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New Cairo (Arabic: القاهرة الجديدةel-Qāhera el-Gedīda) is a city covering an area of about 30,000 hectares (70,000 acres) on the southeastern edge of Cairo Governorate, 25 kilometres (15 mi) from Maadi.[1] New Cairo is one of the new cities, which have been built, in and around Cairo to alleviate the congestion in downtown Cairo. It was established in the year 2000 by presidential decree number 191.[2]

New Cairo
القاهرة الجديدة
City
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New Cairo is located in Egypt
New Cairo
New Cairo
Location in Egypt
Coordinates: 30°02′N 31°28′E / 30.03°N 31.47°E / 30.03; 31.47Coordinates: 30°02′N 31°28′E / 30.03°N 31.47°E / 30.03; 31.47
Country Egypt
Metropolitan areaGreater Cairo
GovernorateCairo
Area
 • Total500 km2 (200 sq mi)
Population
 • Total200,000
 • Density400/km2 (1,000/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
Area code(s)(+20) 2
Websitehttp://www.newcairo.gov.eg/
Map of the First Settlement, New Cairo

Located in what was formerly Helwan governorate,[3] and located to the east of Maadi and Heliopolis,[4][better source needed] New Cairo ranges in elevation between 250 and 307 metres (820 and 1,007 ft) above sea level.[5]

The city could eventually host a population of 5 million.[6] When compared to 6th of October, also built with the hopes of alleviating the strain on Cairo, more homes are being rented out in New Cairo than in 6th of October.[7]

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HistoryEdit

On 27 April 2016 President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi inaugurated the new headquarters of the Ministry of Interior in New Cairo. The complex covers about 52,000 square metres (560,000 sq ft).[8]

GeographyEdit

Of particular significance to geologists is the Petrified Forest Protected Area, located in the vicinity of New Cairo. It is a protected site.[9]

Economy and utilitiesEdit

There are dozens of factories in New Cairo.[10][11] GE is working with the American University in New Cairo on energy initiatives.[12] El Sewedy Electric has its headquarters in the Fifth Settlement of New Cairo.[13]

The city is connected to other cities by a vast network of bus lines, and taxis but it does not have a metro system.[14] The city gets its drinking water from a water plant in Obour City, nearby.[15]

A championship golf course with tennis facilities lies in the Katameya section of New Cairo.[16]

At the entrance of New Cairo is Cairo Festival City, a 285 hectare (700 acres) real estate development. It has parks, pools, gardens, walkways, business office space, a large mall and a dancing fountain.[17]

Demand for real estate in new cairo has been very high, with prices per meter for apartments reaching 8000 Egyptian Pounds, and for villas 16000 Egyptian Pounds. [18]

ReligionEdit

There are several mosques in New Cairo, but currently only one church, the Virgin Mary and St. Bishoy Coptic Church in the Fifth Settlement.[19] The city is also home to a Coptic monastery, the Patmos Monastery of St. John the Beloved.[20] In September 2016, the president approved the construction of a new Coptic Orthodox church in the city.[21]

EducationEdit

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ReferencesEdit

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