Authority show that the riverfront piece of property was originally part of the museum when it was built in 1901, according to an Al-Ahram Weekly story from last month. The land was used as a cargo dock for boats transporting antiquities down river from Luxor, Aswan and the rest of Upper Egypt for restoration and display at the museum.

The government has fielded many suggestions in the last three years as to what it should do with the eyesore of a building, given its landmark location in Tahrir Square.



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Jennifer Bremer
30-03-2014 03:22am
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NDP headquarters land to go to Egyptian museum
This is a great idea and one I have advocated myself (although I can't claim any credit for the decision). I hope that they will make the land, or at least most of it, a "people's park" where vendors can register to sell souvenirs and speakers can have their say. Cairo really needs more parks for ordinary people to use, and where could it be more needed than along the Corniche and close to all those bus-stops! An attractive pedestrian crossing or even an underground passage to the waterfront would be a great addition. Better yet, lower that whole stretch of the Corniche down to Qasr al-Nil bridge and build a pedestrian park on top, running down to the water. Madbouly, are you listening?
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