CAIRO: Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab announced preparations for new projects in North Coast Saturday, including the establishment of a new, green, city of Alamein, in a Saturday press conference.
Mahlab said the project aims to develop the housing infrastructure and boost tourism in the area, which Mahlab said “has undiscovered resources.”
Minister of Housing Mostafa Madbouli presented the project, which is scheduled to enter its first phase by early 2015, and should have a housing capacity between 3 to 4 million. New Alamein city is to be established over a space of 88,000 feddans, roughly equivalent to 91 thousand acres.
The press conference followed a Wednesday presidential decree on the re-demarcation of the borders of 10 governorates, as a part of developmental plans by the ministries of housing and local development, which should allow urban expansion, agricultural and industrial growth by integrating neglected desert lands into governorates.
“Sponsored by UN-Habitat, the new city falls under the ‘fourth generation of new cities’ meaning that the infrastructure will be eco-oriented, aiming at sustainable development, exploring water desalination and other renewable energy methods,” Madbouli stated.
Madbouli added that there will also be a large medical center, complex of universities and an industrial zone. The total housing capacity varies between three to four million people. However, the city is yet to face challenges, including landmines still left from front lines in World War II. With the cooperation of the military forces, the area should be gradually cleared, Madbouli declared.
The North Coast area extends over the Mediterranean shoreline, all the way from Alexandria to Marsa Matrouh. Beach resorts were and continue to be built along the coastline, in addition to recently established hotels. On Saturday, Mahlab officially opened Alamein Rexus Hotel.
Minister of Toursim Hisham Zaazou called on and beach camps’ owners to speed up the construction of tourist units, and on investors to invest in Alamein’s hotels.
Ambassador James Moran Head of European Union Delegation to Egypt and Maurizio Massari, Italian Ambassador to Cairo expressed enthusiasm about the new project, believing that “tourism will pick up again,” as Massari stated.
Alamein is the largest city of the North Coast, and is famous for having witnessed famous battles during World War II. The main touristic attractions in Alamein are the cemeteries, notably the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, the Australian 9th Division War Memorial, the Italian and German military cemeteries, in addition to Alamein’s War Museum.