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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. 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, education, and government. The city has its own presidential palace and ministry building. Construction is ongoing at New Alamein for three universities, fifteen skyscrapers and high rise towers, and 10,000 hotel rooms. Work has begun on Phase II of the New Alamein megaproject, which includes ten additional coastal towers.
New Alamein City
|Inaugurated||March 1, 2018|
|Founded by||President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi|
Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi inaugurated New Alamein on March 1, 2018. Together with the as-yet-unnamed New Administrative Capital, which is set to replace Cairo as Egypt's capital, New Alamein is one of the mega-projects of the al-Sisi government. Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan toured the construction sites in New Alamein in March 2019. Completed projects include a mega-mall, restaurants, three cinemas, and the Al Masa mosque.
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. 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. 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.
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. 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. Backers of the new cities counter that with Egypt's population expected to rise to 150 million within a few decades, the government must create new cities to help take some stress off the established cities.
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