November 4, 2021

Egypt gov't to begin move to new capital in December

The Egyptian government will start the process of moving offices to a new administrative capital located east of Cairo in December, a spokesman for the presidency said today.

The city is the most prominent of a series of mega-projects and infrastructure schemes pursued by Al-Sisi, who has said that its opening planned for later this year would mark the birth of a new republic, reports Reuters. Though government ministries are largely complete, other areas of the new city and transport links are still under construction. Some Egyptians worry it will be inaccessible and unaffordable for them.

The new city, known for now as the New Administrative Capital, is eventually expected to cover about 700 square kilometres. The first phase, covering about 168 square kilometres, will have ministries, residential neighbourhoods, a diplomatic quarter and a financial district. A large mosque and cathedral, as well as a hotel and conference centre, have already been built.

With parks and tree-lined avenues, the city will consume an estimated 650,000 cubic metres a day of water from the North African nation's scarce resources.

The finished city is expected to house at least six million residents, its second and third phases largely residential.

That will take decades to complete, although the government will be able to function normally while construction goes on, said Amr Khattab, spokesman for the Housing Ministry which is responsible for executing parts of the city.


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