Egypt new capital has 20 districts accommodating 6.5mn citizens: minister

12 Oct 2017

Egypt’s new administrative capital is set to include 20 residential districts to accommodate 6.5 million populations, Minister of Housing Moustafa Mabdouly said Wednesday.

Madbouly made his remarks during the inauguration ceremony for some major development flagships in the new capital. These projects were opened on Wednesday by Egyptian president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

“The new capital is a sustainable city run by renewable energy,” Madbouly said.

There will be public gardens and parks that total 35 square kilometres dubbed the Green River, he added.

Egypt's plan to construct a new city 45 km (28 miles) east of Cairo was announced in March 2015 at a Sharm al-Sheikh summit held to attract foreign investors who pulled back from the country after the 2011 revolt against the government.

The new city will be a 270-square-mile hub with 21 residential districts to accommodate five million people.

It will feature 1,250 mosques and churches, a 5,000-seat conference center, nearly 2,000 schools and colleges, over 600 medical facilities and a park that is projected to be the world’s largest.


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