Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi inspects construction at New Administrative Capital (Photo Courtesy of Egyptian Presidency)
Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi on Friday inspected a number of construction sites at the country’s New Administrative Capital.
His spokesman said that El-Sisi had examined a number of major projects in the capital, including Arts and Culture City, which is home to a new opera house; the governmental neighbourhood; and the strategic command centre.
Construction on the new city, located around 45km east of Cairo, began in 2015 as part of the government's plan to reduce pressure on the existing overpopulated capital, expand urban areas and develop the nation’s infrastructure.
It is being built over 714 square kilometres by tens of thousands of workers, and will be home to a government housing district, 29 ministries and other state institutions – including the cabinet and parliament buildings – and 20 residential neighbourhoods that can accommodate 6.5 million people.