Egypt’s new capital emerges in the desert, with giant obelisk and oasis

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No Egypt, the works have not stopped since 2015 in a desert area the size of Singapore, of more than 700 square kilometers, near the pyramids of Giza. In 2015, the country announced that a new capital would be created to replace Cairo there. With 22 million inhabitants, the city has lived with problems ranging from water supply failures, shortages in public transport, power outages and chaotic traffic.

By 2050, Cairo’s population is expected to double in size, putting even more pressure on the historic urban complex. At the same time, the new capital, as yet unnamed, is beginning to transform itself into an oasis of prosperity as the works progress: artificial rivers and all the electrical infrastructure have already been built, as well as houses, buildings and leisure centers.

After years of incessant work, a series of neighborhoods that will house an administrative center, a complex of embassies, government buildings and residential areas surrounded by plants and water canals are beginning to emerge. The new capital must be inaugurated by the end of the year.