Luxor

Luxor’s Resilience Journey

Luxor is the site of the ancient Egyptian capital of Thebes, making tourism a central driver of the economy. However, political turmoil and recent terrorist attacks have contributed to a steady increase in unemployment. The government hopes to revitalize tourism with an ambitious new initiative to transform Luxor into the world’s largest open-air museum, and is working with UN Habitat to support economic development.

Luxor’s ability to grow and diversify its economy also depends on a reliable urban infrastructure, but power outages and an inadequate drainage system create further resilience challenges.

News and Resources

Speaker Series # 8 – Urban Heat: Cities Taking Action

Speaker Series # 8 – Urban Heat: Cities Taking Action

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The Art of Reflective Learning in Cape Town – Protecting the Vulnerable During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The Art of Reflective Learning in Cape Town – Protecting the Vulnerable During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Cape Town, South Africa responded quickly to the resilience test by COVID-19 using the lessons it had learned during the water crisis it experienced in 2017 and 2018, focusing attentions on the ...
Lessons from African slums: How to include informal settlements in COVID-19 response and recovery efforts?

Lessons from African slums: How to include informal settlements in COVID-19 response and recovery efforts?

Cramped conditions, poor sanitation, and insufficient health facilities are raising Covid-19 risks for Africa’s slum dwellers who are often forced to break lockdown rules to work and feed their ...

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