Egypt’s New Administrative Capital Project Updates
The technical center of the New Administrative Capital (NAC), called “the Knowledge City,” is nearing completion with the first phase, which began building in 2020 and is due to open this year.
This was revealed when Egyptian Minister of Communications and Information Technology Amr Talaat, along with Raafat Hendy, Deputy Minister of Communications and Information Technology for Infrastructure, Sherine Al-Gendy, Assistant Minister of Communications and Information Technology for Strategy and Implementation, Ayman Hassan, Head of the Ministry’s Central Department of Human Resources, and several other ministry officials, toured the project site.
The 1st stage of Knowledge City comprises of 4 buildings: an innovation and applied research building, a technical training building, a building for assistive technology research and development, and the Egypt University of Informatics.
Talaat congratulated the Engineering Authority of the Armed Forces, one of the Egyptian Ministry of Defense departments in charge of the project, for its efforts to complete the city’s development to the highest standard at the end of his tour.
Egypt redraws the administrative borders of Cairo in order to enclose the NAC.
In similar story, Egypt’s government has redrawn Cairo’s administrative borders to contain approximately 46,000 feddans of the 184,000-feddan New Administrative Capital (NAC), where the new House of Representatives and Senate headquarters are located, in full compliance with the North African country’s constitution, which mandates that both bodies be headquartered in Cairo.
Per a statement released recently by Egypt’s National Center for Planning State Land Uses (NCPSLU), the additional capacity includes the NAC’s 40,000-feddan first phase, as well as 6,000 feddans set aside for a transportation linking grid with other cities in the country.
Background Information on the Project
The New Administrative Capital (NAC) is a large-scale project to build a new capital city on 700 square kilometers of land located 45 kilometers east of Cairo, Egypt’s capital city, and just outside the Second Greater Cairo Ring Road, in a largely undeveloped area halfway to the seaport city of Suez.
The metropolis, whose development is anticipated to cost US$ 45 billion and was announced by the former Egyptian housing minister Mostafa Madbouly at the Egypt Economic Development Conference in March 2015, is to be divided into 21 residential districts and 25 dedicated districts.
A central park, artificial lakes, around 2,000 educational institutions, a technology and innovation park, and 663 hospitals, 1,250 mosques and churches, a 90,000-seat stadium, 40,000 hotel rooms, a major theme park 4 times the size of Disneyland in the USA, 90 square kilometers of solar energy farms, an electric railway link with Cairo and a new international airport at the site of the Egyptian Air Force’s existing Wadi al Jandali Airport.
As per plans, the city will be completed around 2022, becoming Egypt’s new administrative and financial capital, housing the country’s principal government offices and ministries, as well as foreign embassies. It will have a population of 6.5 million people, with the potential of an expansion of half a million to seven million people.