The government, at least, likely won’t bear the cost of the project. The al-Sisi regime has hired a Dubai-based “private real-estate investment fund” called Capital City Partners, whose founder, Mohammed Alabbar, built Dubai’s iconic Burj Khalifa skyscraper, to build the new capital. In addition, according to Gulf Business the United Arab Emirates government has apparently pledged almost $4 billion in aid to Egypt; in turn, a major part of the new city is expected to be named after one of the UAE’s leaders.
Egypt’s government announced Friday plans to build a new capital adjacent to Cairo, in a massive new project that in its first phase would cost $45 billion and take up to seven years to complete.
Housing Minister Mostafa Madbouly announced the plan at the opening of the 3-day international economic conference held in this resort city and attended by hundreds of business executives and world leaders. The aim, he said, is to alleviate congestion and overpopulation in Cairo over the next 40 years. By that time, Cairo — currently home to nearly 20 million — would have doubled in size.
The first phase of the ambitious program, Madbouly said, is an expansion of the current outskirts of the capital to the east, adding an additional 105 kilometers (60 miles) of development. The area would be a new administrative center including government offices, diplomatic missions and housing as well as universities, a technology and innovation park, and 10,000 kilometers (6,000 miles) of roads. Madbouly did not say what the new administrative center would be named.
The military has already began constructing the road linking Cairo to the new planned administrative heart of the capital, he said.
Eventually the new capital would expand to 700 square kilometers in size (270 square miles), much of it green spaces, linking up with the Suez Canal zone, Madbouly said, calling the project a source of “pride and inspiration” to young Egyptians
The ambitious plan is the latest mega project planned by the government, headed by President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, who elected in June last year. The other mega project is the expansion of the Suez Canal and the creation of an industrial zone around it.
Deze krengen zijn de grootste boosdoeners op de snelweg. Zij zorgen ervoor dat de jappies, de Beppie’s en de Klaas-Jan’s keihard op de rem trappen omdat de doseerlichten weer eens de 50 laten zien.
Ik heb geen idee wie deze dingen besturen, maar het is echt enorm irritant aan het worden. Wanneer die dingen aangaan krijg je geheid een file binnen 30 seconden. Het is echt niet te geloven. Gebruik die dingen zo min mogelijk alsjeblieft en dus niet om elk klein dingetje. Vaak heb je niet eens een idee waarom die dingen aan gezet worden gedaan, omdat er helemaal niets te zien is. Toch moet je hierdoor wel heel de dag remmend de snelweg door proberen te komen.