FILE - Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi
CAIRO - 21 December 2018: Covering 19,000 feddans on the “al-Galala al- Bahareya”, which lies 700 meters above sea-level in the Red Sea area between Ain Sokhna and Zafarana, the Armed Forces Engineering Authority and more than 100 local civil companies are establishing an integrated city on the El-Galala Plateau.
Launched in January 2014, the project provides more than 150,000 job opportunities to workers, employees and engineers and is made up of three parts: the main road (82 kilometers, stretching from Wadi Hagoul tunnel on the Sokhna road until kilometre 10 on Beni Suef’s Zafarana road), the integrated city and an integrated touristic city in Ras Abu Al-Darag.
The project creates a new civilized community with all services and employment opportunities available, including a university, which is currently under construction, and phosphate factories. The University of King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz is also just 7 kilometers away.
In accordance with Egypt’s plan to diversify the types of tourism in the country, ranging from cultural, medical, religious and professional, as well as other types of tourism, the Plateau Project will also have a 1,000-feddan tourist resort, a hotel by the beach and another hotel on top of the mountain—both of which enjoy breath-taking scenery, an Aqua park that is home to three swimming pools and 18 different international-standard rides, yacht marina, a shopping centre and the largest telepherique (cable car) in the Middle East region; all of which are set to ensure El-Galala Plateau Project attracts many local and international tourists. The coastal hotel includes 297 rooms, 28 villas attached to the hotel and 48 chalets.
Water and energy resources for the plateau will be provided through the construction of desalination plant with a daily capacity of 150,000 cubic meters and the upgrading of Suez’s Ataqa power plant and Zafrana’s wind farms. The integrated city is set to have energy provided mainly through new and renewable energy sources.
During an inspection of the urban and service city by President Abdel Fattal al-Sisi in September 2018, the president stated the vitality of the project in achieving an urban community—President Sisi had focused on creating well-rounded urban cities during his first and second (current) term as president—where citizens can enjoy a decent lifestyle.
“President Sisi listened to detailed explanation of the integrated development project. Sisi paid a visit also to the giant water desalination plant in the Galala city with a capacity of 150,000 cubic meters per day. Then, he moved over the upper bridge and visited the Aqua Park of the Galala Marina,” presidential spokesperson Bassam Radi said in a statement.
“Sisi praised the efforts exerted to complete the project in accordance with international standards,” Radi stressed.
The presidential spokesmen went on to explain that the Egyptian President’s focus on the project comes as a result of the positive effect it will have on investment opportunities, tourism, the phosphate industry and providing citizens with a clean environment to live in.
The Galala Mountain project is one of over 253 national projects that the military engineering authority is supervising nationwide. Generally speaking, real estate and infrastructure projects carries out by the country are essential to ensure there is enough space for the ever-growing Egyptian population and to lure in foreign, as well as local, investors, and bring more tourists into the country, all of which will contribute to turning the economy around.
El-Galala Plateau comes as part of a move on Egypt's behalf to turn towards integrated cities.