Who Are We
Al Ismaelia for Real Estate Investment S.A.E. (“Al Ismaelia”) is a real estate development company based in Cairo, Egypt, focusing on acquiring and renovating prime real estate in Downtown Cairo with the aim of revitalizing the historic neighborhood and celebrating its unique, organic urban framework.Read More
History of Downtown
For a city with such a long history, many are surprised to learn that Downtown Cairo is less than 200 years old. Until the mid 1800's, the undisputed heart of Egypt's capital city was predominantly swamp land.Read More
Al Ismaelia developed the company’s Urban Planning Project to outline their vision for Downtown Cairo; a vision that not only considers the company’s interests, but the interests of all the neighborhood’s players whom encompass every segment of Cairo’s rich urban fabric.Read More
Strategically, a dialogue should be started between Al Ismaelia and the governorate to start to define both the nature of the interventions required and the complementary roles of a public/private partnership for the rehabilitation of Khedivial Cairo. We propose to initially focus our effort on the western cluster as a demonstration of the range of improvements that should be made to restore its functional and aesthetic character. Its size is manageable, and its proximity to several five-star hotels, government offices and the Egyptian Antiquities Museum make it a natural Downtown destination for both Cairenes and tourists.
The documentation of the precise nature of the intervention strategies to revitalize the western cluster will allow the initiation of a precise dialogue with the responsible authorities, Governorate, GOPP and Urban Harmonization Agency to ascertain their willingness to support and participate in the revitalization of the cluster, including the key component of vehicular and pedestrian traffic management and applicable restoration standards to be mandated on property owners.
Based upon this dialogue, a similar strategy can be developed for the northern cluster and the Study Area as a whole.