Egypt invested 40 billion USD to build a new administrative capital, an area equivalent to Singapore
A “new administrative capital” of Egypt is being built in a desert area the size of the island nation of Singapore.
|Construction area of the new administrative capital of Egypt. Photo: AFP|
Al Jazeera channel on July 5 reported that the new administrative capital of Egypt is located 45 km east of Cairo. The cost to build this new administrative capital is about 40 billion USD.
The many public offices and embassies gathered around Tahrir Square in central Cairo have “congested” the Egyptian capital because many surrounding streets are blocked to ensure the security of these buildings. Therefore, moving in Cairo will not be easy. In addition, the Egyptian capital’s population of 22 million is expected to double by 2050.
Therefore, the formation of a new administrative capital for government functional buildings, embassies, parliament, 30 ministries, presidential palace and 6.5 million people is necessary.
The Egyptian government also committed to giving 15 square meters of green space to each resident living in this new capital. In addition, the center of the new administrative capital is a “green river” – a combination of water and plants with an area twice as large as New York’s Central Park (USA). Therefore, the new administrative capital project is also seen as an attempt to make Egypt “greener”.
The construction of a new city requires not only capital but also a huge amount of materials such as cement, bricks, electrical equipment, security and especially human resources. Therefore, this project is seen as an opportunity to create much-needed jobs and rebuild Egypt’s key industries, including construction.