More than 70% of first stage of New Administrative Capital's construction finalised: Egypt's cabinet

Jehad El-Sayed , Sunday 26 Jun 2022

More than 70 percent of the first stage of construction on the New Administrative Capital (NAC) was finalised, the media centre of the Egyptian cabinet stated on Sunday, citing the New Administrative Capital Company.

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The House of Representatives building in the New Capital


The company asserted the NAC's first stage comprises 10 residential districts in addition to a number of giant projects including the government and business districts.

It said construction progress rate of the government district, which includes 10 ministerial complexes housing 34 ministries, in addition to the headquarters of the cabinet and the House of Representatives, is 98 percent complete.

Morever, 60 percent of the Central Business District (CBD) was finalised. The CBD compromises 20 skyscrapers built by the China State Construction Engineering Corporation, one of the largest construction companies in the world, in cooperation with the Ministry of Housing, represented by the New Urban Communities Authority. The CBD will include the 78-storey Iconic Tower which, at almost 400 metres, is set to be the tallest building in Africa.

The company made clear that 100 percent of the Sports City was finalised, as well as the New Opera House, Knowledge City, Art and Culture City, NAC hospital, central parks, Olympic City, schools and private universities.

In February, Egypt announced redrawing Cairo's administrative borders to include 46,000 feddans of the 184,000-feddan NAC, in which the new headquarters of the House of Representatives and Senate are located. This was done in accordance with Egypt's constitution, which requires both bodies to be located in the capital.

Construction of the NAC started in 2015 and is taking place on 700 square kilometres, which is nearly twice the area of Cairo governorate prior to redrawing its administrative borders. The NAC is located 60km from Cairo in between Cairo-Suez and Cairo-Ain Sokhna roads. The new city is set to house 6.5 million people when completed.

The new capital will be connected to Greater Cairo via various transport networks that include the country's first monorail and the first light rail transit (LRT) system.

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