In Photos: Egypt's Al-Muizz Street Signage Project enhances tourist experience

Nevine El-Aref , Tuesday 2 Jan 2024

In a bid to celebrate and preserve Egypt's cultural and historical legacy, the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, in collaboration with the UNESCO office in Cairo, has completed the first phase of the Al-Muizz Street Signage Project.

Al-Muizz Street


This initiative aims to interpret and display the archaeological sites registered on the UNESCO World Heritage List along the historic Al-Muizz Street to showcase Cairo’s treasures.

The newly installed signage serves as a beacon for tourists, providing a rich tapestry of information about each heritage site on Al-Muizz Street, an open-air museum renowned for its architectural marvels, spanning centuries of Islamic history.

"This initiative goes beyond mere signposts. It's about creating a narrative that brings each site to life, connecting visitors with the cultural depth of our heritage," said Mostafa Waziri, secretary-general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, highlighting the project's significance in offering visitors a more immersive and educational experience.

He explained that the first phase of the project included the design, execution, and installation of 40 informative and directional panels across 14 archaeological sites on Al-Muizz Street. Each panel not only offers historical context but also incorporates QR codes for digital exploration, allowing visitors to delve deeper into the architectural wonders and historical significance of each location.

Sunshades, seats, and recycle bins are also provided along the street; slopes and pathways were created for visitors with disabilities.

"We wanted to ensure that the signage not only imparts information but also enhances the overall experience. The inclusion of QR codes and archival images from the early 20th century adds an interactive element, making the journey through Al-Muizz Street truly captivating," explained Bassem Ibrahim, director-general of the General Administration of Services for Archaeological Sites and Museums.

The second phase of the project is set to commence soon, promising more than 70 additional informational and directional panels for the remaining archaeological gems on Al-Muizz Street, he added.
The initiative aligns with the national strategy for tourism development in Egypt, focusing on providing accessible and enriching experiences for visitors.

As the project unfolds, Al-Muizz Street stands poised to become not just a physical journey through time but a multimedia exploration of Egypt's rich cultural heritage, inviting tourists from around the world to delve into the stories embedded in its historic edifices.


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