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Decision : 29 COM 7B.42
Islamic Cairo (Egypt)

The World Heritage Committee,

1. Having examined the Document WHC-05/29.COM/7B.Rev,

2. Recalling its Decision 28 COM 15B.47 adopted at its 28th session (Suzhou, 2004),

3. Commends the State Party of Egypt for the actions taken to rehabilitate the property by implementing conservation works on the historic buildings;

4. Regrets that no progress has been made on the implementation of the recommendations made by the International Symposium held in Cairo in February 2002, and particularly to:

a) designate Historic Cairo as a Special Planning District, with buffer zones, in accordance with the provisions of the Operational Guidelines, and

b) prepare a comprehensive Urban Plan for the Conservation and Development of the Old City, whereby the conservation of historic buildings would be accompanied by appropriate development regulations to encourage the rehabilitation of the urban fabric so as to ensure its compatibility with the historic character of Islamic Cairo;

5. Urges the State Party to take the immediate necessary steps to elaborate the requested Plan and all related actions, in order to sustain the outstanding universal value of the property;

6. Requests the State Party to identify the exact boundaries of the World Heritage property and its buffer zone on a detailed topographic map at the appropriate scale and to submit it, together with a report on the progress made in the implementation of the above recommendations by 1 February 2006, for examination by the Committee at its 30th session (Vilnius, 2006).

 Decisions Report
Context of Decision
Themes: Conservation
Focal Point: ARB
States Parties: Egypt
Properties: Historic Cairo
Year: 2005
Decision Code: 29 COM 7B.42