Al Noor City (City of Light), Djibouti, Africa
Year2007latitude: 12° 27'
longitude: 43° 18'
Initiator(s)Al Noor Holding Investment
Planning organization
Nationality initiator(s)United Arab Emirates
Designer(s) / Architect(s)
Design organization
Target population2,500,000
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Al Noor City is a project for a world class mega city in Djibouti, also known as "the city of light". Its twin homonymous city was announced in 2007, as a joint project between Djibouti and Yemen. Both cities are intended as "smart eco cities" to be located on each side of the Gulf Aden. According to the promoters idea, they will be linked by the largest suspension bridge on earth, but at the moment there is no trace of infrastructure in the planned locations. The main reason behind the construction of Al Noor twin cities is attracting international investments and improving economic and commercial activities between Africa and Asia. The rising projects for similar mega cities are a phenomena involving a large number of African countries: Nigeria, Kenya, DRC, Ghana, Senegal are just a few examples. These ambitious plans aim to change the perception of cities on the continent, provide job opportunities and generate cultural and commercial development. Anyway concerns on mega cities regard the impossibility of those kind of project to reach all groups of population. Actually the creation of elite communities for middle and high classes, while promoting the image of a city free of poverty, risk to leave the real urban challenges unsolved.


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