Egypt plans to rebuild Cairo's fire-hit Ataba Market in Mosky

Built in 1892, the 5,200m2 market was hit by a fire that was caused by illegal construction within its premises

Egypt is rebuilding its fire-hit market [representational].
Egypt is rebuilding its fire-hit market [representational].

Egypt’s Ataba market, located in Cairo’s Mosky neighbourhood, will be restored after a massive fire engulfed the 127-year old area in June 2019, causing damages to 180 of its 460 shops.

According to a report by Egypt Today, Egyptian Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly has reviewed plans to redevelop the historical market, built in 1892 on an area of 5,200m2.

As part of the restoration project, fire safety features will be implemented in the market and measures will be taken to secure its historical gates.

As part of the rehabilitation plan, the metal ceiling, truss, and walls of the damaged shops will be restored, and a firefighting alarm system connected to the General Department for Civil Protection will be installed.

Outdated electrical networks will be replaced, with a new company to be hired to manage the market.

Governor of Cairo, Khaled Abdel Aal, said the fire that damaged the market was caused by the surge in the number of unlicensed and unplanned shops that were built against the market’s civil protection plan.

The governor said Egypt’s Minister of Endowment, Mokhtar Gomaa, would review the validity and legality of contracts for shops in the market, with fines and closures to be implemented against violators.

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