Here’s why Egypt’s new billion-dollar capital is an urban planning nightmare

It will span 270 square miles.

In case you missed it, Egypt is planning a new city that will be the country’s new administrative hub and take the heat off of overcrowded Cairo. Cairo, the capital of Egypt and the largest city in the Arab world, is one of the most crowded cities on Earth, and with near-constant traffic, its infrastructure shows it.

Located 21 miles (35 kilometers) east of Cairo, the new “smart” capital will house more than 6.5 million residents. It will house the biggest airport and minaret in Egypt, the highest church steeple in Egypt, the tallest building in Africa, the biggest opera house in the Middle East, a $20 billion entertainment district, a sizable urban park, a new parliament, and the presidential palace. The new capital is expected to reach between $45 billion and $58 billion in price and span 270 square miles (or 700 square kilometers).

The project sounds impressive; however, it’s not without its critics. In this video, YouTuber Adam Something explains why Egypt’s new capital is an “Ozymandian nightmare”. If you want to learn more, make sure you watch the video embedded above, and as always, enjoy.

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