It is early evening at the Forodhani Gardens and the gentle breeze blowing from the Indian Ocean provides for a relaxing atmosphere, but for 25-year-old Nuhu Halfan Hamisi, it is another night of work. He had spent the whole day preparing food, which he has now laid out on a stand ready for hungry clients. He is among many other food vendors who owe their … Continue reading Unique cuisine at Zanzibar’s scenic Forodhani Gardens
Aired on BBC World 3 July @ 0130, 0830 GMT and 4 July @ 1430, 2030 GMT [For broadcast times in your time zone look up http://www.bbcworldnews.com For more information, please see the Heritage Heroes website. From the Heritage Heroes Website: “Zanzibar’s Forodhani Park was shabby and decrepit until the Aga Khan Trust for Culture decided to restore it to its former condition. The project was … Continue reading BBC World’s “Heritage Heroes” Series Featured Aga Khan Trust for Culture
Zanzibar, Tanzania – Hero: The Aga Khan Trust for Culture Zanzibar’s Forodhani Park was shabby and decrepit until the Aga Khan Trust for Culture decided to restore it to its former condition. http://www.heritageheroes.org/series/series1/zanzibar-norway-china/viewfull Related: http://www.theismaili.org Aga Khan Trust for Culture Continue reading BBC’s Heritage Heroes Video is now up
Guardian Weekly reader Dolar Vasani describes a visit to Zanzibar’s Forodhani Gardens – a seafront sanctuary filled with walkways, benches and food stalls Zanzibar is hot and sticky. It is the prelude to the long rains. In the evenings, I find myself looking to escape the stuffiness of my hotel room. Within a short walk, past the madrasa, are the Forodhani Gardens, a seafront sanctuary … Continue reading Tanzania: is Zanzibar an urban idyll? | Guardian Weekly
Forodhani Park Even when it has rained, the heat can still be unbearable. Considering the huge number of airplanes on the tarmac, it is easy to conclude that many tourists love to visit this beautiful coast. Various air charter companies ferry tourists to Zanzibar in all manner of aircraft from the smallest that carry just four people to the largest accommodating more than 50 passengers. … Continue reading A tour of the famous Zanzibar Island | The Standard
Zanzibar: an urban idyll? Guardian Weekly reader Dolar Vasani describes a visit to Zanzibar’s Forodhani Gardens – a seafront sanctuary filled with walkways, benches and food stalls Zanzibar is hot and sticky. It is the prelude to the long rains. In the evenings, I find myself looking to escape the stuffiness of my hotel room. Within a short walk, past the madrasa, are the Forodhani … Continue reading Visit to Zanzibar’s Forodhani Gardens
By FRED OLUOCH Posted Monday, August 10 2009 at 00:00 Sandwiched between the historic Stone Town and the Indian Ocean, Forodhani Park in Zanzibar is an excellent blend of old and new. The park was rehabilitated recently by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture at a cost of $2.4 million. It is now a good blend of modernity and history. The success is hinged on … Continue reading The East African – Development is a walk in the park…
http://www.coastweek.com/3232-17.htm Print PDF: Aga Khan in Zanzibar – Coastweek All related: http://www.akdn.org/Content/839 Continue reading His Highness the Aga Khan in Zanzibar – Coastweek article
Part of what makes this site so captivating, is that it links the natural environment with the built environment, the Divine Creation, on the one hand with human creativity on the other. Here endless seascapes humble us in the face of the eternal and unknowable – while a splendid cityscape expresses the confident accomplishments of particular historic moments. It is not surprising that the waterfront … Continue reading Stone Town Zanzibar
By MIKE MANDE and FRED OLUOCH – Monday, August 3 2009 – After 18 months of painstaking work, the Forodhani Park in Zanzibar was finally opened to the public on Thursday. Rehabilitated by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) at a cost of $2.2 million, the park was officially opened by Zanzibari President Amani Abeid Karume in a function that was also attended by … Continue reading Forodhani Park shines again, after $2m facelift
30 July 2009
His Excellency President Karume and Mrs. Karume
Honourable Deputy Chief Minister of Zanzibar
Honourable Chief Justice
Honourable Minister Mansour Himid, and I thank you for your very kind words
Excellencies, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen
It is a distinct pleasure for me to be part of this great occasion – in this very special setting.
As we look to the extraordinary landmark buildings on one side of this historic site – and to the splendid seascape on the other side – and as we also look back upon the rich history of the ground on which we stand – we realize how privileged we are to be part of this place -and part of its revitalization.
Let me begin by thanking all of you who have contributed so much to the success of the Forodhani Park restoration – and the Seafront Rehabilitation Project of which it is a part. This work has been a great partnership – an example of what can be done when people come together, with a common purpose, and share their knowledge – from the public and the private sector, from the local, national and international level, from civil society and many many different professions.
This coming together of people from many backgrounds has been a central theme in the history of Zanzibar for over a thousand years – since the first Arab traders were blown this way by the monsoon winds in the 8th Century. Through the centuries, Zanzibar became one of the central crossroads of commerce and culture. Here people from all sides of the Indian Ocean came to encounter one another – in ways which were ordinary and extra ordinary, tragic and invigorating.
Zanzibar, 30/07/2009 – His Highness the Aga Khan and His Excellency Dr Amani Abeid Karume, President of Zanzibar and Chairman of the Revolutionary Council, presided over the ceremony that marked the completion of the restoration of Forodhani Park, the central meeting place in Stone Town, Zanzibar. view slideshow Speech: By His Highness the Aga Khan, 30 July 2009 Brief: Stone Town Seafront Rehabilitation: Forodhani Park … Continue reading Inauguration of Forodhani Park’s Rehabilitation
By Costantine Sebastian, Zanzibar – His Highness the Aga Khan yesterday assured Zanzibar of continued support in undertaking development projects, including setting up a microfinance scheme that will provide loans amounting to more than Sh1 billion. Speaking during the opening of the refurbished Forodhani Park, the Aga Khan said the initiative would offer about 1,000 loans to different segments of Zanzibaris. Forodhani Park has been … Continue reading Aga Khan pledges support for Zanzibar | The Citizen
Coastweek H.H. Aga Khan ends week long visit in Kenya to review progress of the AKDN projects Exclusive photographs courtesy Ejaz Karmali in Mombasa and Aziz Islamshah in Nairobi Coastweek — His Highness the Aga Khan, accompanied by his daughter Princess Zahra, ended a week-long visit to Kenya to view progress on various projects of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) in the country. http://www.coastweek.com/3231-18.htm … Continue reading His Highness the Aga Khan visits Mombasa Academy | Coastweek
Zanzibar, 29 July 2009 – The US$ 2.4 million restoration of Forodhani Park in Zanzibar’s Historic Stone Town has been completed by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC). Please also see the Brief: Stone Town Seafront Rehabilitation: Forodhani Park The revitalisation project has transformed the heavily used park – one of the last open spaces in this densely populated World Heritage Site – and … Continue reading AKDN: US$ 2.4 million Revitalisation of Forodhani Park in Zanzibar’s Historic Stone Town Completed