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Housing Ministry to Deliver Residential Plots in West Cairo

Minister of Housing, Utilities, and Urban Communities Assem El Gazzar has stated that the 6th of October City Development Authority will start handing over the most distinguished residential plots in the ninth district of the urban area,. El Gazzar further elaborated, in a recent ministerial statement, that the delivery date will start from October 10 until June 14, 2021. It is worth noting that New Urban Communities Authority (NUCA) will offer 3,098 housing plots across 11 new cities, ranging between 209 and 287 square meters, through a land lottery system from September 15 to October 15.

2020-11-29 11:55:48

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Renowned Egyptian Architect Abdelhalim Ibrahim Abdelhalim Wins 2020 Tamayouz Lifetime Achievement Award

Architect, urban planner, and professor, Dr.Abdelhalim Ebrahim CDC  was selected as the 2020 laureate of Tamayouz’s Lifetime Achievement Award. The highest accolade of the Tamayouz Excellence Award is awarded annually to an individual “who have made significant contributions towards humanity and the advancement of architecture and the built environment in the Near East and North Africa”. Dr.Abdelhalim is the 2020 laureate of Tamayouz’s Lifetime Achievement Award. He will receive this honor at Tamayouz’s annual ceremony, postponed to 2021. Established in 2014, the award, part of the Tamayouz  Award program, “recognizes those whose commitments to architecture were and continue to be unparalleled”. Initially created for Iraq’s renowned architects, the award opened to individuals from across the Near East and North Africa in 2019, when it was granted to Palestinian-Jordanian architect Rasem Bdran    Dr. Abdelhalim, born in 1941, is a professor of architectural design and theory at Cairo University in Egypt and the principal of his private architectural firm Community Design Collaborative Abdelhalim (CDC Abdelhalim), in 1978. He received both his Bachelor’s in architecture and Graduate Diploma in housing and building technology from Cairo University. In 1968, he obtained a Master’s in architecture from the University of Oregon and in 1978, his Ph.D. in architect...

2020-12-01 15:53:23

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Khufu Plateau … the most important urban planning project in Giza

    Location : Giza, Egypt     written by: Ali Dagher    The most distinguishing character of Egypt, is its ancient history, and the most distinguished part of this history is its Pharaonic civilization, and the mosts important icon of this civilization is the pyramids: this lofty, exceptional architectural legend that there is no alike in any other civilization around the globe. On this basis - perhaps because of its location near the Grand Egyptian Museum that is due to open soon - it came to thinking of developing the Pyramids plateau, which is one of the most important national projects in Egypt, which is consideration has begun in 2009 under the name of “Khufu Plateau”, it will turn the Pyramids’ antiquities area into a global tourist attraction site.   Project’s beginning in 2009 Implementing the project began in January 2009, it came as part of the strategy of preserving the archaeological and natural heritage of the plateau as well as raising the quality of the visitor's experience.   The overall vision of the scheme The project supervisors emphasized that within today’s framework of determinants, and the historical significance of the site, the plan has relied on dividing the site and its archaeological area into zones, assuring the preservation of its nature, conditions and data of each zone with the possible and appropriate activities. The studies...

2020-11-05 13:11:31

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Dr. Medhat Dorra - Space Consultant Office Forty years of innovation has made us in the front. The Cairo Construction Hub is an ambitious idea that deserves support.

  Interview: Ali Dagher Photographer: Nader boushra   Space Consultants is one of the most important Egyptian houses of consultancy, the volume of their work spread in Egypt and the magnitude of their participation in the national projects in designing or planning and their partnerships with the most important real-estate developers makes them progress through the list of the most important consultancy houses in Egypt. On the other hand, the founder and head of the group's board is one of the most important Egytian and Arab architects. He is Prof. Dr. Medhat Dorra, Professor of Architecture at Cairo University, one of the most important Egyptian architects, has added a lot of books to the Arab Architecture Library. With this introduction, and because our most important objective is to highlight the Egyptian innovation in construction and architecture by publishing the works and writings of Egyptian architects, it was important to meet with the Space Consultant group to talk about architecture and building in Egypt and to learn closely about their most important projects and intellectual orientations in the design practice and about the issue of architecture and general urban education. Even national projects, we had this meeting with Prof. Dr.  Elkhayam Medhat Dorra, tin the Construction Engineering department at AUC. in Cairo and deputy head of the board, and Dr. Ayman Abdelhamid, the general director of the group to learn from a clos...

2020-12-17 15:53:09

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A cooperation agreement between Banque Misr & HDB (Housing & Development Bank) to market commercial and residential urban projects

Banque Misr signed a cooperation protocol with the Housing and Development Bank (HDB), with a view to setting up mechanisms for joint cooperation to establish and market major residential, commercial and administrative projects. Mr. Mohamed El-Etrebi, Banque Misr COB and Executive manager signed the protocol with Mr. Hassan Ghanem, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Housing and Development Bank.The signing of the protocol comes within the framework of the implementation of the general policy pursued by the state, which aims to expand the establishment of major projects, especially those that lead up to providing housing and job opportunities. Banque Misr owns many distinguished  land plots that are suitable for establishing projects (residential / commercial / administrative / entertainment) and the Housing and Development Bank (HDB) has extensive experience in the field of constructing and marketing distinguished residential, commercial, administrative and entertainment projects everywhere in Egypt, and it has specialized calibers qualified enough to carry out such  Projects. Based on the vital role of Egyptian banks in advancing and driving the economy, the agreement allows granting financing to unit buyers within the framework of the laws and regulations governing the real estate market in Egypt. It must be noted that real estate financing is granted in a way that serves all segments of citizens to achieve public benefit for all parties of the sys...

2020-11-12 15:29:43

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Egypt targets EGP 136.4 bln investments in urban development during 2020/21

A ministerial report clarified that the urban development sector’s share in Egypt’s gross domestic product (GDP) at constant prices is expected to reach about EGP 706 billion during 2020/2021 Egypt’s Minister of Planning and Economic Development, Hala El-Said announced that the government targets to inject about EGP 136.4 billion, representing 18.5 percent of the country’s total investment plan for FY2020/2021, in the urban development sector. In a statement issued on Thursday, the minister clarified that these investments are split into three parts, including real estate activities that constitute the largest part at a rate of 45.6 per cent (EGP 62.1 billion), while 28.5 per cent of investment (EGP 38.9 billion) is allocated to construction works, and 25.9 per cent (EGP 35.3 billion) is directed to water and sanitation projects. A ministerial report clarified that the urban development sector’s share in Egypt’s gross domestic product (GDP) at constant prices is expected to reach about EGP 706 billion during 2020/2021, with a growth rate of 4.7 per cent over 2019. The sector’s share of GDP involves the water and sanitation sector that targets achieving about EGP 23 billion, the construction works that targets achieving about EGP 269.4 billion in FY2020/2021, up from EGP 253.1 billion in FY2019/2020 , and the real estate activities that expects to attain EGP 413.3 billion output, up from EGP 398.6 billion in FY2019/202...

2020-11-12 16:59:08

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Painting 123,000 Buildings as Part of Improving Urbanism Image Plan in Egypt

The state of urban distortion that Egypt witnessed in the past decades has erased the aesthetic identity of a number of areas in the governorates. Serious steps have been taken to improve the visual and aesthetic vision of buildings, especially in the governorate capitals, thus restoring Egypt to its urban and aesthetic distinction. The state, represented by the Ministry of Local Development, began implementation immediately. Major General Mahmoud Sharawy, Minister of Local Development, directed the governors to start implementing the assignments and develop a plan to finish painting all facades of buildings and residential buildings. Since the launch of this project, which many specialists considered as a distinctive civilizational project that preserves the Egyptian identity, the governorates have begun to work in full swing and provide incentives to citizens to finish painting homes and facades. Recently, a report was issued by the Ministry confirming the completion of painting the facades of 123,000 buildings, and that there are other plans to complete all works. Sharawy stressed that the facilities won't be provided to any residential buildings or establishments whose façades have not been painted in the colors specified by each governorate, indicating that the appropriate colors have been determined for each city, center and district in every governorate in proportion to its architectural character in order to display it in a civilized and aes...

2020-11-19 15:24:58

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Ministry of Environment: The New Administrative Capital (NAC) is a true model for urban environmental planning

The Ministry of Environment, in cooperation with the German Friedrich- Ebert- Stiftung, organized a workshop on mechanisms for integrating biological diversity in the urban planning sector for government workers specializing in housing and urban planning in Alexandria in the presence of representatives of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Communities, the Urban Planning Authority in Cairo and Alexandria, the Ministry of Planning and Economic Development and representatives of universities in Cairo and Alexandria. The workshop aims to integrate the concepts of biological diversity in the urban planning sector and raise the awareness of workers in this sector of the importance of biological diversity and sustainable development through showing the role of environmental work partners in protecting and preserving biological diversity when planning to establish new cities or urban projects.   The Minister of Environment reviewed a number of issues and topics included in the workshop such as green infrastructure, the impact of renewable energy projects on biological diversity as well as sustainable transport and promotion of motor transport, in addition to presenting methods of planning for the sustainable water system and how to support biodiversity in Egyptian cities and the role of historical public parks and public spaces and the importance of preserving them. The Environmental Programs Officer at the Friedrich-Ebert indicated that the Foundation is interes...

2020-11-22 14:13:01

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President Meets with Presidential Advisor for Urban Planning and Chairman of the Engineering Authority

President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi met with Presidential Advisor for Urban Planning Major General/ Amir Sayed Ahmed, Chairman of the Engineering Authority of the Armed Forces, Staff Major General/ Ihab Al-Far, Director of Armed Forces Engineering Authority Advisory Office, Major General/ Khaled Mubarak, and Assistant Director of the Department of Military Engineers Major General Ashraf Al-Arabi, as well as Director of road designs at the Military Engineering Department Brigadier General Abdel Aziz El-Feki. The meeting discussed the implementation status of a number of national projects carried out by the Engineering Authority across Egypt, especially those related to the national network of new roads and axes. The meeting also discussed the ongoing construction work in the New Administrative Capital and El-Galala City and the development plan of Ramses Square. In this context, the construction and engineering position of some projects in the New Administrative Capital was showcased. They discussed in further detail the implementation status of the Diplomatic Quarter which will include the embassies of foreign countries and the headquarters of international and regional organizations located in Egypt. President El-Sisi called for expediting the implementation of this project, emphasizing that it has to include all the different services and various social activities for its residents and frequent visitors.   The engineering designs of the facilities at the Strateg...

2020-12-06 08:16:11

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The Minister of Housing chairs the Higher Committee meeting for the coordination of the land authority within the country

Dr. Assem El-Gazzar, Minister of Housing, Utilities and Urban Communities, chaired the Higher Committee meeting for Coordination of the land authority within the country, in the presence of El Sayed El-Quseir, Minister of Agriculture and Land Reclamation, leaders of the ministries of housing, agriculture and local development, representatives of the Ministry of Defense, Tourism Development, Urban Planning and Industrial Development Authorities, and the National Center for State Land Use. Dr. Assem clarified that during the meeting, it was agreed to form the technical secretariat of the committee from the ministries, agencies and bodies that participated in it, to start carrying out the tasks entrusted to it, including the accurate inventory of the presidential decrees issued regarding the transfer of state lands, as well as the delivery of all documents related to the plots of lands whose ownerships are transferred. A time plan is drawn up for implementation, and a monthly report is prepared for what has been implemented, indicating that there is a presidential directive to make good use of state assets to achieve maximum benefit from the lands owned. For his part, El Sayed El-Quseir stressed that each party whose lands have been transferred, is responsible for presenting all documents related to the lands ownership (tenure), and preparing a complete file for each plot of land including its position, or obstacles to the implementation process, and then coordination...

2020-12-05 14:39:25

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Establishing 14 new community universities and starting implementing 8 as an urgent stage

Prime Minister Dr. Mostafa Madbouly held a meeting to follow up the procedures for expanding establishment of community universities in the presence of Mr. Tariq Amer, Governor of the Central Bank of Egypt, Dr. Khaled Abdel Ghaffar, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Dr. Hala El-Saeed, Minister of Planning and Economic Development, Dr. Mohamed Maait, Minister of Finance, and Dr. Ayman Ashour, Deputy Minister of Higher Education for Scientific Research Affairs. The Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research explained that it is possible to reach about 14 community universities during the coming period, pointing out that it has been agreed to start with 8 universities as an urgent stage, where the Engineering Authority of the Egyptian Armed Forces will immediately start implementing the work of this stage. During the meeting, Dr. Khaled Abdel Ghaffar gave a presentation on the vision of the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research in establishing community universities with while benefiting from public universities, indicating that the goal of establishing these universities is to achieve integration between mother universities and community universities, in pursuit of the vision of higher education 2030, adding that work is being done to link universities with economic activities and the labor market in every province, in the fields of agriculture, industry and mining, tourism, commerce and logistical services, and construction....

2020-12-14 07:40:38

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The Housing Minister and Egypt's Ambassador to China witness the signing of an agreement with Chinese banks to complete the implementation of the central business district in the (NAC)

The Egyptian Ambassador to China: The project represents a vivid example of fruitful Egyptian-Chinese cooperation ... and reflects the strong Egyptian-Chinese relations. A Chinese bank official expresses her aspiration for more cooperation in the future in various fields between Egypt and China Dr. Assem El Gazzar, Minister of Housing, Utilities and Urban Communities, and Dr. Mohamed El Badri, the Egyptian Ambassador to China, witnessed the signing of an agreement with officials of a number of Chinese banks, to obtain the third and final tranche of the contract for financing the implementation of the central business district, in the New Administrative Capital (NAC). This was done through video conference technology, as Chinese banks officials attended at the headquarters of the Egyptian embassy in Beijing. Dr. Assem El Gazzar thanked the work teams from the Egyptian and Chinese sides who are in charge of implementing this important national project, the Central Business District in the New Administrative Capital, which is being implemented for the first time in Egypt and includes the highest tower in Africa, i.e. the iconic tower with a height of about 400 meters. This is a clear evidence of the strength of the Chinese-Egyptian relations and the joint cooperation in the field of construction, stressing that this successful model is a source of pride and an honor for the professional management of projects. An official of the Chinese banks that financed the pr...

2020-12-31 12:54:40

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The death of Engineer Hussein Sabour after a long journey of professional and scientific giving

Written by: Ali Dagher    The Egyptian and Arab architectural and urban society lost a number of major scientific and professional figures that affected the construction sector in Egypt and had a major role in building Egypt during the past fifty years. The last of them was Engineer Hussein Sabour, who passed away this morning after a great and extended journey of professional and scientific giving.  His son, businessman Omar Sabour, announced the news of his death on his official page on Facebook this morning. Who is Hussein Sabour? Hussein Fayek Sabour, an Egyptian engineer, was president of the Shooting Club in 1992 and he founded many real estate development companies in Egypt. Hussein Sabour :  A journey of excellence and giving as well as difficult tasks “Hussein Sabour” was born in 1936, graduated from the Faculty of Engineering at Cairo University in 1957, and after his graduation he obtained a Diploma in Road Planning in 1958 and a Diploma in Fundamental Development in 1962. The Sabour Consulting Bureau was established in 1957, and then three offices were branched from it: Parsons Brinckerhoff, Misr America  Engineering Consultants (MAEC) and MASCO, which undertook engineering works for the underground in Cairo, many major projects in Sadat and October 6 city, and tourism projects such as El Gezirah Sheraton Hotel , Hilton Luxor, and Semiramis Hotel, as well as the expansion and upgrading of elect...

2021-03-03 13:59:58

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