New Alamein

New Alamein, officially New Alamein City (Arabic: العلمين الجديدة), is a new city in northwest Egypt inaugurated by Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi on 1 March 2018.[1][2] New Alamein lies on the Mediterranean Sea, approximately 85 km west of Borg El Arab International Airport. Still under construction, New Alamein was conceived by the Egyptian government as a center for tourism,[3] education,[4] and government. The city has its own presidential palace and ministry building.[5] Construction is ongoing at New Alamein for three universities, fifteen skyscrapers and high rise towers, and 10,000 hotel rooms.[6][7][8] Work has begun on Phase II of the New Alamein megaproject, which includes ten additional coastal towers.[9]

New Alamein City

العلمين الجديدة
city
CountryEgypt
InauguratedMarch 1, 2018 (2018-03-01)
Founded byPresident Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi

HistoryEdit

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi inaugurated New Alamein on March 1, 2018.[1][2] Together with the as-yet-unnamed New Administrative Capital, which is set to replace Cairo as Egypt's capital,[10] New Alamein is one of the mega-projects of the al-Sisi government.[11] Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan toured the construction sites in New Alamein in March 2019.[12] Completed projects include a mega-mall, restaurants, three cinemas, and the Al Masa mosque.[13]

EconomyEdit

The al-Sisi government intends for New Alamein to bring large numbers of tourists to the Mediterranean beaches of the northwest coast. The government asserts that approximately 30 developers have been granted permits to move forward with the construction of hotels for 30,000 rooms.[14] Many of these units are in high-rise buildings along the beach, with towers already under construction including The North Edge Towers and The Gate projects.[15] Other centers of activity in New Alamein will include three universities and a "city of culture and arts" to encompass a Roman Theater, studio complexes, an opera hall, and a cinema complex.[16]

Unlike the resorts on the northwest coast, which have private beaches sealed from public access,[17] New Alamein is conceived as being an open city permitting entry to the general public.[18]

CriticismEdit

Some critics have suggested that instead of building new cities, the government of Egypt should instead refurbish buildings and infrastructure in existing cities such as Cairo.[19] Cairo, a city of 19 million, is expected to grow to 24 million by 2027. Due to inadequate public transportation, Cairo has some of the worst traffic jams on the planet.[20] Backers of the new cities counter that with Egypt's population expected to rise to 150 million within a few decades,[21] the government must create new cities to help take some stress off the established cities.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Sisi inaugurates New Alamein city, other national projects". Egypt Independent. March 1, 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Presidential decree allocates lands for New Alamein City". Egypt Today. March 12, 2018.
  3. ^ h"Egypt New Alamein project's $4.5bln first phase is underway". Zawya. July 3, 2019.
  4. ^ "Updates on New Alamein City amid PM visit". Egypt Today. August 24, 2019.
  5. ^ "Pictures show progress in new presidency, cabinet HQs in new Alamein city". Egypt Today. November 10, 2018.
  6. ^ "Pictures show progress in new presidency, cabinet HQs in new Alamein city". Egypt Independent. November 10, 2018.
  7. ^ "Gov't to Deliver 33 Distinguished Buildings in New Alamein". Invest Gate. December 19, 2019.
  8. ^ "Egypt: 30 tourism developers to build 10k hotel rooms in New Alamein". MENAFN. December 11, 2019.
  9. ^ "New Alamein Coastal Towers 82% Done". Invest Gate. December 2, 2019.
  10. ^ "New Administrative Capital". State Information Service of Egypt. Retrieved December 19, 2019.
  11. ^ "Egypt's Minister of Investment opens Future Cities in Egypt Conference". Egypt Indepdendent. December 8, 2019.
  12. ^ "Sisi, Abu Dhabi CP tour New El Alamein City". State Information Service of Egypt.
  13. ^ "PM lauds progress achieved in new Alamein City project". State Information Service of Egypt. June 29, 2019.
  14. ^ "30 tourism developers to build 10k hotel rooms in New Alamein". MENAFN. December 11, 2019.
  15. ^ "City Edge Developments". City Edge Developments. Retrieved December 19, 2019.
  16. ^ "Sisi gives go-ahead for 1st stage of New El Alamein eco-city". State Information Service of Egypt. March 2, 2018.
  17. ^ "Egypt's summertime escape: White sand beaches and designer cocktails, but no room for the public". LA Times. August 15, 2018.
  18. ^ "A visit to New Alamein". Ahram Online. July 8, 2019.
  19. ^ "With new Egypt capital being built, what becomes of Cairo". Associated Press. November 16, 2018.
  20. ^ "Cairo Traffic Congestion study". World Bank. 2010.
  21. ^ "World Population Prospects". United Nations. 2019.