Sheikh Zayed City, Egypt, Africa
 
 
Year1995latitude: 30° 2'
longitude: 30° 58'
Period
Initiator(s)Government of Egypt
Planning organizationACE consulting engineers
Nationality initiator(s)Egyptian
Designer(s) / Architect(s)
Design organizationECG Engineering consultancy Group SA
Inhabitants233,000
Target population675,000
Town website
Town related linkshttp://www.newcities.gov.eg/english/New_Communities/Zayed/default.aspx
Literature

type of New Town: > scale of autonomy
New-Town-in-Town
Satellite
New Town
Company Town
> client
Private Corporation
Public Corporation
> policy
Capital
Decentralization
Industrialization
Resettlement
Economic
 


source: http://egyptopia.com/




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source: http://egyptopia.com/


Sheikh Zayed City was established by presidential decree no. 325 in 1995. It is located near the Pyramids, 38 kilometres far from Cairo downtown. The total area of the city is 10,4 thousand acres with 20 residential districts. Seven central axes lead into the Central Business District (CBD) and represent the seven Emirates.

Although it began with clear intentions to provide low-cost housing to Cairenes living in cramped and overcrowded conditions, Sheikh Zayed New City evolved during development to have many more expensive gated communities than planned. The total number of housing units is 72,942, of which 15,000 implemented by New Urban Communities Authority and 58,000 implemented by the private sector. This was an effect of NUCA’s new policy to sell large tracts of land to private developers, who in turn developed the cost-effective housing while NUCA continues to provide main infrastructures. The gated communities in Sheikh Zayed now offer a range of luxe dwellings and private leisure facilities with greenery, parks, gardens, and other unique open spaces.
Outside the gates, the city offers very few amenities to lower-income groups. Most of the commercial and recreational spaces target higher-income groups and are situated in private ‘plazas’ or outdoor malls. The city is so vast and of such low density that a car is required to travel around town. Residents of social housing areas rely on limited public transport in the form of microbuses and shared taxis. The New Town remains closely tied to Cairo, with most working residents commuting daily to downtown Cairo.

source: http://www.newcities.gov.eg/
https://www.upc.gov.ae/en/media-center/press-releases/upc-reveals-progress-on-zayed-city-master-plan-at-cityscape-abu-dhabi
http://www.dareen-house.com/Zayed_City_Info

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