PRESIDENT Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi inaugurated the New Administrative Capital Airport, the Sphinx International Airport, and the newly renovated Baron Empain Palace in Heliopolis via video conference on Monday.
The new airports will help alleviate the pressure on Cairo International Airport. The New Administrative Capital Airport is built over 5,000 square metres with dozens of buildings and two terminals. The Sphinx Airport is built over 4,000 square metres.
The restoration of the Baron Empain Palace, which was built in 1911, was carried out by the Armed Forces Engineering Authority and the Arab Contractors Company and cost more than LE100 million.
The inauguration also saw Al-Sisi and Prime Minister Mustafa Madbouli hail the building of roads and bridges which have to a large extent ended traffic congestion. “Had it not been for the road building programme vehicles in Cairo would have been crawling at 4km per hour,” said Madbouli.
Al-Sisi instructed the planned automatic traffic signal system, which monitors the speed of the vehicles and sends signals to drivers’ mobiles to warn them when they exceed the speed limit, be installed as quickly as possible.
A documentary was presented during the inauguration ceremony showcasing the new bridges that have been built in Heliopolis.
During the event Madbouli said LE300 million has been earmarked for developing the road network in the coming fiscal year.
According Madbouly, in the last six years Egypt has implemented 20,000 national development projects at the cost of LE4.5 trillion, and a further LE1.1 trillion has been pumped into 2,800 projects constructed by the Armed Forces.
*A version of this article appears in print in the 2 July, 2020 edition of Al-Ahram Weekly