Time Experience – Museum Of Memory

A World Heritage Site - Museum of Memory; Located in Al Hattaba, Old Cairo, Egypt which is characterized by its urban fabric that back to before 1807 and has not changed since that date.
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Designer(s) : Saif Eldin Ragaei Emara

University : Helwan University

Tutor(s) : Dr.Baha Wagdi


Since the establishment of Al-Hattaba in the Mamluk era, it was a residential extension of the Citadel of Salahuddin. Then, in the Ottoman era, it became a service and handicraft area supplying firewood and the surrounding neighbourhoods. This is in addition to its location at the beginning of the Hajj path, where it witnessed the outlet of the loader annually and supplied its pilgrims and tanks with water. With the accession of Muhammad Ali Pasha to the throne of Egypt, the importance of Al-Hattaba became more important, especially after the construction of the new gate of the castle, which passes the road leading to Al-Hattaba, which is the road that Muhammad Ali Pasha used to go up to the castle inside his horse-drawn carriage.


It is developing the region, reviving its touristic role, focusing on the lifestyle in the region, highlighting the most important crafts in it, and making the region appear as a region that expresses itself through its museum that displays its history from the Mamluk era to the present day.


Finding a tourist attraction (memorial museum) that activates tourism in the region, revitalising heritage areas, and activating a tourist path in it, mainly through the museum overlooking ALHATTABA and passing through other archaeological points.

Activating crafts known in the area as Sadaf, Khyammia, and metals, and creating a market in the area that activates the tourist path.

Reviving an identity for the area, after it partially vanished after Al bab Al Jadid was closed.


The project consists of the main building, which is the memorial museum, which displays the history of the region and the history of the crafts in it, from wood in the era of Muhammad Ali to Khiyamiyah in our time. And it presented the most important possessions of the people of the region, which they inherited during successive generations, and presented the lifestyle of its people and their tools during history, their methods of manufacturing Khyamimia and so on.

The visitor is exposed during his trip to many different experiences, which are dealing directly with different materials and linking them to the scents that characterize the region, such as Bukhuor and Hattab. There is also a Souq in the project where the people of the region offer their work.


The historical buildings such as Sabil Shaikhu, Khanqah Nezamyah, Manjaq youseffi Mosque, Katkhuda Haud, Dareh Al shurafa and Yunus Al Duadar Dome will also be renovated and using them as exhibition halls.