From the press office of Samir Farag
“For the second time in a row we have been shortlisted in the prestigious competition organised by Islamic Capitals and Cities. Karnak Temple Plaza development was in category to improve and beautify a city. “ said Dr Samir Farag, Governor of Luxor. This is the second time in a row Luxor has been rewarded, this time with second place. The first time was in 2007 for the comprehensive plan to develop the whole of Luxor, in the category of regional and urban planning. This year’s prize was awarded for the project to develop the Plaza in front of Karnak Temple, this was implemented at a cost of 80 million pounds. It removed all the slums in the surrounding area of the temple and opened up a vista, so the visitor standing in the middle of the temple gates can see the temple of Hatshepsut on the opposite bank of the Nile, the West Bank of Luxor, exactly like the ancient Egyptians did.