Ahmed Shawki is a pivotal figure in Arabic literature. A poet of astonishing range and sensitivity, he was blessed with a good heart that earned him the love of thousands and patriotism that earned him the hatred of the British, who exiled him after the outbreak of World War One.
This museum was his home. Itís a beautiful building that he first acquired in 1914 and named ĎKarmet Ibn Hanií in or Ibn Haniís Vineyard, after the poet Abu Nawwas. Set in generous gardens, the white building is guarded by bronze cherubim and a bronze statue of the poet, commissioned by the Italian government in 1962. The Mohamed Abdel Wahab Suite on the ground floor showcases many of the singerís works Ė Abdel wahab was discovered and championed by Shawki. For fans, there is an excellent audio library of his works.