GOPP, UN-Habitat sign MoU to develop New Ras El Hekma Waterfront



Wed, 29 Aug 2018 - 11:41 GMT


Wed, 29 Aug 2018 - 11:41 GMT

Photo courtesy of UN-Habitat official website

Photo courtesy of UN-Habitat official website

CAIRO – 29 August 2018: The General Organization for Physical Planning (GOPP), New Urban Communities Authority (NUCA) and UN-Habitat signed Sunday a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to develop the conceptual plan for the New Ras El Hekma Waterfront. The waterfront will be in line with the New Urban Agenda, Egypt’s 2030 Agenda and the international sustainable development goals.

The Waterfront, which will span 55,000 acres, is expected to rely on sustainable urban planning and design methods, according to a statement by the UN-Habitat. Commenting on their willingness to use sustainable planning methods that fit into Egypt’s 2030 goals, Head of UN-Habitat Egypt Country Program Rania Hedeya explained that it is vital that the planning of this project helps the Egyptian government achieve its main goals, most notably related to this project would be sustainable urbanization and the concept of “leaving no one behind.”

Other projects that have aimed at achieving these goals include the New Alamein City, the New Administrative Capital, as well as many other areas that were built under the Social Housing Program in 2014.

These housing projects, according to Sahar Nasr, “will fill in the gaps in the current housing programs benefiting Egyptians with limited income. It will consolidate existing entities, increase efficiency, and design and implement new programs that are better fit for the needs of the people.”

The successful alliance officially launched the project on August 8, 2018.

Ras El Hekma bay is located 85 Kilometres from Marsa Matrouh and 138 Kilometres away from the New Alamein City.

A brief look at the New Alamein City

Previously, President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi had issued a decree on March 11 to form a committee to consider allocating thousands of feddans for the New Alamein City project in Marsa Matrouh governorate.

The committee is headed by the presidential aide for national and strategic projects, Ibrahim Mahlab, according to the decree released by the official Gazette in Egypt.

The decree allocated a total land area of 41,703 feddans (43,287.7 acres) of state-owned lands in the New Alamein City to the New Urban Communities Authority (NUCA).

The decree also allocated 7,268 feddans of coastal lands located along the Alexandria-Marsa Matrouh road for the city.

The tourist site in Tal al-Eis village, with an area of 21.8 feddans, will still belong to the Ministry of Tourism, according to the decree. Other tourist attractions within the allocated lands will be excluded from the decree as well. The Armed Forces will also keep the ownership of military structures in the allocated lands.

Real estate company SODIC signed two revenue-sharing agreements for two adjacent plots, with a total land area of 308 feddans on the Mediterranean North Coast of Egypt, a statement from the company said Sunday.

Sisi inaugurated the first phase of the New Alamein City on March 1.

The first phase will include the inauguration of an eco-city. The New Alamein City will also include a national university that comprises a number of applied science faculties, an opera house, a library and a museum.

The city is located on an area of more than 48,000 feddans (49,824 acres) in Alamein town on Egypt's Mediterranean coast, and it is designed to include 5,000 housing units to accommodate more than 400,000 inhabitants.



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