The Prime Minister inspects the project to restore and revive Sultan Hussein Kamel Palace

Cairo, June 14 / Asha / Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly praised the efforts to restore and preserve archaeological buildings and make optimal use of them, stressing that the state’s interest in reviving historic Cairo and preserving its heritage buildings is parallel to the interest in establishing the new administrative capital. We have a great history made by our grandparents, we take care of it and preserve it, and we create a future for our children and grandchildren that they will be proud of.
This came during the Prime Minister’s visit, today, Monday, to the project of restoring and reviving Sultan Hussein Kamel Palace and transforming it into a complex for digital creativity and entrepreneurship, accompanied by the Ministers of Tourism and Antiquities Dr. Khaled Al-Anani, Education and Technical Education Dr. Tarek Shawky, Local Development Mahmoud Shaarawy, and Communications and Information Technology Dr. Amr Talaat, the public business sector Hisham Tawfiq, Cairo Governor Khaled Abdel Aal, and officials of the Engineering Authority of the Armed Forces.
During his tour, the Prime Minister listened to an explanation from Dr. Amr Talaat about the components of the project to establish the Digital Egypt Creativity Center at Sultan Hussein Kamel Palace, which comes within the framework of the state’s interest in transforming buildings of cultural value owned by some state agencies into centers for the development of creativity and entrepreneurship among youth. As well as in light of the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology’s plan to spread Egypt’s Digital Creativity Centers throughout the country to provide a stimulating environment for technological innovation and entrepreneurship among youth.
The Minister of Communications and Information Technology indicated that a set of necessary technical and technological construction procedures are being implemented, in addition to restoration work at Sultan Hussein Kamel Palace, in a way that it will be repurposed to become one of Egypt’s digital innovation centers while preserving the architectural style and heritage value of the building. The palace is located in front of the Baron Palace in the Heliopolis district, and it consists of a basement and three floors.
The minister added that the Digital Egypt Creativity Center at Sultan Hussein Kamel Palace is scheduled to include laboratories for international companies, advanced technology laboratories, technology incubators for emerging companies, training rooms, meeting rooms, as well as shared work spaces.
Dr. Amr Talaat pointed out that a tripartite cooperation protocol was signed between: the Ministries of Communications and Information Technology, represented by Telecom Egypt, Education and Technical Education, as the tenant, and the business sector, represented by Heliopolis Company for Housing and Development, as the owner of the building; In order to carry out the necessary renovations and repairs to the archaeological building of Sultan Hussein’s Palace, which is located within one of the schools affiliated to the Directorate of Education in Cairo, and to turn it into a center for the development of creativity and youth entrepreneurship, provided that the initiative is implemented in several stages; All this is based on the approval issued in 2019 by the Permanent Committee of Islamic and Coptic Antiquities of the Ministry of Antiquities to exploit Sultan Hussein’s Palace in this regard.
The minister added that the construction works and meticulous archaeological restorations in the palace had been completed by 85%, and the “electromechanical” and “landscape” works were being completed, and the palace was furnished and furnished with the latest means of communication and modern technological technologies.
He added that the Digital Egypt Creativity Centers aim to prepare cadres that contribute to the support and development of the ICT industry by training young people in various disciplines of ICT sciences, spreading a culture of technological innovation, motivating young people to entrepreneurship, and supporting the transformation of innovative ideas for youth based on information technology. And communications, to entrepreneurial projects, explaining that Egypt ranks first regionally and continentally in the “Kearney” index of global outsourcing services sites, as well as the first place in the Middle East and Africa in terms of the number of investment deals for emerging companies, and Egypt is at the top regionally in terms of the availability of skilled labor The country’s susceptibility to digital transformation. 100 countries receive services from Egypt in 20 languages, with Egypt accounting for 17% of the outsourcing services industry.
In this regard, the Minister pointed out that partnerships have been established with a number of international bodies in the areas of: training, technical management and technical support, technology availability and building foundations for systems, including partnerships with Babson University, the first university in the United States of America in the field of entrepreneurship. And Innovation, and Plug and Play, in addition to other companies including Microsoft, Huawei and Ericsson.
He pointed out that a plan is being implemented to establish 15 digital innovation centers in a number of governorates in three phases. The first phase includes the establishment of five centers in Mansoura, Menoufia, Minya, Sohag, and South Wadi Qena; The second phase includes the establishment of a center in Ismailia, Aswan, Cairo, Giza, and the New Administrative Capital; The third phase of the project is being planned to launch the centers in additional governorates, where cooperation protocols have been signed with the Universities of Benha, Fayoum and Zagazig to establish digital innovation centers there.
For his part, the Minister of Tourism and Antiquities touched on the historical background of Sultan Hussein Kamel Palace, explaining that it was one of the first facilities that were built in Heliopolis. Its engineering drawings were drawn up in 1908 AD in the name of Prince Hussein before taking over the Sultanate and signed by the architect, Alexander Marcel, and the Prince By buying it from a railway company and Ain Shams oases (currently Heliopolis for Housing and Development) in installments, and after his death, he moved to his wife, the Sultana, a king, based on a contract between her and the company. Then, the contract was terminated so that the palace returned to the ownership of the company, and the Sultana became a leased property to him and not the owner.
He added that the total area of ​​the palace takes the form of a triangle surrounded by Al-Thawra Street (formerly Sultan Hussein), Al-Orouba Street (formerly Fuad I) and Nazih Khalifa Street (General Baron Empain), noting that the palace was surrounded by a garden bordered by a metal-worked fence, some of its parts still remain. As well as two entrances, one of them main on Al-Orouba Street, and the other secondary on Nazih Khalifa Street near the service annex.
The minister continued: The facilities inside the palace are divided into the main building in the east, and the service part in the west consisted of a stable and a garage, and on top of that were the residential rooms for servants, and one of those buildings is still present, and the main residential part consists of three connected parts, the main middle and western section, with a basement and two floors, as well as a part East represents the extension of Salamlek.
Dr. Khaled Al-Anani explained that the general style of the palace is the new Islamic style; That style, which appeared significantly since the end of the nineteenth century AD and the beginning of the twentieth century, is represented by a cover of elements and decorations that go back to traditional Islamic architecture, but with European planning away from the planning inherited to us before the 19th century AD, and the name of that style came as the new in keeping with the European movement In that period, European historical styles such as Baroque, Renaissance, Romanesque and Neo-Gothic were developed.
He added: The beauty of Islamic architectural and decorative elements is evident in the facades of muqarnas columns, pointed arches, and balconies with plant leaves, as well as from the inside we find the central central space crowned from the top with a dome with floral and geometric decorative decorations inspired by Islamic art with Quranic inscriptions from Surat Al-Fath.
He pointed out that although the general style of the palace follows the modern Islamic style, there are interior halls such as the dining hall and the main reception hall that follow the neo-classical styles, showing the Ionic styles and the various classical decorations such as prosperity horns, arrows and laurel wreaths, in addition to drawings of the nine goddesses of the arts, sons of Zeus. As well as Cupid, as well as drawings of Medusa and a statue of Venus.
In turn, the official of the Engineering Authority of the Armed Forces indicated that the project area is 7,525 square meters, and it consists of the outer wall, green spaces on an area of ​​6039 square meters, an outdoor theater, a restaurant area, electricity service rooms, air conditioning, pumps and an elevator, and the restoration work is currently being completed.
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