A few kilometers away from the Giza Pyramids, the Grand Egyptian Museum and the New Sphinx Airport, construction work is set to begin on Egypt’s first-of-its-kind Sun City, an integrated community expected to boost the country’s staggering tourism industry.
Sun City, which will combine modernity and originality, is a new comprehensive urban area spanning 557 feddans in 6th of October City, a satellite town and part of the urban metropolis of Cairo, 32 kilometers outside the city.
It will encompass hotels, high-end shopping malls, Africa’s first outlet mall, an international school, an international university, a central park, a world-class medical center, administrative buildings, residential units, villas, townhouses with varying floor plans and an entertainment park. According to data released by the Housing Ministry, investments in Sun City are estimated at $4 billion.
“The city will help attract many tourists more than ever before,” said Tarek Shoukri, Chairman and CEO of Arabia Group Developments, the project’s developer.
Shoukri added that the city, which provides all modern amenities and services would be a tourism hub attracting tourists from all over the world as it is located around the oldest archeological area in the world – the pyramids.
Shoukri, who is also Chairman of the Real Estate Development Chamber, affiliated to the Federation of Egyptian Industries (FEI), said that the design of the city was extracted from various architectural schools. The main hotel in the city will be named the Deir el-Bahari hotel (Coastal Monastry Hotel) and will have a pharaonic style, while the city’s main shopping mall will have the same design as the Karnak Temple. The city will also have an area similar in design to downtown Cairo.
“This project is as important as the New Administrative Capital because it would give a major push to the country’s flagging tourism sector,” Shoukri explained. According to the business tycoon, the project is expected to start in a few months’ time and will be completed by 2022.
A Residence Fairmont Pyramids hotel will also be located in the city overlooking the Giza Pyramids. The 570,000-square-meter hotel will contain 250 rooms and 200 hotel apartments with a special design that combines the pharaonic and modern styles.
On March 26, the Housing Ministry signed an agreement with the French multinational hotel group AccorHotels and Egypt’s real estate developer Arabia Group to manage the Residence Fairmont Pyramids hotel in the planned city.
In a news conference following the signing ceremony, Egypt’s Minister of Housing Mostafa Madbouli said that the Sun City project is one of the fruits of the Sharm el-Sheikh 2015 economic forum, where the government signed a host of agreements in the housing sector.
Madbouli added: “The project will create many job opportunities and will change the map of the entire area as the main roads will be developed, especially those linking 6th of October City, the New Administrative Capital and a number of new cities.”
Madbouli also said that with the opening of the Grand Egyptian Museum by the end of this year Egypt will be in dire need of the Sun City project, which will create an integrated community around the Giza Pyramids. The city, he said, will be further boosted with the anticipated opening of the New Sphinx Airport, which will serve business and tourism travelers.
An upgrade plan for the Giza Pyramids area started in 2008, but was halted in 2011 due to the revolution. In 2015, Egypt re-launched a three-phase plan to restore Giza and the rest of Egypt’s historically significant sites to their former grandeur. The plan includes upgrading entrances to the Giza Pyramids area and the roads leading to it as well as linking the area to the fourth metro line.
The plan also aims to improve amenities for tourists. It is also adding several hotels to the tourist site and will link all parts of the area with an eco-bus in order to facilitate movement for tourists, according to data published on the official website of the General Organization for Physical Planning.
Adel Nagi, a tourism expert, said that projects like the Sun City will be vital for the country’s tourism industry and will also attract more tourists to the Giza Pyramids. Nagi also excluded that the project would affect other tourist attractions in Cairo and Giza. “On the contrary, it will be a big boost to the tourism sector,” he told BECAUSE.