Egypt plans to build a new smart capital, which will be the country’s new administrative hub & house more than 6.5 million residents, consistent with ZD Net. The town will affect Egypt’s constant population boom.
Egypt adds about 2 million people a year to its population, consistent with Reuters. By 2050, country’s population expected to reach 150 million, up from just over 100 million today. Cairo is already overcrowded, so a new city will be required to house all of these new people.
The new capital is claimed to cost between $45bn & $58bn and canopy or 270 square miles (or 700 square kilometers). It’ll be located 21 miles (35 kilometers) east of Cairo. The city will include Egypt’s largest airport & minaret, Egypt’s tallest church steeple, Africa’s tallest tower, center East’s largest opera, a $20bn entertainment district, an enormous urban park, a new parliament & a presidential palace.
The government is aiming to move 34 govt. ministries to the new capital next June.
In an interview with NBC News, former Brig. Gen. Khaled el-Husseiny Soliman, international coordination manager with Administrative Capital for Urban Development, said project would create “the first smart city in Egypt.”
As exciting as project may seem, it also comes with its fair share of critics, especially since country is handling inflation & unemployment.
“For the country to watch the govt spend tens of billions on this while also hearing them say we all need to tighten our belts, it sends a contradictory message,” told NBC News Timothy Kaldas, a non-resident fellow at Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy in Cairo.
Will new city succeed relieving Cairo of some of its over-crowdedness? Or will it be built in vain? Will it create new jobs & foster a far better economy? Or will it be money wasted? One thing is needless to say, it’ll be the most advanced city ever seen in Egypt.