Egypt's PM inaugurates TransMEA 2023 giving green light to monorail, 3rd underground metro line

Ahram Online , Sunday 5 Nov 2023

Egypt’s Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly inaugurated on Sunday the fifth Smart Transport, Logistics, Infrastructure, and Traffic Fair and Forum for the Middle East and Africa Region (TransMEA 2023), giving the green light to mega transport projects in Egypt.

Egypt s Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly inaugurates TransMEA 2023 with heavy global participation. Cabinet


The fair, held at Egypt International Exhibition Center (EIEC) in New Cairo from 5 to 8 November, is organized jointly with Egypt’s Ministry of Transport under the auspices of President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi.

Madbouly is attending the fifth TransMEA on behalf of El-Sisi, who inaugurated the previous four rounds of the fair in person.

A number of Egyptian, Arab, and African ministers and officials as well as foreign ambassadors and heads of 33 global major companies are attending the fair, the cabinet said in a statement.

Green light to metro and monorail projects

During the inauguration of the fair, Madbouly gave the green light for a number of transport projects, including the experimental operation of the third and final stage of Cairo Metro Line 3 and the East Nile monorail.

This phase of the third line comprises 11 stations and extends for 13.7 km, serving highly populous areas in the Giza governorate, including Imbaba, El-Bohi, and Gameat Al-Dewal Al-Arabiya (Arab League’s street) until Cairo University.

This third line is integrated with other metro lines and public transport means across Egypt, connecting passengers to Nasser station on the first metro line, Attaba and Cairo University stations on the second line, and Abbasiya station on the planned sixth line.

The third line is also linked to the Light Rail Transit (LRT) and the monorail as well as the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) service on the Ring Road.

The East Nile monorail extends for 56 km from Cairo’s Nasr City to the New Administrative Capital, east of Cairo. The service includes 22 stations and a control center.

The east and west monorail services extend for 100 km and comprise a total of 35 stations, serving as a sustainable and environmentally friendly public transportation system.

Launching railway projects

Madbouly also gave the green light for operating the control center project for the Beni Suef/Assiut railway line, which spans 250 km and was implemented by the French manufacturer Alstom.

Alstom has provided the line with its new electronic interlocking system (EIS), which meets the highest safety standards, the cabinet said.

The project consists of 15 main towers, 24 secondary towers, and 86 level crossings with the aim of enhancing the safety and control of train operations, reducing the time gap between trains, and increasing the number of daily trips.

It seeks to achieve the highest safety standards through the upgraded signaling system on the line.

Madbouly also inaugurated the concrete sleepers factory, owned by the ministry’s Egyptian Company for Self-Maintenance of Roads and Airports (ECSM). The factory produces sleepers for the high-speed electric train network with an investment of around EGP 500 million.

Over the past decade, the ministry has been executing a comprehensive plan to develop and modernize the transportation system, including roads, bridges, railways, metros, electric trains, seaports, land ports, logistics areas, and river transport.

This plan, spanning from 2014 to 2024, totals EGP 2 trillion, said the ministry.



Workshops, MoUs

The fair will embrace specialized seminars and workshops in various transportation sectors as well as an innovation zone dedicated to showcasing youth projects and ideas in various Egyptian universities and technical schools.

During the fair, the ministry's authorities and companies will sign MoUs with major international companies in the field.

The ministry said it allocated buses to transport exhibition visitors from Cairo and many other governorates throughout the fair period.

In Cairo, visitors can reach the EIEC from Abbasiya via buses and from El-Moshir Tantawy Axis in Nasr City through the BRT service, according to the ministry.

Buses also transport visitors from Fayoum, Beni Suef, Alexandria, Gharbia governorate’s El-Mahalla, Menoufia’s Shebeen El-Kom, Ismailia, Suez, Dakahlia’s Mansoura, and Sharqia’s Zagazig and Faqus.

The buses depart towards Cairo at 8:00 am and return at 5:00 pm.


The TransMEA, established in 2018, brings together international and regional stakeholders to present cutting-edge solutions, emerging trends, innovative products, and the latest technologies that enhance the efficiency and speed of transport and logistics services.

A large number of Arab and African transport ministers, foreign ambassadors, and heads of major international companies in the transport field are attending the TransMEA.

The external courtyard of TransMEA 2023 showcases railway electric traction projects, including the high-speed electric train, the LRT, the monorail, and the third metro line.

This edition of the fair also features developed railway cargo transportation vehicles and modern environmentally friendly public transportation means such as the BRT system.

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