EGYPT: Builds New City; Relocates Capital City From Cairo

EGYPT Builds New Capital
President Fattah El Sisi Photo Credit: Atheer

Egypt relocates the capital city from Cairo; the north African country, Egypt has earnestly embarked on the journey to relocate her capital city from Cairo to a new location.

The government plans to locate the country’s entire administrative office to the new capital, which is being built in the desert, 30 miles away from the current capital.

According to reports, President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi plans for the new capital to be up and running at the end of next year.

The new proposed capital city is incredible in both scale and ambition as the nation’s biggest mosque and church are completed. Away from its predecessor which has over 20,000,000 people, the project of the new capital encompasses residential provisions for about 6.5million people, with a little over 30,000 housing units already built and ready to be occupied.

The project was birthed just a year after President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi was elected into the Egyptian Presidential office. The undertaking is geared towards reducing the congestion in the state capital.

Entrada Egypt's New Capital. Photo Credit: On Assignment Via ITV News
Photo Credit: On Assignment Via ITV News

The proposed metropolis, located between the Nile River and the Suez Canal is set to be ready for occupancy by mid-2020. However, the investor pullouts have put more pressure and deterred the $58billion project which was said to be taking shape at breakneck speed.

The loss of one of its strong investors from the UAE has dealt a blow to the project, therefore, leaving it to be run by the Housing Ministry and the army’s Engineering authority.

Ahmed Zaki Abdeen, a retired general who heads the company building the new city, said;

“the large scale of the work leads to large scale problems. We need very extensive financing and the state doesn’t have money to give me.”

He further added that about 20percent of the investment came from the offshore of Egypt, with $4.5 billion from China.

The new city is designed to be a ‘smart’ one, where its features comprise sensors that will report smoke or fire to the emergency services and a smart traffic system. The project spans across 700km square kilometre.

The first phase will make use of about 168 square km for the ministries, residential areas a diplomatic quarter, and a financial district. 650,000 cubic metre of water a day is foreseen to cater for the parks and plants planned for the city.

In the face the gloomy outlook, the President seems to have hope for the best as he displays the project to the Emmanuel Macron, the French President while on a visit via a helicopter tour in January.

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