Everyone is looking forward to the opening of the New Administrative Capital. It will be an exceptional event in every sense of the word, especially since the New Capital is a national project and will be the seat of governance and administration. It will be a leading economic and cultural center in the entire Middle East and North Africa as well.
According to the statements of the Egyptian presidential spokesman, the government will start the actual move to the New Capital from December 2021, to work for a trial period of 6 months. The opening will be at the beginning of the new year 2022.
Location of the New Administrative Capital
The New Administrative Capital is located halfway between Cairo and Suez, 60 km away from Suez, Ain Sokhna, and the heart of Cairo.
The Most Important Neighborhoods of the New Administrative Capital
The area of the New Administrative Capital is 170,000 acres, where buildings occupy 40% of that area. The New Capital includes 20 districts, which are as follows:
1. The Residential District
It includes several neighborhoods and internal areas, including the first residential neighborhood, R1, to the eighth residential neighborhood, R8. The Residential District is located between the east of the Regional Ring Road and the Middle Ring Road.
2. The Government District
It occupies an area of 1,133 acres and includes government agencies and ministries, nearly 18 ministries. It also includes the presidency building and the private parliament building. The ministries located in the Government District are:
- Ministry of Justice
- Ministry of Military Production
- Ministry of Awqaf Egypt
- Ministry of Education
- Ministry of Higher Education
- Ministry of Health
- Ministry of Supply
- Ministry of Housing and Construction
- 3. The Financial and Business District
The Financial and Business District houses the headquarters of international and local banks, the stock exchange and the central bank, as well as the skyscrapers and towers that house the iconic tower, Africa’s tallest at 385 metres, developed by CSCEC. The value of investments in the district amounted to about 3 billion and 200 thousand dollars.
4. Embassy District
It includes the headquarters of the embassies of countries and some international organizations and institutions. The area of the district is about 1,500 acres, and so far there are embassies of 30 Arab and foreign countries, including:
United States of America
Kingdom Saudi Arabia
Kingdom of Bahrain
Completion of the Government District and the Transfer of Employees
The Ministry of Housing announced that the Government District in the New Administrative Capital will be ready during the month of December 2021 to receive employees from all ministries. However, each ministry shall select staff for a gradual transition, with the aim of experimental operation of government buildings, and testing new electronic systems within the city. The ministries and employees will be transferred in order over a period of up to 6 months.
Staff Housing in the New Administrative Capital
The Ministry of Housing has provided nearly 15,000 housing units for the employees of the New Administrative Capital. The city of Badr was chosen due to its proximity to the New Capital and the ease of transportation between them.
Information About Employee Apartments in the New Administrative Capital
The first phase of the New Capital’s staff housing includes 376 apartment buildings with 9,024 housing units. Each apartment building consists of 6 floors, and each floor contains 4 apartments in Badr City.
The housing units and planting works have been completed.
The area of the New Capital’s staff housing apartments ranges from 115 to 118 m².
The staff housing project has a number of service buildings for the residents’ convenience.
The second phase of the New Capital’s staff housing includes about 4,704 housing units, with a total of 196 apartment buildings.
The State of Facilities in the New Administrative Capital
Assem Al-Jazzar, Minister of Housing, Utilities and Urban Communities, has announced that the facilities of the first phase of the New Administrative Capital are nearing completion. They include water, electricity, sewage and rainwater stations, as well as internet cables, telephone lines and mobile networks. The facilities that are being worked on are:
There is a drinking water line with a diameter of 1,000 mm, which will be operated simultaneously with the operation of the desalination plant in the Gulf of Suez, which serves the capital with a capacity of 70,000 m3/day. Also, a water line from the Tenth of Ramadan station with a capacity of 100 thousand m3/day, and another with a diameter of 1,000 mm with a capacity of 125 thousand m3/day from the New Cairo water station.
Furthermore, work on the permanent water station of the New Capital and the lines that carry water from the Nile to it will continue. The number is 3 lines with a diameter of 2,200 mm and a total length of 150 km.
The New Administrative Capital includes a giant Siemens power plant with a capacity of 14,400 megawatts. It is the first power station to be built in a mountainous area away from sea water. The plant operates with a capacity of 4,800 and a generation efficiency of 65%, which is the product of cooperation between the Egyptian and German government.
The Most Important Projects of the New Administrative Capital
The New Administrative Capital includes many important and unparalleled projects, including:
Green River: it is the longest chain of parks in the world with a length of more than 35 km.
Knowledge City: it is the largest cultural development project in the Middle East, covering an area of 100 acres.
Olympic City: it is the largest sports city in the Middle East with an area of 92 acres.
Al-Fattah Al-Alim Mosque: it is one of the largest mosques in the Arab world, with an area of 250 thousand square meters. It can accommodate about 17 thousand worshipers.
Museum of the Capitals of Egypt: it tells the stories of the capitals of Egypt throughout history, from Memphis, Thebes, Tell el-Amarna, Alexandria and Fustat, to Fatimid Cairo and Khedive Cairo.
Transportation of the New Administrative Capital
The New Administrative Capital is about 60 kilometers away from Cairo, located on the Cairo-Suez Road. It is surrounded by many important main roads, such as:
Cairo-Ain Sokhna Road
Regional Ring Road
Middle Ring Road
The New Capital has a variety of different means of transportation, including:
1. The Electric Train
It starts from Al Salam City to the New Administrative Capital and reaches the 10th of Ramadan, with a length of 68 kilometers. The maximum speed of this train is 120 kilometers per hour, and it is expected to transport 350,000 passengers per day.
2. Monorail or Funicular
The monorail starts from the stadium station in Nasr City and heads towards the axis of the Field Marshal Tantawy, and from it to the 90th Street in the Fifth Settlement, and then to the New Administrative Capital. The monorail includes 12 stations in the first phase, and 5 stations in the second phase.
3. High-Speed Train
It connects the New Administrative Capital with Ain Sokhna on the one hand, and Alexandria and the New Alamein city on the other. However, it travels the distance from Cairo to Alexandria in only 40 minutes.
4. New Administrative Capital Buses
There are dedicated bus lines that will be established for the New Administrative Capital. Some of which operate within the New Capital to facilitate the movement of individuals, and others from the Capital to Greater Cairo.
The Opening Ceremony of the New Administrative Capital
It is expected to be a huge event attended by dignitaries from all over the world and not only from Egypt.