By: Yassmine ElSayed
CAIRO, Feb. 1 (SEE) – Ministry of Housing is shortly putting up for sale the first group of residence units the New Alamein city where a series of projects are being launched in this new ‘smart city’. In specific, the ministry is expected to sell 500 new housing units in the ‘ advanced social housing’ project.
So what is the story of this city which is expected to attract millions of people during the next few years?
The New Alamein city is one of four new cities under construction by the government. The three others include the New Administrative Capital, East Port Said and the new Al-Mansoura city.
President Abdel Fatah El Sisi issued a decree on March 11 to form a committee to consider allocating thousands of feddans for the New Alamein City project in Marsa Matrouh governorate.
The decree allocated a total land area of 41,703 feddans (43,287.7 acres) of state-owned lands in the New Alamein City to the New Urban Communities Authority (NUCA).
The decree also allocated 7,268 feddans of coastal lands located along the Alexandria-Marsa Matrouh road for the city.
The tourist site in Tal al-Eis village, with an area of 21.8 feddans, will still belong to the Ministry of Tourism, according to the decree. Other tourist attractions within the allocated lands will be excluded from the decree as well. The Armed Forces will also keep the ownership of military structures in the allocated lands.
The New Alamein is the first model for the new generation of ‘million city’. The city covers 50 thousand feddans, and planned to accommodate more than 3 million people at the end of its first stage. Upon its completion, the city is set to be the iconic place at Egyptian north west.
According to official figures, the project’s first phase is estimated at $8 billion and spans over 12,500 feddans, featuring 25, 000 residential units (eight of the 20 residential unit) and infrastructure projects. The residential areas in the project (20 residential neighbourhoods worth $15 billion) will include an array of accommodation units, including apartments, villas, town houses, offices spaces and commercial areas.
The project will also be equipped with an international airport and facilities that include educations and healthcare facilities, accommodation and hotel, entertainment and transportation. The project will also be home to 20 towers, one of which will be the tallest tower in Africa with a record height of 345 meters, according to ministry of Housing.
The first phase of construction includes the inauguration of an eco-city. The government is building a solar water desalination plant in the city.
In past August, Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli announced that six major Egyptian contracting companies were assigned to establish a “Latin Quarter” having the classical architectural style of Greco-Roman Alexandria in the New Alamein City.
The 450-feddan quarter includes 12,000 housing units as well as educational, health, religious and commercial services.
Among the other projects, is the first high-speed train. Deputy Minister of Transportation Amr Shaat announced recently that the ministry set March 15 to submit technical and financial offers for the implementation of the first a high-speed railway in Egypt, extending from Ain Sokhna to New El Alamein City.
The work is underway for the inauguration of the first phase due in March this year, where pictures show progress in new presidency, cabinet HQs in the city.