President Sisi meets with Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli and Minister of Housing Assem al-Gazzar on Saturday – Press photo
CAIRO – 28 July 2019: President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi urged completing the construction of the fourth generation cities, within the framework of the strategic plan for urban development in Egypt.
Egypt's urban development strategy targets the populous areas of Egypt and aims to alleviate overcrowding in the governorates and cope with overpopulation, presidential spokesman Bassam Radi said in a statement.
During a meeting with Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli and Minister of Housing Assem al-Gazzar on Saturday, Sisi affirmed that these new cities have to be established based on high quality standards in order to establish a new model for life in Egypt that depends on smart cities and keeping pace with the highest levels of global development in this field.
The meeting reviewed the general framework of the urban structure of the new cities under construction nationwide, including the New Administrative Capital, New El-Alamein City, New Mansoura City, East Port Said and New Bir El-Abed City in North Sinai.
It also reviewed the development of the implementation of the facility and road projects currently under way, as well as the executive procedures for rationalizing water consumption, and the project of developing slums and unsafe areas.
Sisi earlier ordered officials to proceed with work at the New Administrative Capital and the country's new cities, while adhering to latest international standards and technologies of smart cities, Radi said.
Sisi urged the officials to continue the work in accordance with the planned timetable, during a meeting with chairman of the Armed Forces Engineering Authority Ihab el-Far and a number of engineering directors.
The president laid the first stone of the New Administrative Capital in East Cairo in July 2018.
With an area of 170,000 feddans, the new capital is set to include 20 residential areas expected to accommodate 6.5 million people and a road network of 650 km in length. The capital includes an international airport and is set to have an electric train to link it with the 10th of Ramadan and El-Salam cities.
It will feature 1,250 mosques and churches, a 5,000-seat conference center, nearly 2,000 schools and colleges, over 600 medical facilities, and a park that is projected to be the world’s largest.
The NAC is located in the area between the Cairo-Suez and Cairo-Ain Sokhna roads, east of the regional ring road. This is roughly 60 kilometers (37.3 miles) from the cities of Suez and Ain Sokhna.
Earlier in July, the Administrative Capital for Urban Development Company announced launching a public competition to set a new name and logo for NAC. The competition will last until August 17.
The awards allocated for the competition are reportedly worth a total of LE 250,000 ($15,023). The competition will be conducted through the official website of the NAC (www.acud.eg.).
The name and logo have to meet some conditions; they have to express the Egyptian identity and have to be unique, original and simple, Khaled al-Husseini, spokesman of the company said.