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Clean electricity.. Clean environment Benban Solar Park

Location: Benban, Aswan Project’s Cost: 40 Billion EGP Area: 37 Acres   The Benban Solar Park project is a national project that is considered a new nucleus for generating electricity in Egypt using the sun, to support the national grid as one of the most important goals of the project with a capacity of 2000 Gigawatts (the largest in the world) and it was awarded as the best project in the world from the World Bank. The site choice took place along the village of Benban on the western desert road in Aswan Governorate, based on NASA’s studies and reports of some international scientific institutions that confirmed that the project site is one of the brightest areas of the sun in the world with an investment cost of about 3.4 Billion Euros (about 40 Billion EGP).   The project includes 4 main power transmission stations, it also includes 40 solar substations (secondary stations). The project aims to produce 2000 Megawatts of electricity, which is roughly equivalent to the energy produced using the High Dam, to support the unified national grid for electricity. The solar panels’ number used in the station is about 200,000 solar panels, producing 50 Megawatts of green energy, which is sufficient to light up 70,000 homes. 39 companies specialized in energy production according to the international standards, including 10 International Arab companies and 29 Egyptian companies through the New and Renewable Energy Authority are...

2020-11-29 11:48:57

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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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R5 town in new Capital City

R5 town is planned for development within the first phase of the New Capital. Stretching over an area of approximately 1,022 feddan, and ECG did the complete design and supervision for this zone. R5 incorporates residential zones with varying densities (apartment blocks, villas & townhouses), in addition to major public town squares, ancillary buildings (schools, mosques, a hospital, family health clinic, sports club, police station, civil defense center & a post office), urban open spaces, water features, land reserved for a university, and a power station. The urban public spaces design concept simulates Khedivial Cairo’s urban and architectural character represented in main commercial spines, main boulevards, squares, open spaces and nodes; starting at the entrances to the Old City to the two northbound entrances, connected by public squares, simulating Parisian Cairo’s urban fabric. Furthermore, R5 includes a main green hub and river, central park, clusters of open spaces, and Garden City villas’ linear parks and towers’ main boulevard.

2020-10-06 02:58:13

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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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The Minister of Housing reviews alternatives for developing a number of unplanned areas in the governorates of Cairo and Giza

Within the framework of the state's policy to develop the existing Egyptian urbanization, Dr. Assem El-Gazzar, Minister of Housing, Utilities and Urban Communities, held a meeting with a number of consultancy bureaus to review the proposed alternatives to develop a number of unplanned areas in the governorates of Cairo and Giza. He stressed that the development of unplanned areas will begin in the governorates of Cairo and Giza, provided that this experience will be spread across the country, in implementation of the state's plans that aimed at controlling and developing the existing urbanization. He also pointed out that the work of developing unplanned areas includes opening traffic axes, raising the efficiency of infrastructure networks, implementing various service projects, and re-planning those areas in a way that increases the efficiency of urbanization.

2020-12-17 13:52:14

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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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Minister of Planning: Monorail, water treatment projects in Egypt to receive USD 500 mn in green bond funding

Dr. Hala Al-Saeed, Minister of Planning and Economic Development, said that the "Development Initiative" was launched last September in coordination and fruitful cooperation with the Ministry of State for Information and a number of other ministries, pointing out that the preparation for launching a specialized training program for media cadres and bodies in coordination with the United Nations Development Program. This was during the speech of Dr. Hala Al-Saeed at the ceremony of handing over the prizes of the "Development Initiative" competition at the headquarters of the Ministry of State for Information, delivered on her behalf by Dr. Mona Essam, Head of the Sustainable Development Unit at the Ministry of Planning and Economic Development. The celebration was attended by Mr. Osama Heikal, Minister of State for Information, Dr. Yasmine Fouad, Minister of Environment, Dr. Ashraf Sobhi, Minister of Youth and Sports, and Mr. Mohamed Al-Atribi, COB of Banque Misr. Al-Saeed pointed out that the importance of the "development initiative" lies in raising awareness of what sustainable development means to the Egyptian citizen and how it affects the style and quality of his life and be effective in implementing its programs, placing strong emphasis on creating a societal dialogue about sustainable development and Egypt's vision 2030, and how to involve society as a whole in achieving them, through educating and training the Egyptian media on the im...

2020-11-19 19:23:12

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In Cooperation with International Development Partners, An Inspection Visit to Rod El Farag Water Treatment Plant

Within the framework of following up and monitoring the projects implemented through development cooperation programs with development partners, the Minister of International Cooperation, Jonathan Cohen, the American Ambassador in Cairo, Leslie Reed, Director of the USAID Office in Egypt, and Eng. Mamdouh Raslan, COB of the Holding Company for Drinking Water and Sanitation, inspected the sewage treatment plant in Rod El-Farag area, which was inaugurated and funded by the United States Agency for International Development, to monitor the social and economic impact of the plant, which provides services to more than 5 million citizens in Cairo. She explained that the Rod El-Farag water plant was implemented in cooperation between Egypt and the United States in 1986, and since that date, Egypt has implemented many similar projects all over the republic, making it one of the leading countries in this field, thus supporting and benefiting many other countries.

2020-11-26 14:21:54

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Khaled Batal, Iraqi Minister of Planning: "We seek to benefit from Egypt's experience in the field of housing"

Dr. Khaled Batal, Minister of Planning and Deputy Prime Minister of Iraq, said that Iraq seeks to benefit from the Egyptian experience in several areas, including infrastructure projects, social housing, planning, capacity building, electricity, health and medicine. Batal added that Iraq is also seeking to benefit from the Egyptian experience in enhancing human resources in order to raise the skills of Iraqi youth and qualify them for the labor market, and also to launch databases, which are a pivotal factor for development plans, according to a statement from the Egyptian Ministry of International Cooperation on Friday. This came during a session of bilateral talks between Batal and Rania Al-Mashat, Minister of International Cooperation, within the activities of the preparatory meeting at the ministerial level, for the joint Egyptian-Iraqi High Committee, today in Baghdad, in the presence of Alaa Moussa, the Egyptian ambassador to Iraq, Ahmed Nayef Al-Dulaimi, the Iraqi ambassador to Egypt, and a number of officials from both countries.

2020-11-29 09:18:33

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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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President Sisi directs a new path for housing and urban expansion

President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi met with Dr. Mustafa Madbouly, Prime Minister, Eng. Sherif Ismail, Assistant President of the Republic for National and Strategic Projects, Mahmoud Shaarawi, Minister of Local Development, Dr. Assem El-Jazzar, Minister of Housing, Utilities and Urban Communities, and Major General Amir Sayed Ahmed, Adviser to the President of the Republic for Planning , and Major General Staff Ihab Al-Far, head of the Armed Forces Engineering Authority. The president was briefed on the outcome of the efforts and steps taken during the past period in this context, especially in the governorates of Cairo, Giza and Alexandria, and the outcome of the work of the relevant committees that were formed from all the competent authorities, as well as the proposals and mechanisms being discussed to reorganize urban activity according to new building requirements. The President directed the formulation of the new building system in a complete manner in terms of aspects and details in a way that achieves the governance of the construction process and urban expansion, within a framework of clear standards, including engineering designs, construction stages, absorption of cars and services for each building, and criteria for determining the height of residential buildings, stressing the imperative of applying these standards. To regulate the construction process, and to adopt a new path of housing and urban expansion, a path based on scientific and objective rules that e...

2020-12-05 09:50:58

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Social Solidarity a cooperation protocol with Helwan University (HU) to development informal settlements

Dr. Nevin Al-Kabbaj, Minister of Social Solidarity, and Dr. Maged Negm, President of Helwan University, signed today, Tuesday, a joint cooperation protocol between the Ministry and Helwan University, in order to implement the plan for developing informal settlements, the environment and society at the university's headquarters. This protocol comes within the framework of the state's commitment to implement what was included in the constitution issued in 2014 regarding the development of a comprehensive national plan to confront the problem of informal settlements, re-planning, providing infrastructure and facilities, improving the lives of citizens and public health, taking care of the citizens with low-income, as well as developing dangerous and insecure informal areas, and paying attention to social dimensions for all citizens to lead a decent life. This protocol is considered as a documentation of a community partnership between the two parties that defines the tasks and responsibilities, each within the limits of its competence. This goes in confirmation of what is required by the conditions of the Egyptian society that places strong emphasis on building people, especially in informal areas to achieve sustainability and cope with Egypt Vision 2030. The Ministry of Solidarity is committed to activating the urgent interventions in the slums located within the scope of Helwan University's work, in addition to working on families living in these areas, an...

2020-12-10 14:27:40

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Details of the residential project behind of Sur Magra El-Oyoun

National projects have changed the features of Cairo Governorate, the capital of Egypt, which is famous for its history and civilization, as these projects aim to restore the cultural destination of the capital again through re-planning slum areas and converting them into tourist attractions, highlighting the history, civilization and heritage of the capital, and among the projects that will change From the shape of Cairo, the project to develop the perimeter of the wall of Sur Magra El-Oyoun in Old Cairo in El-Fustat region after transfering tanneries, and it is built on an area of ​​approximately 95 acres. Information about the housing project that is being implemented behind the wall of Sur Magra El-Oyoun in Old Cairo - Cairo: 70 residential buildings are being constructed of different heights and spaces. The units are approximately 1286 units, after adding10 residential buildings. The areas of ​​the residential unit reaches 150 meters with services and 125 meters without services. The area of ​​one building is 600 meters. Each floor has 4 units. All residential buildings have elevators. Buildings are constructed with gradual heights, the height of which decreases towards the wall of Sur Magra El-Oyoun The height of the buildings starts with the ground and 4 floors, then the ground and 5 floors, then the ground and 6 floors. ​​​​​​ Buildings for recreational, commercial and cultural activities are implemented on an area of ​​...

2020-12-14 13:54:14

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Minister of Housing start implementing of a "northern axis" parallel to the electric train route in Al-Shorouk city

Dr. Assem Al-Jazzar, Minister of Housing, Utilities and Urban Communities, announced the start of the implementation of the "Northern axis" in Al-Shorouk City parallel to the electric train route, which is the largest road project in the current stage in the city, For what will achieve the ease of traffic in the future Facilitates transportation from Ismailia Entrance No. (1) To Entrance No. (2), with a length of 4 km. Engineer Abdel Raouf Al Ghiti, Head of the El Shorouk City Development Authority, explained It will be implemented in 3 stages, which is to develop the old part from Entrance (1) to the train station, with a length of (800 m), and the second and third stages to the entrance of Ismailia (2), Linking to the bridge and the east axis Noting that the project includes implementation in two directions Each road has three traffic lanes, Includes traffic planning, guiding and warning signs, As well as public lighting, a sidewalk and a central island Engineer Abdel Raouf Al-Ghiti indicated that the supervisory staff and the executing company were emphasized for speedy implementation in the best way, Due to the benefit to El Shorouk City from this project.

2020-12-17 12:59:25

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The Minister of Transport is inspecting the route of Qena / Safaga / Abu Tartour railway line rehabilitation project and its extension to Hurghada

Lieutenant-General / Kamel El-Wazir, Minister of Transport, accompanied by Major General/ Amr Hanafi, Governor of the Red Sea, inspected a number of sectors of the Qena / Safaga / Abu Tartour railway line, as part of the Ministry of Transport’s plan to rehabilitate and raise the efficiency of the line and extend it to Hurghada.  The line had stopped Several years ago due to the low productivity of the mine and the lack of quantities of phosphate ore transported. The Minister of Transport confirmed during the tour that this line is 730 km long and its technical and economic feasibility studies have been completed, which confirmed the importance of its rehabilitation and re-operation to transport goods and passengers, indicating that this line will serve The Golden Triangle project, contributing to the transportation of phosphate ore, the development of the New Valley and supporting the tourism movement between Luxor and Hurghada. The project includes establishing a new line linking Safaga and Hurghada with a length of 50 km to operate passenger trains that serve tourist movement between Luxor and Hurghada and modifying the curves of the current line. He pointed out that the operational capacity for transporting goods is expected to start with 2.6 million tons annually, and it will be increased to 6 million tons annually. The minister also indicated that it is planned to modify the route of the line to be parallel to the Qena / Safaga road in order to reduce t...

2020-12-31 12:58:20

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Details of Cairo plan to prevent slums and control urbanization

Dr. Mustafa Madbouly, Prime Minister, held a meeting to follow up the work of the spatial variables system, in the presence of a number of ministers to discuss the establishment of a spatial data unit in every governorate to monitor spatial variables, and to complete coordination and linkage with the spatial data system in the Egyptian Military Survey Department of the Armed Forces, with the aim of controlling, governing and following up the formal and informal urbanization. Cairo Governorate is currently applying the system of spatial variables to control urbanization and prevent slums in the capital, as Cairo is the only governorate that applies this system. It is a project which aims to monitor the changes that occur spatially within the governorate and the extent of its legality, through monitoring various sites via satellites. Engineer El-Sayed El-Badriy, supervisor of the project to improve citizens' services in Cairo Governorate, confirmed that the "geographical website" of Cairo governorate works on many services provided to the heads of districts to control violations and encroachments . El-Badry added that this site serves the heads of Districts, through knowing whether the property is illegal or not, or if that land is owned by the state or not, and knowing the government places in the District. He pointed out that this site was launched in cooperation with the Ministry of Planning and Economic Development, adding that this...

2021-01-13 09:24:08

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Aton Holding acquires Pharos for portfolio formation and asset management

Eng. Mahmoud Lashin, Vice Chairman of "Aton Holding" for Financial Investments, revealed that it had acquired the "Pharos Asset Management" company as the company's first investment operation in the local market. «Aton Holding» is a financial investment company newly established in the local market four months ago, and subject to the rules and laws regulating the General Authority for Financial Supervision, and its board of directors is chaired by businessman Tamer Wageh, and a number of Egyptian investors, including Mahmoud Lasheen, Vice Chairman,  Mustafa Attia, Hazem El-Far, and Hashem Ghoneim. Lashin said that the acquisition of "Pharos Asset Management" took place only two weeks ago, explaining that the Pharos Fund Company, the owner of the Pharos Fund I designated for investing in shares in the local market, was also acquired. He refused to disclose the value of the deal due to the agreements signed with the seller. The transaction marks the first for Aton, which plans to raise Pharos Fund I's assets under management (AUM) to EGP 500 mn in one year before hitting EGP 2 bn in 2022. He added that Aton has already added over EGP 120 mn to the asset management firm's portfolio following the acquisition. He pointed out that one of the reasons for this increase was the participation of "Pharos" in managing the shares of Arab and foreign investors in the "Al-Safwa Specialized Hospital"...

2021-03-03 09:48:42

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Egypt will establish the first factory for the production of railways

Minister of Transport, Kamel El-Wazir, said that coordination is underway with companies specialized in the iron and steel industry to establish a factory for the production of railways in Egypt to settle this industry, provide hard currency and create new job opportunities. He added that the implementation of the first factory for the production of railways in Egypt has already started, and it is planned that the rails will be produced in this factory within 24 months. He pointed out that coordination is underway with the Russian-Hungarian Transmach Holding Company to establish a new main workshop for the repair, maintenance and development of vehicles, and a long-term maintenance contract with the company to maintain these vehicles continuously, in a manner that guarantees the transfer of expertise to the Egyptian side. The minister confirmed that, in light of the political leadership’s directives, this achievement comes through developing a set of flexible, comprehensive and advanced policies, foremost of which is providing the highest levels of safety and security on transport networks and expanding transportation means to link Egypt with its regional and international surroundings, indicating the aspiration to upgrade investment and technical cooperation with both Russia and Hungary.  The Russian-Hungarian 1300 carriage deal includes the supply of 800 air-conditioned cars (500 third-class air-conditioned vehicles, a new service that is offered...

2021-03-03 09:49:25

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young Architect competition honorable prize Planet X

LOCATION : Western Desert – Egypt Architect : Anas Mohmed Taha Code : O-1191 : Planet X is a project that aims to provide touristic farms in which the main activity of the tenant would be land cultivation and animal breeding, together with recreational, entertaining, and connecting-with-nature activities. However, the most important goal of such communities is the absolute isolation from infection risks which will be done in a healthy environment that has its inhabitants communicating in a distant safe way. Location: The proposal assumes an isolated desert area which is yet close to the existing infrastructure as well as the agriculture-friendly water sources. It has been hypothesized that the eastern plateau of the western Egyptian desert which has been chosen by Dr. Elbaz is the most suitable place to begin with. There is already a road connecting this place (Fayoum Link Road), together with some other lateral axes on which the Development Passage is dependent.                                       . Design: Separate hotel suites starting from the path to each suite. Each lodging has its own courtyard which is suitable for animal breeding, as well as overlooking a farm that is cultivated by the tenant for the sake of achieving sustainability. Irregular mo...

2021-09-13 10:29:05

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