Minister of Housing, Utilities, and Urban communities Essam el-Gazzar announced Wednesday that the New Urban Communities Authority is currently setting up nine new cities in Upper Egypt.
These new cities aim at accommodating around 4.5 million citizens, and providing 1.4 million job opportunities, as 10% of their area is devoted to industrial and craft activities.
The total investment projects in the fields of housing, water, and sanitation in these cities have reached LE 11 billion so far, according to the minister.
He added that Egypt is attaching great importance to the development of Upper Egypt governorates, through the establishment of new cities, as well as the provision of land and housing units of various types to meet the demands of all society segments.
Moreover, el-Gazzar noted that the new Upper Egypt cities are considered from the 4th generation cities being implemented in three phases. They include New Toshka, New Aswan, East Qena- New Luxor, New Nag Hammadi- New Luxor and others.
“Plans are underway to start the implementation of the various projects in these cities,” the minister stressed.
In 2018, Egypt’s Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli announced that the government is planning 20 new cities of the fourth generation on a total area of about 580,000 feddans, expected to accommodate about 30 million people besides providing millions of jobs.
The new cities are planned in Cairo, Giza, Dakahlia, Beheira, Port Said, Matrouh, North Sinai, Beni Suef, Minya, Assiut, Qena, Luxor and Aswan.