The Pharaoh's Dream Sisi Wants a New Capital City for Egypt

Cairo is an unruly urban sprawl that has spun out of control. Now, officials want to build a new capital in the desert -- a potent symbol of President Sisi's regime. But will it ever happen?
A model of the planned new capital for Egypt, as presented at an investment conference in March in Sharm el-Sheikh.

A model of the planned new capital for Egypt, as presented at an investment conference in March in Sharm el-Sheikh.

Foto: AMR ABDALLAH DALSH/ REUTERS
A billboard advertises properties available in New Cairo, one of numerous new communities that have popped up in Cairo's periphery as urban sprawl continues.

A billboard advertises properties available in New Cairo, one of numerous new communities that have popped up in Cairo's periphery as urban sprawl continues.

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The new Egyptian capital city, shown as a model here, would also be home an airport bigger than London's Heathrow.

The new Egyptian capital city, shown as a model here, would also be home an airport bigger than London's Heathrow.

Foto: AMR ABDALLAH DALSH/ REUTERS
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