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UK Ambassador to Egypt Visits New Administrative Capital (PHOTOS)

Tue 25 Jan 2022 | 06:23 PM

On Tuesday, the British Ambassador to Egypt, Gareth Bayley, visited the New Administrative Capital (NAC) yesterday, accompanied by a delegation from the embassy.

The delegation toured some of the most significant developments, with a particular focus on sustainability, renewable energy, and higher education. These included the capital’s Green River, the Government District, the new monorail, and the branch campuses of the British universities, Coventry University and the University of Hertfordshire.

General Ahmed Abdeen, Chairman of the Administrative Capital for Urban Development (ACUD), greeted the Ambassador at the ACUD office, where they discussed the UK’s business contribution to the capital’s development. This includes the opening of two UK university branch campuses in 2019, and the UK’s substantial investment of £1.7bn from UK Export Finance (UKEF) for the new monorail, the most the UK has ever allocated to an overseas infrastructure project. The monorail will connect Cairo with the NAC and provide clean transportation for Egyptian citizens.

Following a tour of the NAC, the Ambassador visited the Coventry and Hertfordshire branch campuses. There he was welcomed by two large delegations, one from Coventry, including the President of The Knowledge Hub Universities, Dr Mahmoud Allam, and a second from the University of Hertfordshire, including Moataz Ghanem, Chair of the Global Academic Foundation Board and President of the University Dr. Vincent Emery.

Ambassador Bayley said: “I was delighted to visit the New Administrative Capital for the first time yesterday. As we begin 2022 with a commitment to deepen the green partnership between Egypt and the UK, ahead of COP27 in November, it was fantastic to see how plans are being implemented for a fully smart city with green and sustainable transport and renewable energy at its core. It was especially encouraging to see the electric monorail, supported with UKEF investment, with UK-built carriages providing clean, green transport for millions of Egyptians.

"I also had a chance to see the state-of-the-art facilities at the two British university campuses established in the NAC, Hertfordshire and Coventry," the UK diplomat added.


He confirmed, "Education is at the heart of the relationship between the UK and Egypt, and thousands of Egyptians travel to study to the UK every year. It’s fantastic that we can now bring UK education here, and offer the same level of education and experience in Egypt.”