Zanzibar's Old Stone Town has been designated by UNESCO as one of the world's one hundred most important historic cities and this year a major restoration programme reached completion. The President of Zanzibar, Dr Salmin Amour, inaugurated the project, in the presence of the Aga Khan and President Benjamin Mkapa of Tanzania, with which Zanzibar united in 1964. The inauguration marked almost ten years of involvement by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, which, in co-operation with the governments concerned, is restoring and adapting significant buildings and public spaces and opening up new tourist opportunities, both in Zanzibar and on the Tanzanian mainland. The two restored buildings, in the heart of the old town, form a cultural centre, which it is hoped will boost the local economy and stimulate interest in the region without jeopardising its unique traditions and environmental qualities.


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