Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi held a meeting with government officials on Tuesday in the presidency headquarters at New Alamein City after he performed Eid Al-Adha prayers in the city.
The meeting tackled the executive plan for the development of the northwestern part of the country, from Alexandria to Salloum, the Presidential Spokesman Bassam Rady said in a statement.
The state, Rady added, plans to establish a series of urban, agricultural, industrial and tourist communities by launching several giant development ventures that link this part of Egypt together via a network of advanced roads, modern transportation, and new railways.
The meeting was attended by Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly, Defence Minister Mohamed Zaki, Armed Forces Chief of Staff Mohamed Farid, senior military leaders, the ministers of interior, electricity, endowments, justice, agriculture, local development, housing, tourism and antiquities, public business sector and civil aviation.
The Dabaa nuclear plant project, which is being built in the Marsa Matrouh governorate on the Mediterranean coast, 250 kilometres west of Alexandria, is among the projects planned for Egypt’s western region, along with Alamein International Airport, Ras Al-Hikma City and a host of tourist resorts along the coastal governorate.
The scheme includes the New Delta project, a national plan for integrated agricultural production. It aims to increase the agricultural area in Egypt along the axis of El-Dabaa, a Matrouh city, by one million feddans (approximately 1.3 million acres) in the first stages. The figure is subject to further expansion in the following stages.
Other development projects are under construction in Matrouh, foremost of which is the 50,000 feddan New Alamein City, which will include a City of Culture and Arts, a university for science and technology, a naval academy for sciences, and a 14 kilometre-long corniche tourist walkway.
The New Alamein City is set to accommodate some 2 million people, according to the spokesman.
El-Sisi was also briefed during today's meeting on the latest development works related to the new road network for the country's northwestern region and the highways between these above mentioned projects, as well as with the rest of the country's governorates.
This includes the development of the Cairo-Alexandria Desert Road, the Dabaa Axis, the Reconstruction Axis, the Coastal International Road, and the Wadi Natroun-Alamein Road, the presidential spokesman noted.
Rady added that El-Sisi directed the government to accommodate the expected increase in traffic while implementing the development plan, establishing the largest possible number of traffic lanes.
He also called for linking the road projects in the northwestern region with the modern national network for transportation across the country.
During the meeting, the president was also updated on a number of other development projects in Alexandria and other governorates.
He emphasised the importance of meeting the projects’ timelines, while still adhering to the highest standards, Rady pointed out.