Egypt: Sisi's new capital, building to begin in January

Project of administrative city developed with Chinese company

13 October, 14:13

    (ANSA) - CAIRO, OCTOBER 13 - Will the new Egyptian administrative capital be a metropolis in the desert or just a mirage? The project, announced a couple of months ago by President Abdel Fattah al Sisi, is about to be launched. The first stage of building of the city that will emerge on the road from Cairo to the Red Sea is in fact set to begin at the beginning of January and should last about two years, announced president Sisi himself during a meeting with ministers and experts in the field.

    The project will be eco-friendly, it will boast solar systems and parks and will be fitted with state-of-the-art technology, communication and infrastructure.

    The city will host government institutions - Parliament, ministries and the presidential palace - but also commercial activities and a World Trade Centre.

    Eighty-five per cent of the work-force employed will be local.

    Cairo signed a memorandum of understanding with 'China State Construction Engineering Corporation', a Chinese company which will be entrusted with the building planning of the metropolis, in September, after an UAE company, Capital City Partners, backed out.

    According to the project, illustrated on March 13 at the Conference for Egypt's economic development, which took place in Sharm El Sheikh, the "new capital" should host approximately five million people.

    A large airport, 1,1 million homes, 40 thousand hotel rooms, malls, 1.250 religious establishments and 2,000 schools are also going to be built and the new capital will become a new satellite-city.

    The dimensions of the new town are comparable to the ones of Singapore.

    The project, expected to cost a total of 45 billion dollars, should be completed in 5-7 years.

    The idea of Egypt's new 'Pharaoh' is an attempt to relaunch employment and decongest the currently over-populated capital creating an administrative centre removed from big urban developments and therefore easier to control.

    A truly pharaonic plan.

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