China to finance Egypt’s $45 billion capital city in the desert

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Egypt hopes to have its new capital city completed by 2021. Photo credit: Getty Images

Egypt’s plan to build a glittering new capital city in the desert was written off by many as nothing more than a dream for a country with a struggling economy.

That dream, however, appears headed for reality after China stepped in to bankroll much of the $45 billion project, World Tribune reported.

China Fortune Land Development announced on Sept. 25 it would invest $20 billion in the project. That announcement followed the pledge of $15 billion from China’s state-owned construction company.

Work has already begun for the as yet unnamed new capital 28 miles south of the current capital Cairo. The new city, located on a 270-square-mile slice of desert owned by the Egyptian army, would be home to some 5 million people.

City planners envision a city with skyscrapers rivaling those in Dubai, green areas comparable to New York City’s Central Park, an international airport larger than London’s Heathrow and an amusement park on the scale of Disney World.

Several hundred apartment buildings already have gone up in the new city, and construction crews are building roads and laying sewage lines.

The target for completion of the new capital is 2021.

Egyptian officials have long sought to relocate the capital away from highly-congested Cairo, in which 30 million people (a third of the country’s population) reside.

‘I can say with total honesty that this project is 20 years overdue,’ said Mohsen Salah El Din, chief executive of the state-owned Arab Contractors, which is involved in the project.

‘We had to find an alternative location to suck this congestion out of Cairo and relocate where the government would be and where the civil servants working in these agencies would live so that they don’t have to commute long distances between home and work,’ he said.

The moving of the capital would not be unprecedented. Turkey, India and Brazil all moved their capitals in the 20th century.

‘Egypt’s administrative capital is not different from Ankara, New Delhi or Brasilia,’ said Zeyad Elkelani, a political science professor at Cairo University.

‘The new capital is an important step to make room for the private sector,’ Elkelani said. ‘The bureaucracy has been choking business in Egypt and the residents of Cairo.’

The government of Egyptian President Abdul Fatah Sisi also announced it was speaking with the Chinese about building a university in the new city.

News source: www.worldtribune.com

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Construction of Egypt’s New Capital City Kicks Off

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The first phase of construction of Egypt’s new capital city kicked off on Saturday, announced Minister of Housing Moustafa Madbouly, the egyptianstreets.com website reports.

“Four construction companies have been mandated to implement the infrastructure of the new capital,” said Mr Madbouly according to MENA news agency.

Up to 1.5 million new job opportunities will arise as a result of the construction of the first phase of the new capital city.

Construction of the new city is being carried out by an Egyptian-Chinese alliance which includes Arab Contractors, the Petroleum Projects and Technical Consultations Company, and the China State Construction Engineering Corporation.

However, the Housing Minister said that Egypt will be accepting bids for private companies to take part in the first phase of construction. The Minister also said that Chinese companies will be providing Egyptian contractors with loans to finance the construction of a number of buildings in the new capital city, including 14 new government buildings and a major conference center.

China’s involvement came after Chinese President Xi Jinping visited Cairo to boost bilateral economic and political ties. During his visit, president Xi expressed China’s willingness to support Egypt’s efforts to construct a new capital city.

Plans to build Egypt’s new capital city were temporarily halted in 2015 after disagreements over the cost of the project and how long it would take.

The United Arab Emirates company that had been announced as the developer of the project, Capital City Partners, apparently pulled out of the project despite leading its marketing and launch at the Egyptian Economic Development Conference.

However, according to Egypt’s government, Egypt cancelled the Memorandum of Understanding with the company after a “lack of progress”.

Nevertheless, Egypt’s president Abdel Fattah Saeed Hussein Khalil el-Sisi was keen to see the project completed and ordered the government sign a new agreement with China State Construction Engineering Corporation. Following the signing of the agreement, President ell-Sisi announced that the first phase of the project would be completed within just two years.

The new capital city promises housing to five million people and will also include a new central business district with hotels, shopping centers, theme parks and more.

However, the $US 45 billion project, which is set to be completed within 12 years, is primarily aimed 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.

Read more here: http://egyptianstreets.com/2016/04/02/construction-of-egypts-new-capital-city-kicks-off/

Dource: www.egyptianstreets.com

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NYE NRK-KORRESPONDENTER I BRUSSEL OG KAIRO

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Kristin Solberg. Foto: NRK ASSV

NRK har ansatt nye korrespondenter i Midtøsten og i Brüssel, skriver nrk.no 

Kristin Solberg (33) overtar som NRK-korrespondent i Midtøsten, med base i Egypts hovedstad Kairo, mens Philip Lote (43) skal ha base i EU-hovedstaden Brüssel i Belgia fra kommende høst.
 

Philip Lote. Foto: NRK ASSV

Kristin Solberg, tidligere utenrikskorrespondent for Aftenposten, kommer fra stillingen som NRKs korrespondent i Istanbul i Tyrkia, mens Philip Lote er journalist i NRKs utenriksavdeling. Han har tidligere være NRK-korrespondent i Beijing i Kina.

Det kan ifølge NRK bli aktuelt å flytte Kairo-kontoret til en annen by Midtøsten.

Kilde: www.nrk.no

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EGYPT’S NEW CAPITAL CITY: CONSTRUCTION OF FIRST PHASE TO PROVIDE 1.5 MILLION JOBS

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Up to 1.5 million new job opportunities will arise as a result of the construction of the first phase of Egypt’s new capital city, revealed Mohsen Salah, the head of Arab Contractors in an interview with Youm7, reports the egyptianstreets.com website.

According to Salah, the majority of the 1.5 million jobs will revolve around construction. Salah said that Egyptian law requires 90 percent of a project’s laborers to be Egyptians, and so the construction will alleviate some unemployment in the country.

The project is being carried out by an Egyptian-Chinese alliance. This alliance includes Arab Contractors, the Petroleum Projects and Technical Consultations Company, and the China State Construction Engineering Corporation.

Plans to build Egypt’s new capital city were temporarily halted in 2015 after disagreements over the cost of the project and how long it would take.

The UAE company that had been announced as the developer of the project, Capital City Partners, apparently pulled out of the project despite leading its marketing and launch at the Egyptian Economic Development Conference.

Nevertheless, president Abdel Fattah el-Sisi was keen to see the project completed and ordered the government sign a new agreement with China State Construction Engineering Corporation. Following the signing of the agreement, President Sisi announced that the first phase of the project would be completed within just two years.

At the time of the Project’s launch, the new capital city was dubbed as a “global city for Egypt’s future” and “a city shaped by nature”, with a reliance on renewable energy.

The new capital city promises housing to five million people and will also include a new central business district with hotels, shopping centers, theme parks and more.

However, the $US 45 billion project, which is set to be completed within 12 years, is primarily aimed 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.

See more at http://egyptianstreets.com/2016/02/14/egypts-new-capital-city-construction-of-first-phase-to-provide-1-5-million-jobs

Source: www.egyptianstreets.com

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IS TAR ANSVAR FOR ANGREP PÅ ISRAELSKE TURISTER I KAIRO

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Terrorgruppen Den islamske staten sier de står bak angrepet på en gruppe israelske turister ved en turbuss utenfor Three Pyramids Hotel, sørvest for Egypts hovedstad Kairo torsdag, ifølge nyheitsbyrået Amaq som støtter gruppa, melder Reuters.

Ingen av turistane blei drepne, skriver nrk.no

Hotellet ligger like ved pyramidene i Giza og turistene ble angrepet av to maskerte menn som åpnet ild da turfølget var på vei om bord i bussen.

En av gjerningsmennene ble arrestert på stedet, den andre skal senere ha blitt pågrepet inne i Kairo. 

Kilde: www.nrk.no

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EMIRATES BOOSTS SERVICES TO EGYPT WITH THREE ADDITIONAL FLIGHTS

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Emirates, the world’s largest international airline today, has announced three new weekly flights between Dubai and Cairo, commencing on 1st January 2016, reports ameinfo.com 

The new service will supplement the current twice daily Boeing 777-300ER flights, taking the total number of flights serving Cairo to 17 each week.

See more at: www.ameinfo.com/transport-and-tourism/tourism/airlines-airports/emirates-boosts-services-to-egypt-with-three-additional-weekly-flights-2

Source: www.ameinfo.com

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EGYPT TO OPEN MUSEUM AT CAIRO AIRPORT TO BOOST TOURISM

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The Seated Scribe, one of the most famous monuments in Egyptian history, is one of at least 21 items in the exhibition that have come from the world-famous Egyptian museum in central Cairo Photo: Alamy. Source: telegraph.co.uk

Egypt is to open a new museum at Cairo International Airport holding 38 pieces from Egypt’s various historical periods in bid to boost transit tourism, telegraph.co.uk reports.

The museum will inside Cairo airport Monday 7 December in an attempt to attract tourists in transit.

The museum will be located inside Terminal 3 – the exhibition will contain 39 pieces, including ones from the Pharonic, Coptic and Islamic eras, according to officials.

“It aims to give visitors a general idea about the Egyptian civilisation, which will make them want to visit other places in Cairo, like the Egyptian museum,” said Yasmin al-Shazle, an assistant to Egypt’s minister for museum antiquities, to The Telegraph.

The Seated Scribe, one of the most famous monuments in Egyptian history, is one of at least 21 items in the exhibition that have come from the world-famous Egyptian museum in central Cairo.

The airport museum was due to open on October 31, the day that Isil miliants brought down a Russian passenger jet as it left Sharm el-Sheikh in the Sinai peninsula, killing all 224 people on board. Britain and Russian have since suspended all flights to the resort.

The disaster dealt a heavy blow to a once-strong Egyptian tourist trade that had already been devastated by the political unrest that followed Egypt’s so-called Arab Spring in 2011.

The number of tourists visiting Egypt has fallen from about 14.7 million in 2010 to around 10 million this year, according to Egyptian tourism ministry figures.

Russia and Britain, two of Egypt’s two main tourist markets, suspended all flights to Sharm el-Sheikh in the wake of the plane crash.

In an interview with The Telegraph on Thursday, Zahi Hawass, a former minister for antiquities and a famed Egyptologist, said he hoped the new airport exhibition would attract much-needed funding to pay for the maintenance of Egypt’s heritage sites.

“The museum will be an opportunity for transit passengers to get an idea about Egypt’s civilisation,” he said. “Egypt’s antiquities are in danger because of a lack of tourism – the maintenance of these sites depends on tourist revenue.”

Cairo airport hosted a similar museum back in 1984, but it was closed a few years later during renovations.

Read the article at www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/egypt/12032179/Egypt-to-open-museum-at-Cairo-airport-to-boost-tourism.html

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

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-PYRAMIDENE BLE BYGGET SOM KORNSILOER AV DEN BIBELSKE STAMFAREN JOSEF

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Sfinksen i Giza, like ved pyramidene utenfor Kairo (wikipedia.org) 

Den pensjonerte nevrokirurgen Ben Carson (64), som håper å bli Republikanernes presidentkandidat i USA gjentar nå sin 17 år gamle teori om at pyramidene i Egypt ble bygget av den bibelske stamfaren Josef, som kornsiloer, skriver nrk.no

Ben Carson tilhører Syvendedags Adventistsamfunnet, men kirkesamfunnet der han er medlem sier Carsons teorier er ukjent for dem, og at hans syn er “hans egen tolkning”. 

Josef, en av Jakobs tolv sønner, ble solgt av sine egne brødre som slave til Egypt. Han var ifølge den hebraiske bibelen Tanákh og gammeltestamentet i den kristne bibelen sentral i Egypt ved å kunne tyde faraos drømmer.

Ben Carsons teori refererer til historien i de bibelske skriftene der det heter at Josef kunne forutse en kommende matmangel og at han derfor rådet faraoen til å lagre overskuddsmat. Dette er en teori som er mer sannsynlig enn arkeologer som sier de massive pyramidene var gravkamre for faraoer, påpeker Carson.

I opptaket med Buzzfeed fra 1998 sier Carson at kamrene i pyramidene var «hermetisk lukket» fordi «de måtte være det» for å lagre korn.

Kilder: www.nrk.no, www.hegnar.no, NTB

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14 GHOSTLY PHOTOS OF FAMOUS EGYPTIAN LANDMARKS WITH NO TOURISTS

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Photo credit: Ben Terzza, Businessinsider.com

Tourists have traveled to Egypt’s ancient pyramids and historic monuments for centuries, businessinsider.com reported.

But tourism has dropped rapidly in recent years, as violent conflicts following the 2011 revolution have been particularly successful in scaring off travelers.

According to a recent Reuters article, 9.9 million tourists visited Egypt in 2014, compared to 14.7 million people in 2010. The country’s tourism minister Hisham Zaazou recently said that he expects that number to be around 10 million again this year.

“From January until the end of August the rise was very little, barely 5%,” he told Reuters.

In 2014, photographer Ben Terzza left Wales with his partner to live in Egypt for several months. A teaching job had been offered to his partner, so Terzza decided to tag along.

Terzza and his partner eventually made a trip to the capital city of Cairo. What they found there was a disappointing surprise. Cairo felt desolate and was visibly empty, which Terzza captured in a selection of his photos below.

See the whole story at www.businessinsider.com/egypts-dwindling-tourism-is-eerie-2015-10

Source: www.businessinsider.com

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TAHRIR SQUARE I KAIRO – EGYPTS HJERTE

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Les vår store bloggpost om Tahrir Square og Kairo på vår reiseblogg http://minbestereise.blogg.no/egypt.html

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