Sisi opens first phase of Egypt new capital flagships

Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has opened Wednesday the first phase of projects in the county’s new administrative capital.

Egypt’s plan to construct a new city 45 km (28 miles) east of Cairo was announced in March 2015 at a Sharm al-Sheikh summit held to attract foreign investors who pulled back from the country after the 2011 revolt against the government.

The new city will be a 270-square-mile hub with 21 residential districts to accommodate five million people.

It will feature 1,250 mosques and churches, a 5,000-seat conference center, nearly 2,000 schools and colleges, over 600 medical facilities and a park that is projected to be the world’s largest.

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