Egypt’s government to begin move to new administrative capital in December

A view of the futuristic, iconic tower skyscraper being built in the business district in the New Administrative Capital east of Cairo by China State Construction Engineering Corp. Picture taken March 8, 2021. Reuters

CAIRO, Egypt—The Egyptian government will commence its transfer to the country’s New Administrative Capital (NAC) located east of Cairo in December, a presidential statement said on Wednesday.

The first phase will be on a trial period of 6 months according to president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi directives.

The city will include a government district, a business district, vast parks and a diplomatic district. Though government ministries are largely complete, other areas of the new city and transport links are still under construction.

The new city, known for now as the New Administrative Capital, is expected to cover about 700 square kilometres. About 168 square kilometres, will have ministries, residential neighbourhoods, a diplomatic quarter and a financial district.

The finished city is expected to house at least six million residents, its second and third phases largely residential, however, Some Egyptians worry it will be inaccessible and unaffordable for them.

Upon completion, the project is expected to offer thousands of jobs and stimulate the economy. It will also accommodate a population of 5 million people solving the chronic congestion issue in the current capital Cairo.