Egypt plans new $14bn airport city in Cairo

15 November 2013

The Egyptian government is seeking to build a new airport city area Cairo airport an area covering up to 10 million sq m costing approximately $14.5bn.

Egyptian civil aviation minister Abdel Aziz Fadel told news agency Zawya that the scheme is considered a "giant national project" that will take about seven years to complete, providing more than 100,000 direct jobs.

He said it would be a complete city around the airport, a free trade zone, cargo village, factories, offices, hotels and a hospital.

The new city will be located around Cairo International Airport (Ad Meskens/Wikimedia Commons)

Authorities expect to start the first phase of the project in January 2014, although it is still in the planning stage.

The project will make use of land around the Cairo International Airport, an estimated area of 55 square kilometers, and invest in around 10 million sq m of surrounding land.

Zawya reports that Aecom is the master plan consultant and the conceptual design consultant for the project.

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