Why the Egyptian government is leaving Cairo

Why the Egyptian government is leaving Cairo


Egypt is rushing to prepare a grandiose new capital in the desert east of Cairo before the first officials move out this summer and before the delayed official opening of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s flagship project.

In the heart of the city, workers are putting the finishing touches on an avenue of ministries that echoes the architecture of pharaonic temples and adjoins an elevated Islamic complex, two domed parliamentary buildings and a vast presidential complex.

There will be a monorail that will run through a business district where a 1,200 foot central tower is about to be completed. Beyond, the outlines of a park extending to a giant mosque emerge.