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The Grand Egyptian Museum… The Link between the Civilization of the Past and the Modernity of the Present

Museum Description: The Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM) is located west of Cairo near Giza pyramids. The selected location for this mega project is a witness to the greatness of Egypt in the past, present, and future. The museum is mainly designed to be the largest archeological museum in the world. Its area is about 117 feddans (500.000 sq. m.). It houses more than 100.000 artifacts belonging to both Pharaonic and Greco-Roman periods. It's expected to be visited by more than 5 million visitors annually. The museum will include a number of commercial and entertainment service buildings, a conservation and restoration center and a museum garden planting the trees that the ancient Egyptian used to know. The project will be carried out in three major phases at a cost of $ 550 million. During 2010, the second phase (Phase II) of the project was inaugurated which included a Conservation Center (CC) consisting of a number of tests and analyses labs such as Scanning Electron Microscope & Microbiology labs, in addition to Mummies & Human remains lab, Stone lab, Wood lab, and Ceramics, Glass and Metal labs. The third Phase (Phase III) of the project includes the construction of the museum's main exhibition hall which will display 100.000 ancient Egyptian artifacts, Schoolers museum, a Conference Center, an Archeological Library and the Child museum. The final inauguration of the project will be on Nov.2022. A visitor's tour inside the museum begins...

2020-11-29 13:15:06

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Banque Misr Building new capital

The Banque Misr building, to which ECG provided the complete design and construction supervision services for architectural and structural works, belongs to the first national banking industry giant. Its well-engineered built masterpiece is in close vicinity to the Central Bank of Egypt, which empowers BM brand and urban visuality in Egypt’s New Capital. The building’s contemporary wholly glazed facades were inspired by BM’s legacy. Built in a premium strategic location, BM’s massive scenic building stands on Plot No. 23A.2, with a plot area of 11,245 m2, footprint area of 4,322 m2, and a total height of up to 34 meters; comprising two basement floors, a ground floor, and seven upper floors. The ground floor houses main and VIP entrances, a banking hall including screened teller counters with vast back-office areas, service areas including restrooms and pantry, and entry/exit ramps to underground parking in basements accommodating up to 400 parking spaces. Floors from first to seventh are allocated to BM’s office areas.

2020-12-01 15:50:17

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New El-Alamein Hotel (Crystal Inn By Almasa) wins the KNX Global Award 2020 for the best smart building in Egypt

The Egyptian Hotel of Almasa won the KNX International Award for the best hotel with specifications of a smart building, and won the People's Choice Award for the year of 2020 The award presenter said, praising Almasa Hotel and the new city of Alamein: “The project won the People's Choice Award for the best smart building”, and described the new city of Alamein as “the first smart city in Egypt". The award management congratulated all those in charge of the new Almasa project in the city of Alamein, after the hotel won the People's Choice Award The Crystal Inn by Almasa - El Alamein Hotel is one of the Almasa hotels in Alamein, which started operating on July 10th, 2020, as it is one of the distinctive signs of the New city of Alamein and Egypt’s North Coast. Since the announcement of its operation, the hotel has witnessed a large turnout from North Coast visitors. Especially, as the hotel enjoys a distinctive private beach. The "Crystal Inn Hotel" is the first official operating hotel in the new city of Alamein, which enjoys accurate and continuous follow up by President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, who visited the city last year and was briefed on the progress of work . He also visited Almasa Hotel and witnessed the stages of implementation, also the president follows up the progress rate in the new city during his continuous meetings with the Prime Minister and the city officials

2020-10-15 17:54:31

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Shali is declared as a world heritage area

Location: Siwa Oasis - Western Desert – Egypt Architect : Ramez Azmy – Emad Farid   After nearly three continuous years of work to restore the ancient buildings and monuments of the ancient city of "Shali" in the Siwa Oasis, the city is currently ready to receive the ministers of tourism, antiquities, planning and international cooperation, in addition to about 20 ambassadors of European countries, to declare it as a world heritage area. The history of the restored ancient city dates back to the ancient Egyptians, as it contains the Temple of Amun. Then came Alexander the Great, who visited the temple for worship and declared himself the son of Amun, knowing the importance of that god to the Egyptians. As for the ruins of the ancient fortress of Shali, it was constructed from a material known as kershif, a mixture of salt rocks from salt lakes of the region and clay, between the 12th - 13th centuries to protect the inhabitants from Bedouin attacks in the desert. The governorate had concluded a protocol for the revival and restoration of the old village in 2018 with funding from the European Union.  There were about 300 workers from the oasis participating in the restoration of the ancient village, built entirely from the material known as kershif, palm pillars and olive trees. The roads between the abandoned houses were also revived and the rundown walls were raised to a height of 18 meters to restore the villa...

2020-12-17 15:42:33

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Egypt's exports of building materials hit $3.9 bln in 8 months: Building Materials Export Council

  Egypt's exports of building materials, refractory and metallurgy industries hit $3.9 billion during the first eight months of 2020, compared to $3.2 billion during the same period last year. According to the monthly report of the Export Council for Building Materials, Refractory and Metallurgy Industries (ECBM) on Saturday, the country's exports of jewels and precious stones reached $2.1 billion in January-August 2020, compared to $1.2 billion during the same period in 2019. Meanwhile, exports of ceramics dropped by 30 percent to hit $78 million.

2020-11-12 12:49:55

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The prime minister instructs universities to issue building permits instead of local councils

  Dr. Mostafa Madbouly, Prime Minister, instructed that universities in various governorates issue licenses, not localities, saying: Universities in the governorates will serve as the advisory office for each governorate to issue licenses and control urbanization in each city. This came while the Prime Minister reviewed the objectives of the guidebook for urban control and the drafting of planning controls and requirements for Egyptian cities, as it was indicated that the aim of the guide is to set standards for urbanization control, laying the foundations for drafting planning controls and requirements for Egyptian cities, and reformulating basic services programs – in the approved cities. Strategic plans – according to urban control directions. The methodology of work in the directory was also reviewed, which depends on identifying or dividing the city into administrative units or regions with homogeneous characteristics to study the state of urbanization in it, and to monitor the indicators of the state of urbanization in terms of structural density, the proportions of the distribution of residential and non-residential uses, the percentage of road area, the percentage of occupancy, and the indicators of the population situation in units in terms of population, population density and population growth trends, as well as assessing the state of urbanization according to objectives and standards controlling urbanization, which includes controllin...

2020-11-12 15:47:28

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Development works for the historic Egyptian Postal Museum building at Al-Ataba

Dr. Mostafa Madbouly,  Egyptian Prime Minister, inspected the development and rehabilitation works of the historic Egyptian Postal Museum building in the Ataba area in central Cairo. He was accompanied by Dr. Amr Talaat, Minister of Communications and Information Technology, Major General Khaled Abdel Aal, Governor of Cairo, Eng. Ghada Labib, Deputy Minister of Communications for Institutional Development Affairs, Eng. Raafat Hindi, Deputy Minister of Communications for Infrastructure Affairs, and Dr. Sherif Farouk, Chairman of the Board of Directors (COB) of the National Post Authority. The Prime Minister began his inspection tour of the museum, confirming that Egypt has one of the oldest postal establishments in the world, pointing out that with the successive developments in the role of post and the huge shift in the number of the available services it performs, it has become imperative that we must not forget the long history of this  prestigious institution, thanking all those involved in the restoration and development works of the building, to appear in this impressive image.   Dr. Mostafa Madbouly emphasized that this museum will be a real addition to the Egyptian students, to enrich their information about the history of communications and mail in Egypt, so that they will know more through the exhibits and collections about the history of their country through different ages. The Minister of Communications and Information Technology...

2020-11-12 16:21:28

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Egypt received 2.26 mln reconciliation requests for building violations

Egypt has received around 2.26 million reconciliation requests over building violations nationwide, Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly announced on Wednesday.  According to a cabinet statement, Madbouly thanked the citizens who seek to legalise the status of their buildings.   The country has seen a significant rise in illegal construction since the security vacuum that followed the 2011 uprising, with many people constructing multi-storey buildings without acquiring the necessary permits or complying with engineering safety standards.   In January, President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi ratified a law allowing settlement with the state over building violations in return for fees, except for those pertaining to safety standards, authorised height or purpose, historic buildings, among others.  For the second time, the government has pushed back the reconciliation deadline until the end of November, instead of the previous date on 30 September.   A large portion of the collected reconciliation fees will be allocated for development in governorates and upgrading the levels of services provided to citizens, according to the Egyptian government.

2020-11-12 16:52:41

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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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Engineers Syndicate in Alexandria holds a symposium on the Construction Industry and Building Information Technology

The Syndicate of Engineers in Alexandria, headed by Dr. Mohammed Hisham Saoudi, and the Industry and Energy Committee headed by Dr. Hassan Lotfy, organized a seminar entitled "The Construction Industry and Building Information Modeling Technology (BIM") on Thursday, 19 November at the Syndicate's Conference Hall. The Syndicate indicated, in a statement today, that Dr. Shaima Ashour, Engineer Islam Khalil, Engineer Salim Badawy and Engineer Moataz Ehab, who are BIM technology experts, delivered lectures at the symposium. Dr. Hassan Lotfy, head of the Industry and Energy Committee at the Syndicate of Engineers in Alexandria, said that the meeting dealt with the construction industry and the uses of building information modeling technology and discussed how to start applying the Building Information Modeling (BIM) methodology in the Egyptian construction industry.  He also discussed the use of BIM technology in new smart cities in Egypt, its role in achieving sustainable buildings in the New Alamein City, and its impacts on smart engineering education, in addition to addressing the importance of BIM technology for construction and architectural, electrical and mechanical engineers. He indicated that the meeting will present ten important information and elements about (BIM) technology, as well as the Egyptian code for (BIM) technology.

2020-11-19 16:09:02

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A Professor at AUC Designs a Guide to Buildings for People with Autism

Dr. Magda Mostafa, an associate professor in the Department of Architecture at the American University in Cairo (AUC) and an international expert in designing buildings suitable for people with autism, is currently working on a design guide to buildings that suit the needs of autistic people at Dublin  University in Ireland.   Dr. Magda Mustafa seeks to make the project possible for development and replication across Dublin in general and in various countries, as she says: “I hope that this guide will remain available not only for one university, but also for other universities as well, and I hope that all institutions will continue to follow up and implement these procedures in different ways, and I hope this is an ongoing project and continues to expand. Mustafa aspires for the Dublin University project to become a pioneering project for campus design guidelines for all higher education institutions, in order to reach a systematic way to build a university campus that takes into account people with autism, including accommodation, buildings, classrooms, libraries, offices, food outlets, …etc. Mustafa stated that individuals with autism need a space to which they can resort when they feel overwhelmed and when they feel the need to get a rest. Transportation is one of the sources of great stress on them. Accordingly, Mustafa works with Dublin University to build a more comprehensive on-campus student hostels (dormitory), taking into account fac...

2020-11-26 14:21:27

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Housing and Building National Research Center (HBRC) discusses applied models for sustainable green building

 Technology Innovation Commercialization Offices (TICO) at the Housing & Building National Research Center (HBRC) organized a scientific symposium on " Action Plan and Mechanisms for Applied Models of Sustainable Green Building" under the patronage of Dr. Khaled El-Zahabi, President of HBRC, with the participation of Dr. Khaled Yousry, Vice- Chairman for Research and Studies Affairs, and Dr. Muhammad Masoud, Vice- Chairman for Member Affairs. The symposium included three sessions. The first session, Dr. Mona Fanny, Head of Offices, began by introducing and identifying the technology offices in the center, their activities, and their main goal, which is to apply research and studies at the center. Mona Fanny spoke about the most prominent achievements of the offices, as they consist of three units, the Technology Transfer and Marketing Office, which she heads, and the membership of Dr. Mohamed Saad, explaining the innovations and applied research that the office is marketing. The offices also include the Intellectual Property and Patents Office, where Dr. Medhat El-Mahallawy, the head of the office, explained how to register a patent, the required forms and the conditions for obtaining a patent. Researchers are also motivated to register by exempting them from any registration fees. He also stressed the need for researchers to register patents to preserve and benefit from their innovations. The office is also working on issuing intellectual property...

2020-12-05 10:03:05

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Future cities in Egypt ... "New Rafah"

Construction continues in the new city of Rafah, the first Egyptian city on the eastern borders of Egypt. Eng. Mohamed Radwan, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Housing, confirmed that the implementation of 43 new residential buildings from phase I has begun, bringing the total number of buildings to 84 (a ground floor + three floors) with a total of 1344 housing units, each of which has an area of 120 square meters, in addition to the construction of 7 service buildings and nurseries. He said that work is underway to extend the water and sanitary drainage networks at the public site in conjunction with coordination for the external utilities of the city as a whole, explaining that the implementation rate for 41 buildings is 95%, and added that the concrete works for 43 new buildings, and finishing works for the service buildings are underway. He stated that the feeding and sanitation works are underway for the general site of 41 buildings, and the main water line has been connected to feed the project. Coordination is also underway to implement the sewage treatment plant for the city. The city is located on an area of 536 acres on the Rafah-El-Arish international motor way at Al-Wefaq area. He clarified that the future will witness the construction of 626 modern buildings in the city, each building consisting of 4 floors each floor has four apartments, and the area of each apartment is 120 square meters, bringing the total number of units to 10016 housing units,...

2020-12-06 08:29:24

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Prime minister follows up the plans for restoration and development of "Islamic Cairo".

Development of a number of squares in Islamic Cairo is underway, similar to what was done in Tahrir Square The head of the advisory office of the Engineering Authority of the Armed Forces presented a report on the studies for the start of development of El-Imam El-Hussein Mosque and the surrounding area in old Cairo, similar to what was done in the El-Sayeda Zeinab meadow project, where he explained that the necessary measures are being taken to develop residential areas before starting the development of archaeological and heritage buildings. He pointed out that proposals have been prepared for each area that is required to be rehabilitated and restored in the El-Hussein area, such as Kafr El-Tameen, which includes Umm El-Ghulam Street, Qasr El-Shouq Street, and Kafr El-Zaghary Street, from the entrance to Al-Azhar Street leading to Sayed El-Dakhli lane, and from there north to the rest of the region.  In addition to Khan El-Hussein for handicrafts, this in addition to developing Darb El-Labbana area, and this project includes creating an educational and cultural path in this area, as well as recreational and commercial activities, housing, tourism, and community services, as well as the urban rehabilitation of Bab Zuweila and Al-Hakim bi Amr Allah and Bab El-Wazir Street. He also presented a report on the position of the area before the development, the proposals that are currently being discussed regarding the development of this prominent...

2020-12-17 12:55:05

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Minister of Culture follows up implementation of the project to improve the visual image of Cairo Downtown

In implementation of the project to restore the civilized face of Downtown - Cairo, Dr. Enas Abdel Dayem, Minister of Culture, continues to follow up the implementation of the first phase of the project “Improving the visual image of the central Cairo area (Downtown)”, which’s vision was developed by the National Organization for Urban Coordination headed by Engineer Mohamed Abu Saada in cooperation with the Cairo Governorate, the Ministry of Housing, and Misr Company For Sound and Light of the business sector, which aims to modernize the squares, whether by unifying the form of façades, lines or advertisements, lighting. Work actually began in Mustafa Kamel Square and Talaat Harb passing through Qasr al-Nil Street to the Opera Square as a first phase and the second phase includes Ataba Square and El-Azbakeya Park. Abdel Dayem said that the project to improve the visual image takes into account the architectural character and the historical context of the central Cairo area and seeks to preserve the distinctive wealth of buildings and restore its splendor as it is a sophisticated international destination for high-level activities, history and culture, and also contributes to enhancing feelings of pride and belonging among its children. On his side, head of the National Organization for Urban Coordination said that the project to improve the visual image of Downtown Cairo raises the functional efficiency of spaces (squares and streets) t...

2021-01-13 09:29:33

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Prince Palace was built on the banks of the Nile with a combination of European and Islamic style

Located on the banks of the Nile in the center of Nag Hammadi, Prince Youssef Kamal Palace is an architectural masterpiece and an archaeological landmark between a blend of European and Islamic style. Since the beginning of the year, restoration and development work started in the palace. Decorations The palace was founded by Prince Yusuf Kamal bin Amir Ahmed Kamal, a member of the Alawite family that ruled Egypt from 1805- 1952 and was registered as an Islamic monument by the Prime Minister's Decree No. 65 of 1988. Qena Governorate. Prince Youssef Kamal Palace was established in 1908, under the supervision of architect Antonio Lashiak, one of the most famous architects who came to Egypt at the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century . The palace of Prince Youssef Kamal Nagaa Hammadi, consists of 9 unique architectural units, erected on an area of ​​10 acres, but decreased with the passage of days, where parts of the palace were cut off to government agencies and service interests. The architectural units of the palace include "Salamlek Palace, the palace, the dining hall, the kitchen, the courtyard, the shrine of Sheikh Omran, the minaret, the lesson hall, the way". South facade At the top of the facade is the palace of Salamlek, which is an artistic panorama of archaeological collections and paintings of various eras. Muharraq, "and the north side of the entrance lobby corridor opens from the west. Th...

2020-12-31 12:55:46

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Madbouly follows up the final steps of construction and planning control project for approval

Dr. Mostafa Madbouly, Prime Minister, held a meeting to follow up the final steps of laying down planning and building controls and requirements for Egyptian cities, in the presence of Major General Mahmoud Shaarawi, Minister of Local Development, Dr. Asim El-Gazzar, Minister of Housing, Utilities and Urban Communities, and Engineer Khaled Abbas, Deputy Minister of Housing for National Projects and Dr. Abdel Khalek Ibrahim, Assistant Consultant for Minister of Housing. During the meeting, Dr. Assem Al-Gazzar reviewed the planning and construction controls and requirements at the city level in terms of uses, heights and building ratios, areas and dimensions of plots of land, and parking spaces. He also discussed the executive procedures for starting construction work, and the procedures for issuing building permits. The Minister of Housing also touched upon the formation of the inspection committee and the responsibilities entrusted to it, as well as the names of the supervisor authorities that will monitor construction work. At the end of the meeting, the Prime Minister confirmed that the final planning and construction requirements will be presented to the President, in preparation for their approval by the Supreme Council for Urban Planning and Development.

2021-01-13 09:26:37

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The spatial variables system monitors building violations in real time all over Egypt

Dr. Mostafa Madbouly, Prime Minister, held a meeting two weeks ago to follow up the work performance of the spatial variables system, in the presence of Major General Mahmoud Shaarawy, Minister of Local Development, Major General Mahmoud Tawfik, Minister of Interior, Dr. Assem El Gazzar, Minister of Housing, Utilities and Urban Communities, Major General (Staff) Sherief Saleh, Director of the Military Survey Department. During the meeting, the Prime Minister praised the system’s performance, stressing the importance of establishing a spatial data unit in every governorate. The project works to provide real-time geographical data for all spatial variables and monitor them that occur all over Egypt in any place, whether legal or illegal construction work, and the system can follow the progress of work in all projects that are built in any inch of the state lands and prepare reports on building violations or encroachments and send them to the competent authorities. Since the beginning of the project at the Military Survey Authority, the system has monitored about 334,000 reports on construction work that took place during the past two years and sent reports to the concerned authorities via high-resolution satellite images. The Prime Minister ordered the establishment of a spatial unit in each governorate and stressed the necessity of providing cadres to operate these units, and seeking help from universities in the absence of cadres in the governorates or c...

2021-01-21 15:02:20

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? How to grasp the Islamic & Contemporary Architecture

  Written by : Dr Khaled Azab This question may come as a surprise to the readers, researchers, and professors specialized in Islamic architecture and Islamic monuments, in specific. However, grasping the Islamic architecture is still a long way ahead, unfortunately. Many have immersed themselves in the orientalist studies revolving around the form rather than the content in the fields of architecture and Islamic monuments. This had an effect that lasted until the 21st century. Not only on the academic curriculum, but also on architectural designs, metaphorically known as Islamic. Everyone sought form rather than content, which is the essence of Islamic architecture. Moreover, it is this essence that made it eye-catching in terms of the ornamental form. Also, if the design is contemplated, questions with logical answers emerging from architectural engineering will be raised. This is in addition to other questions with no answers residing in the western and cotemporary consciousness as a part of the mysteries and magic of the East linked to the Arabian Nights tales.                                                                  &nbs...

2021-02-23 14:43:39

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Giza General Contracting awards a new project in New Mansoura City

 Giza General Contracting and Real Estate Investment Company (GGCC) has been assigned by the New Damietta Development Authority (NDDA) to construct 55 luxurious residential buildings in New Mansoura City, according to the company’s statement. The buildings will be established in the second phase of Janna luxury housing project at an estimated cost of EGP 600 million, the statement highlighted. NDDA is the governmental authority that supervises on New Mansoura City. The company has announced the financial statements for the period from 01/01/2019 to 31/12/2019, where the results showed that the company has achieved a net profit of 53,460,647 pounds, down from 62,807,948 pounds in the corresponding period a year earlier.

2021-03-03 11:49:53

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Speaker of Egyptian Parliament thanks the President the Arab Contractors Company for the Administrative Capital

 Dr. Hanafy Gebaly, Speaker of Parliament, said that he visited the new administrative capital, describing it as “the most important achievements of Egypt and its dream to cross into the future.” This came during the beginning of the Parliament session on Sunday, February 14, in which the Speaker reviewed the details of his visit to the headquarters of the Parliament in the Administrative Capital. "I had the honor to visit the New Administrative Capital to find out the latest developments regarding the construction of the new building of the Council, and what I saw there is a miracle that every Egyptian should be proud of, whether it is done in the main building of the House of Representatives ... which includes the main hall that accommodates a thousand members, or the service buildings that cope pace with the latest developments of the era in terms of modernity and technology. He said: "I learned that work continues there day and night."  The speaker of the House of Representatives thanked President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, saying, “He is the sponsor of development, who came out of the good land of Egypt in order to cross the bridge to complete the building of a modern civil state." He added: Thanks are extended to the Engineering Authority of the Armed Forces and its men, and thanks are also extended to the Arab Contractors Company, and to all companies operating there for their efforts to achieve this gigantic Egyptian edifice....

2021-03-03 11:50:08

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Arch. Hisham El Sergany: Commercial Director of EGYBEL We started with the slogan "No Way to Compare", and thanks to our unmatched quality, we undertook some of the largest Egyptian projects

Arch. Hisham El Sergany, Commercial Director of EGYBEL: We started with the slogan "No Way to Compare", and thanks to our unmatched quality, we undertook some of the largest Egyptian projects. Fortunately, the current projects are concerned with quality as a prerequisite for implementation. interview : Ali Dagher The urban system is, without a doubt, built on the unbreakable partnership between the architectural industries and their building materials. The superior and diverse production of the materials involved in the construction industry is a vital tool to truly showing architectural and engineering creativity. In addition to this, the architectural industries, in general, are the main driver for most economic activities, thanks to the investments accompanying them as well as the size of the manpower and job opportunities they provide. The industry of aluminum facades for buildings is one of the most important industries of modern building materials. So, modern architectural trends and aesthetic appearance of buildings cannot be completed without the use of aluminum and glass facade systems, in addition to all door and window systems. This industry has grown and developed significantly, thanks to a group of investors who lead the evolution of construction in Egypt. EGYBEL comes on top of these companies with a relatively early start, as its production began in 1989 and has since developed significantly and occupied an advanced position among t...

2021-05-05 14:41:20

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