Photographs have been released across social media providing the first glimpse at Egypt’s new capital city, which was confirmed earlier this month.
The photographs, taken inside the conference centre of Egypt’s Economic Development Conference (EEDC), appear to show a mock-up of the city.
Skyscrapers, villas, large green parks and lakes appear to feature dominantly in the mock-up of the new capital city.
Earlier this month, Egypt’s Minister of Investment Ashraf Salman had announced that Egypt would reveal its plan for the country’s at the EEDC, which kicks off on Friday March 13 at Sharm El-Sheikh.
“We’re talking a very big city. It is just the size of New Cairo itself … It is the ‘new New Cairo’,” said the Minister to The National.
The Minister added that the city, which will be 70,000 acres, will take 12 years to build and will be built to the east of Cairo near Ain El-Sokhna.
While it is not clear who will be responsible for the construction of the city, reports in February on Bloomberg revealed that UAE’s Emaar is in negotiations with the Egyptian government to build the new capital.
Plans to build the new city were first announced by Egypt’s Prime Minister Ibrahim Mehleb in July 2014.
The proposed city would aim at transferring Ministries, government buildings and foreign embassies from down-town Cairo to the new capital and would be established on the Suez-Cairo-Ain Sokhna road.