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$183B Seaside Mega City in Egypt Set to Rival Mediterranean Hotspots

New Alamein city on the north coast of Egypt.
New Alamein mega city on the north coast of Egypt. Credit: Johan5885. CC BY 1.0/Wikimedia Commons/Johan5885

A $183 billion seaside mega city, New Alamein, in Egypt, is touted to become the crown jewel of the Mediterranean, luring tourists away from traditional European holiday destinations such as Greece, Italy and Spain.

Nestled along the sparkling north coast, New Alamein City of Egypt is a bustling metropolis poised to take on Greece, Italy and Spain for tourist numbers in the Mediterranean. It has white sandy beaches, shares in the Mediterranean climate and presents a vision of modernity – offering a salad of cultural richness and luxury.

New Alamein City has been designed to the highest standards expected of a fourth-generation city, and aims to revolutionize the north coast’s tourism scene. Unlike the private resorts that can be found along the shoreline, this new metropolis is an open-to-the-public city experience, which gives travelers from around the world an opportunity to bathe in its splendour.

In addition to its allure as a tourist hotspot, New Alamein City works to alleviate some of Cairo’s congestion issues, offering an alternative living space for millions.

Sprawling across 50,000 acres and stretched for 60 kilometers along the coast, the mega city is set to accommodate more than three million people upon completion, taking the strain off Egypt’s capital.

New Alamein is not just a new Tourist Destination for Egypt

The main focus of this grand new city however is to house a number of global projects, ranging from business and trade centers to luxurious residential towers and fancy resorts. The first phase is already underway, spanning 8,000 acres and housing 400,000 residents, and a precedent has been set for future urban development in the region.

New Alamein City has been placed strategically, stretching 48 kilometers along the International Alexandria-Matrouh Road in the Marsa Matrouh Governate’s borders.
The city has split its offering into three distinct sectors, international tourism, historical or archaeological, and urban or residential, providing a diverse range of experiences for guests and homeowners alike.

Somewhat comparable to Greece, Italy and Spain, New Alamein City stands out for its mesmerising Mediterranean vistas, sun-drenched beaches and Neptune-blue water – not unlike the Amalfi Coast in Italy. Further, the historical or archaeological sector of New Alamein City gives tourists the opportunity to peer into Egypt’s legendary past, similar to the historical richness found in Italy’s Rome or Greece’s Athens.

Tower block at New Alamein city.
Tower block at New Alamein city. Credit: Abdelrhman 1990. CC BY 4.0/Wikimedia Commons/Abdelrhman 1990

The Egyptian government intends for New Alamein City to draw large numbers of tourists to the Mediterranean beaches of the north coast, and it asserts that roughly 30 developers have been granted permits to move forward with the construction of hotels for 30,000 rooms.

Many of the units are in high-rise buildings along the beach, with towers already under construction, including the North Edge Towers and The Gate projects. Other centers of activity in New Alamein City will include three universities and a “city of culture and arts” to encompass a Roman Theater, studio complexes, an opera hall and a cinema complex.

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