It is called Vision 2030, and it is the most important national relaunch plan in the history of modern Egypt. A 45-billion-dollar master plan foresees the foundation of 6 new tourist destinations along the new axis resulting from the doubling of the Suez Canal.
Above all, the construction of a new administrative city, a sort of Cairo 2, will be located 50 kilometers from the capital in the southeast part of the country in an area covering 700 square kilometers. It will host offices, housing for 5 million residents, hotels, a congress center for 3,000 people, 2,000 schools, 1,000 mosques, the largest amusement park on the continent, and about 2,200 kilometers of modern road networks.
The mission was announced by Ismaa, Mediterranean Institute for Asia and Africa, and presented at the Egyptian Embassy in Rome, where the ambitious plan for the “new” Egypt was illustrated in detail.
It is a complex project that envisages 6 new tourist destinations, some of which will be located on the north coast facing the Mediterranean while other destinations will be to the north of the Red Sea, near the port of El Sukhna.
The plan also provides for the development of the northwest coast with the creation of a City of Wood, which will become the capital of furniture for the Egyptians, and of a City of Leather.
“The Egyptian government has provided a series of incentives for foreign companies and entrepreneurs who wish to cooperate,” underlined the Egyptian Ambassador to Italy, Hisham Badr, “and Italy, one of the first commercial partners of Egypt, is certainly one of the country’s open new relationships and will generate big business.”
The presentation of the project was made by the President of Ismaa, Maurizio Barnaba, and by his General Secretary, Vincenzo Valenti, who from October 13 to 16 will bring many Italian companies to Cairo to meet local ministers, administrators, and entrepreneurs. At the moment, there are about 30 Italian companies that have joined, and there is a growing interest due to the commitment shown by the Egyptian government.
Among the tourist destinations that will enrich the country’s receptive landscape, with planned investments and works already in progress, standing out is New El Alamein City along the north coast of the Mediterranean, and Al Galala City, north of the Red Sea and not far from El Sukhna, the latter with projects approved for the construction of 2 luxury hotels, a resort, a water park, and a marina to encourage nautical tourism. The government intends to set up other tourist locations in the area.
Egypt, with 17 golf courses and 22 spas, is, according to UNWTO analysts, the country of the African region, with the highest tourist growth index of 2017 with 4.7 million foreign visitors (+ 54%) and 52 million overnight stays (+ 171%).
The expectation of Italian Tourism, declared the Egyptian ambassador, is to return to the performances of the beginning of the year 2000 with 1.2 million visitors a year.
The Nile Tower will be built in Cairo and will be the tallest tower in Africa. Construction of the tower was halted for a decade in 2007 due to political events, but it could soon be completed following the opening of investments by President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. Located near the river Nile, the tower was designed by architect Zaha Hadid Architect. The Nile Tower should exceed 250 meters in height for a total of 70 floors with 36 reserved for luxury apartments and 18 to host an important hotel with 230 guest rooms. The other floors will become offices and services such as restaurants, gyms, shops, cinemas, and casinos.
The construction of the skyscraper, which should cost about 150 million dollars, has been entrusted to Living In Interiors.