President Sisi meeting with Armed Forces Engineering Authority members - press photo
CAIRO - 10 June 2021: At a meeting with Cabinet ministers, President Abdel Fattah El Sisi ordered the government to expand the Dabaa road to include eight lands in each direction in addition to expanding the main entrance to the Cairo-Suez desert road, in light of the state’s strategy of building a strong and interconnected road network.
The meeting also tackled other highways like Wadi Natroun-Alamein road, Cairo-Alexandria desert road, Asmarat-Fifth Settlement axis, and Cairo-Suez desert road, said President Spokesperson Bassam Radi in a statement on Wednesday evening.
Dabaa area was chosen to host Egypt’s first nuclear power plant. On November 19, 2015, an agreement was finally signed between Cairo and Moscow that allows Russia to build a nuclear power plant in the Mediterranean city of Dabaa, with Russia extending a $25 billion loan to Egypt to cover the cost of construction. The loan will cover 85 percent of the plant, with Egypt funding the remaining 15 percent.
The meeting, which was attended by Presidential Adviser for Urban Planning Amir Sayyed Ahmed, Chairman of the Armed Forces Engineering Authority Ihab el Far, Head of the authority's consultancy office Ashraf Arabi and the authority's assistant head for designing roads Abdel Aziz-Fiqqi, discussed a number of projects being implemented by the authority nationwide, especially in Galala city and the New Administrative Capital’s city of gold.
In a bid to revive the gold industry and attract investments, and building on 3,000 years of civilization, Egypt has recently announced the establishment of a new city for the manufacture and trade of gold.
The new city will be built on about 60 feddans; and the government is currently considering two locations, either the New Administrative Capital or Obour city. According to Executive Manager of the New Administrative Capital Major General Shaaban Dhahy, the final decision regarding the location is up to the Ministry of Housing. Officials have, however, indicated that the New Capital is the more probable choice.
Additional reporting by Samar Samir