Cabinet approves presidential decree to redraw Cairo border to include new capital

Wednesday 8 Jun 2022

Egypt’s government has approved a presidential draft decree on Wednesday to redraw Cairo’s eastern border to include the New Administrative Capital (NAC) and its extensions, a Cabinet statement read.



In February, Egypt had 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 came in accordance with the Egypt's constitution, which requires both bodies to be located in the capital.

In a statement, the Egyptian National Center for Planning State Land Uses (NCPSLU) said that the new space includes the 40,000-feddan first phase of the NAC, in addition to 6,000 feddans designated for the transport linkage grid with other cities.

Government institutions, ministries, and tens of thousands of their employees are set to relocate to new administration buildings at the new capital over the coming months.

As per presidential directives, the government and public employees are already moving to the NAC's governmental district for a six-month test run, and the Cabinet held its first meeting at its new headquarters last December.

Last year, President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi said that the inauguration of the new capital and the relocation of the government’s headquarters to the mega-city will be “a declaration of a new republic.”

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

The NAC includes a governmental district with 10 ministerial complexes that will house 34 ministries, in addition to the headquarters of the cabinet and the House of Representatives.

The new capital will be connected to Greater Cairo via various transport networks that include the country's first monorail.

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