Egypt moves capital away from Cairo

05 Nov, 2021 - 00:11 0 Views
Egypt moves capital away from Cairo President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi

The Herald

CAIRO. – Egypt’s president on Wednesday ordered his administration to start moving its offices next month to a sprawling new administrative capital in the desert outside Cairo, a spokesman said.

President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi directed the government to begin a six-month trial period of working from the new complex starting December 1, according to his spokesman, Bassam Radi.

The US$45 billion city is biggest of the mega-projects el-Sissi has launched since taking office in 2014. It is being built on 170 000 acres about 45km east of Cairo and nearly twice its size. It is planned to house 6,5 million people.

Critics have criticised the new capital calling it a vanity project, arguing its cost could have been channelled into other developmental projects in the country.

But the government has argued that the new capital is needed to absorb the booming population of Cairo, which is projected to be about 40 million by 2050. The president also said that the new capital, and other projects ranging from new roads and housing complexes to a Suez Canal expansion, attract investors and create jobs for the country’s more than 100 million people. The city will house the presidency, Cabinet, Parliament and ministries. – AP

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