Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Extending Cairo

Construction Week Online (Sarah Blackman)

Egypt is one of the few countries in the Middle East where history is the main attraction.

It is known for The Nile, Egyptian Scrolls and the Pyramid of Khufu – one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. And, while modern structures are rising from the desert sands throughout the GCC and regeneration takes place, old remnants can still be found in Egypt, which date back thousands of years.

The country’s capital city is no exception either. Dominated by Islamic architecture, Cairo has been aptly nicknamed The City of a Thousand Minarets. What’s more, it has provided a home for residents since the tenth century.

“Cairo is a city that has survived for centuries. Natural resources of survival as water and plantation are available in Cairo, which are not as accessible in the GCC,” Green Builders general manager Mohamed Nasreldin told Construction Week.

But when it comes to the latest construction projects will it be out with the old and in with the new? The current development of New Cairo City suggests that the answer is yes, but this is actually an extension of the capital, being built to meet the demand of residential projects due to the rising population.

And, according to general manager of Cairo Festival City Mohamed El Mikawi, demand for housing is extremely high.

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