Egypt Unveils Plan For New Capital East Of Cairo

2191 Words Mar 21st, 2015 9 Pages
This current event article, Egypt Unveils Plans to Build New Capital East of Cairo, was written by Orla Guerin of BBC Cairo. The article reports that Egypt is planning to build a new capital city east of Cairo, Egypt’s current capital, which was built back in 969 C.E. The plans of the new capital and its forty-five billion U.S. dollar price tag were presented at The Egypt Economic Development Conference in Sharm el-Sheikh, which occurred from March 13th, 2015 to March 15th, 2015. The housing minister of Egypt, Mostafa Madbouly stated that the project would be completed in an ambitious seven year time frame that would include two-thousand schools, six-hundred health facilities, new infrastructure (skyscrapers and running water), government buildings, churches, mosques, and neighborhoods, on over 270 square mile of land in a strategic position east of Cairo, west of the Suez Canal, and between two of Egypt’s highways that will open the new city to major trade routes at the Red Sea. The growing population of Cairo, congestion, and pollution, are the main reasons to build a new capital city.
The project, which will be led by Capital City Partners’ leader, Mohamed Alabbar, who built the Burj Khalifa in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), will not just promote a “natural extension” of Cairo and the movement of people from Cairo into a new city full of opportunity for those unsuccessful in the old capital, but it will also foster Egyptian pride and confidence in a country…
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