MAZAR by Mostakbal City is an exclusive invitation to embark on an inspirational journey through the authentic heritage reinterpreted in a contemporary light. Designed to offer a one-of-a-kind, interconnected experience combining an all-inclusive sense of place, diverse beauty spots and a multitude of soulful experiences, the spine will serve as Egypt’s largest meeting point, boasting arts and culture, world-class dining, innovation hubs and retail attractions —all nestled in an environmentally friendly, lively ambiance.
Inspired by original piazzas and rich historical building facades, MAZAR will lure wanderers to explore hidden gems around every corner, spanning manicured gardens, calm grotto’s and infinite spots for social interactions.
By seamlessly bending history in the context of a future city, MAZAR will set the benchmark for unique entertainment steeped in culture to inspire generations to come.
Behind the Name:
Mazar stands as a symbol of our history as builders and our roots as a nation. We chose Mazar to be the name of our vibrant city center to be a representation of the nature of the place, where gardens are recreated to bring back life into some of our country’s most treasured sites and monuments.
Mazar is a tale at the heart of our city, one that tells stories about our past, brings life and vibrancy to our present and paves a way for our future where cities are built for the people.
Design & Concept
We use canopies as shelter and to minimize clutter in the streets, they complement building awnings, street trees and the city’s public furniture suite.
Separation devices perform multiple functions. They keep cars and people apart; they conceal light rail electronics and they may also act as seats. Their design also complements the public domain furniture palette. Rather than being completely solid, they are designed as permeable to ensure the streetscape is visually open and accessible.
An information marker is the primary wayfinding device at each stop. These indicate stop locations, names, timetable information and landmarks.
Electric Golf Carts
Electric golf carts are also a way of transport around Mazar, they allow pedestrians to enjoy their surroundings through defined pathways that have less traffic, and above all they are environmentally friendly and fun to drive.
Interaction is encouraged through “Mazar” via an interconnected series of parks with tree-lined boulevards, footpaths and bike trails.
Blossoming with native plants, trees act as shade for walkways and cycling paths around the city spine.
Parks and plazas maximize
We select plants with color, touchable texture and a scent. We consider textural qualities of materials, patterns created by shadows, and fine detailing, designing areas with the main purpose of social interaction.
Mazar offers outdoor seating with views over water features that intensify laughter, relaxation and happiness.
Open public spaces like themed parks and opened terraces are found in pedestrianized routes close to water.
The sound of water and the excitement that accompanies water activities offers space for reflection and serenity.
The Waterfall is designed after “El Qanater El Khayria” or “The Dams of Welfare” which got its name from the wealth and benefits it brought to Egypt at the time.
El Qanater has always been a preferred spot for local and foreign tourists alike, the waterfalls, the nature and the beauty of the scenery along the Nile has made this site a historical monument of unique value. That is why we at Mostakbal City are honoring it with “The Waterfall” a vibrant and lively spot at the heart of Mazar.
The Organica is designed after “El Zohria Gardens”, one of the most magnificent landmarks in the country.
El Zohria’s purpose was to adapt and arrange imported plants coming to Egypt from all over the world, so it houses some of the most valuable and scientifically rare tropical and exotic plants that at one-point part of the garden was made into a research institute for ornamental and botanical gardens.
The Organica is our attempt to recreate some of the wondrous floral compositions existing in El Zohria and bring it to Mazar to fill another spot at the center of our city.
The Grotto is designed after the “Aquarium grotto garden”, known for its unique and beautiful journey through caves of fish and exceptional greenery and architecture.
Between the passages where people can enjoy the various kinds of fish that are present in the garden, they pass through tropical trees from Madagascar, Australia and Thailand. The unique nature of the place makes it a perfect place for festivals and celebrations of different kinds and also a place for peace and relaxation for many visitors.
The Grotto will be the rebirth of the original aquarium, as a one of the most peaceful and beautiful spots in Mazar.
The Humming is designed after “El Azbakeya Garden”, which itself was built in 1872 as a replica to some of France’s most beautiful parks and gardens.
El Azbakeya was a cultural and entertainment center since its inception. Concerts, theater shows and movie shootings were held there for years. The site is considered an architectural landmark containing trees from countries like Brazil, India and Cuba, and at the center of the garden stands a one of a kind huge white marble fountain, that is an iconic master piece and an Islamic and Coptic monument.
We attempt to bring that cultural spirit back to life with “The Humming”, an entertainment center at the heart of Mazar.
The Botanica is designed after El Orman Botanical Garden, another historical site that was built in the time of Khedive Ismail.
El Orman was built by French designers in 1875 to be a botanical center hosting a wide array of plant species, a rose garden, a rock garden, cactus gardens
and possibly it’s most notable feature “The Lotus Pond”.
Since it was established many changes has come to the garden and a lot of its area was transformed to schools of agricultural and veterinary medicine and most notable part of the garden is now where the university of Cairo stands.
The Botanica attempts to honor this historical site and mimic its details from the pond to the many plant species that is found there.
The Mirage is designed after “Prince Mohamed Ali Palace Garden”, another piece of the art by the banks of the Nile.
The garden contains many unique plants and floral species from all over the world as the prince himself was keen on making the palace’s gardens a unique collection that houses the rarest plants. The palace itself holds some of the world’s most unique art collections from Europe to some of the best work of Islamic, Ottoman, Moorish and Persian architecture to create an inspiring combination of spatial design.
The Mirage is the most royal of all the gardens and is designed to honor the original palace of prince Mohamed Ali with its traditional Islamic design and special plants and decorations.
The Boutique is designed after “El Andalus Garden”, a site that contains a mixture of distinct cultures, human civilizations and breathtaking scenery and nature by the Nile.
The park is known for its many statues of Pharaonic figures and one iconic statue of the “prince of poets” Ahmed Shawky, its architecture is a mixture of Andalusian, Arab and Moorish art and it hosts various types of palm trees and of course the famous vine covered pergolas.
The Boutique recreates the natural beauty of El Andalus and its breathtaking views and architectural art.
The journey begins……