Egypt’s capital is one of the fastest-growing
cities in Africa. But despite its population exploding from
just 2.5 million people in 1950, to over 20 million people today – development of the
city’s infrastructure has lagged behind its insatiable growth. As of September 2019, Cairo has just three
metro lines and is frequently cited as one of the world’s most congested cities. Overwhelmed by the deep-rooted challenges
affecting this vast urban area, the Egyptian government are now investing USD $58BN in
constructing the country’s entire capital again, from scratch. From the great pyramids at Giza, formed in
2500 BC, to the Suez Canal constructed in the 19th Century and the Aswan High Dam built
in the 1960s – Egypt is no stranger to megaprojects. In the wake of a 2010 study by The World Bank
– which found that economic losses caused by Cairo’s congestion amounted to more than
4% of Egypt’s GDP – and following a period of political instability that affected the
progression of infrastructure projects, the country’s government took the decision to
construct an entirely new capital in 2015. Located 45 kilometres east of the original
Cairo, the as-yet-unnamed city has been under construction ever since. Set to extend over 700 square kilometres,
the new city – master planned American architecture firm Skidmore Ownings and Merrill (SOM) – will
be home to around 6.5 million inhabitants when it fully completes in 2050. Simulating major cities that have evolved
over thousands of years, Egypt’s new capital will in fact be made-up from 100 different
residential neighbourhoods – each with its own public square, local shops, schools and
religious buildings. In all, the city will boast over 1200 mosques
and churches, 553 hospitals and clinics, 40,000 hotel rooms and a vast theme park set to be
four times the size of Disneyland in California. While a high-speed rail link with Cairo is
currently under construction and set to complete in late 2020, a fleet of electric buses connect
the two settlements in the meantime. The new city has been designed with the climate
in mind. Its landscaping incorporates native plant species and follows the natural contours
of the land, while its buildings maximise natural ventilation as far as possible. A 90 square kilometre solar farm will provide
a portion of the electricity demand. A large central park – twice the length
of New York’s – will form the city’s “green spine”. The project’s first phase – extending
over 168 square kilometres – is set to include a business district with an 85-storey tower
that will become Africa’s tallest building, 20 further skyscrapers, a government quarter
housing the country’s 34 ministries and the country’s largest mosque and church. Despite its scale and ambition, the project
to construct Egypt’s new capital has not been running entirely to plan. While the first phase is now largely under
construction, it remains unclear whether the innovative design intentions outlined in the
masterplan will be fully realised. Furthermore, the second and third phases of
the project have been delayed following Chinese investor Fortune Land Development pulling
out of phase two, that is worth around USD $20BN. Beyond funding issues, critics of the project
believe it is aimed solely at Egypt’s wealthy citizens. In total, the city will feature
roughly 100,000 affordable housing units spread across eight districts. Another concern is that much needed financial
resources are being diverted from addressing Cairo’s congestion challenges, despite the
original city continuing to expand. Given these factors, it is likely that Egypt’s
new capital will prove controversial for years, if not decades to come. However, with works to the first phase progressing
at a rapid pace, it is hoped that the city will become a true business and cultural centre
as its people begin to shape its course. If you enjoyed this video and would like to
get more from the definitive video channel for construction, subscribe to The B1M.

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  • October 3, 2019 at 5:23 am
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    What should the new city be called?

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  • October 3, 2019 at 11:20 pm
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    Thank you from egypt

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  • October 3, 2019 at 11:35 pm
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    🇪🇬😍

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  • October 4, 2019 at 12:05 am
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    one must ask if that $58BN dollars might better be spent on Cairo itself…

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  • October 4, 2019 at 2:08 am
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    People love happy endings, because they represent fresh starts. Exactly what this new city Will represent, to all Egyptians.

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  • October 4, 2019 at 2:19 am
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    Sounds pretty hellish.

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  • October 4, 2019 at 2:24 am
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    I bet nobody will ever mention this plan in 10 years time.

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  • October 4, 2019 at 2:31 am
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    epic.

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  • October 4, 2019 at 2:36 am
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    That city will never happen way too many poor people who can never afford to live there

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  • October 4, 2019 at 2:42 am
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    Love Egypt from Brazil ❤

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  • October 4, 2019 at 3:40 am
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    sand towers city

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  • October 4, 2019 at 3:45 am
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    Lol people are building all this new city but!! Tourism is built on history n there is no history in new city so turismo is dead in city like this is good in few years but after the 3 year no one wants to visit a city with no history

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  • October 4, 2019 at 3:56 am
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    I think it's got to happen, the same as New Jakarta. When the infrastructure costs just go ballistic and there's no more land in the existing location – you gotta move dude. Forty-five Km from Cairo with a high-speed rail link means a lot of people can commute to the new city (which I think should be called Thebes) in half an hour. In a chaotic megalopolis commuting well over an hour just inside the city is normal.

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  • October 4, 2019 at 4:11 am
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    So Egypt will change capital like my country indonesia in 5 years again move to East Borneo

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  • October 4, 2019 at 4:15 am
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    Of course it looks fancy and cool. But I'm not so sure if a poor economy with a GDP of only 300 billion is able to afford this. Egypt has so many other problems to solve, which obviously consume a ton of money, that this project is likely to be funded almost entirely with debt.

    Furthermore, I am not really convinced how this would help and improve Egypt or Cairo as a whole, but rather I see this as a boasting project, meant to show the world how great Egypt is without actually improving anything. In a nutshell, it's a flop.

    This isn't however the first time this has happened. Just look at dozens of Chinese ghost towns, Malaysia's $100bn megaproject to build a new city, or Dubai. Yes, many of Dubai's skyscrapers are actually empty. So this is a clear phenomenon, that is occurring in many places in the world.

    There has been talking about why Western countries aren't building these kinds of huge megaprojects. Some people have suggested that the reason is because the West is in a downfall. The real reason however is the fact that these projects do not make any sense financially, and they will eventually backfire and hurt your economy.

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  • October 4, 2019 at 4:38 am
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    Muhaha it will take them 6 generations to pay back the debt

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  • October 4, 2019 at 4:44 am
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    Dubai wannabes

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  • October 4, 2019 at 5:44 am
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    Angola has no metro lines

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  • October 4, 2019 at 6:07 am
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    Lmao why not just improve upon what they have

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  • October 4, 2019 at 6:14 am
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    And exactly where are they getting the money from? Egypt economy is not the greatest right now

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  • October 4, 2019 at 6:26 am
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    Then in 200 years this will be outdated and destroyed

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  • October 4, 2019 at 6:34 am
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    Imagine what $58bn in capital infrastructure spend could achieve in Cairo 🤔

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  • October 4, 2019 at 7:49 am
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    This sounds like that movie In Time with Justin Timberlake, where there are different cities in borders. Also in the movie, in order to go to nicer cities you have to have a certain amount of money to progress into each city.

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  • October 4, 2019 at 11:18 am
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    Egypt has tried several times and failed before with simple residential projects. The problem is they keep forgetting to build the basic infrastructure needed along with development to attract and entice people to relocate.

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  • October 4, 2019 at 11:56 am
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    BC should not be a reference point in all fairness

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  • October 4, 2019 at 12:00 pm
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    Egypt with it's population growth set to reach 150 million people by 2045 (UN numbers), faces a housing and social crisis, i read many comments from people condemning this project as a money – pit or housing for the rich only. I think this new city is unavoidable if we want to be realistic, it has it's merits but also huge benefits: it employs thousands of people, it's a boost on your economy's GDP, it has the benefit of planning for the future, easing congestion on Cairo and other big cities like Alexandria and Giza. Also the population pyramid (pun intended), is perfect with median age in Egypt set to 24.3 years.
    https://www.worldometers.info/world-population/egypt-population/
    https://www.voanews.com/gallery/egypts-housing-crisis-intensifies-dangers-mount-0

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  • October 4, 2019 at 12:41 pm
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    They should really use the oportunity to make it as environmental friendly and energy efficient as possible. "A portion of it's energy needs" isn't enough.

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  • October 4, 2019 at 1:05 pm
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    Why not feature in your next video the Philippines' mega projects called "New Clark City" and "City of Pearl"?

    Any Filipino here?

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  • October 4, 2019 at 1:11 pm
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    Fantasy

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  • October 4, 2019 at 1:38 pm
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    Nothing good ever came out of Egypt … see the Alexandrian manuscripts for an obvious example …

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  • October 4, 2019 at 1:53 pm
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    Smh at least people live in dubai communities after their built

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  • October 4, 2019 at 2:06 pm
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    Will they build a giant city in the middle of the desert?

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  • October 4, 2019 at 2:09 pm
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    في الحلم

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  • October 4, 2019 at 2:55 pm
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    Sisi wants to build a safe place for himself and his upper class friends to hide from the Egyptian people… It's not gonna work, the average Egyptian is getting poorer and poorer and they have no solution to stop the fast growth of population. Egypt is a disaster in the making.

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  • October 4, 2019 at 3:15 pm
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    They have no money

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  • October 4, 2019 at 4:09 pm
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    $58BN seems pretty optimistic compared to much smaller projects like Hudson Yards or Crossrail.

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  • October 4, 2019 at 4:24 pm
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    Yeah no I will pass, First let me predict it will be a pile of concrete and steel with no soul less traffic and population than Cairo. It will be more expensive than Cairo not a lot of people will leave in the main city they will rather live in shanties or smaller spots around the city which will be cheaper than what you'd pay for in the over priced New capital. P.s desert dwelling sucks, the heat and government too, and strict reli…

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  • October 4, 2019 at 6:08 pm
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    Bet it's not as big as Disney Orlando Florida lol that's prolly tenth the size of all of egypt.

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  • October 4, 2019 at 7:17 pm
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    Haha, the typo on "Terminal" at 2:26 . Not the most polished of jobs that.

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  • October 4, 2019 at 7:56 pm
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    Can we build a new pyramid in Egypt

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  • October 4, 2019 at 11:55 pm
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    Just cover it over with sand. Egypt has become hell.

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  • October 5, 2019 at 12:34 am
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    Can u do some shit on Heathrow masterplan

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  • October 5, 2019 at 12:39 am
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    Jeff Bezos: I’ll spend $58 billion to build Egypt a new capital. After all, I’ll still have $55 billion left.

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  • October 5, 2019 at 1:12 am
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    2:29 The Capital Termianl – I hope they fired that intern

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  • October 5, 2019 at 1:24 am
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    I’m from the year 2050, none of this happened.

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  • October 5, 2019 at 3:00 am
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    Hahah will never happen.

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  • October 5, 2019 at 3:02 am
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    They are building a new suburb!?!

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  • October 5, 2019 at 3:11 am
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    It’s going to be made nice but then people wil be ruined by like homeless and trash and pollution

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  • October 5, 2019 at 3:50 am
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    Make video on dholera

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  • October 5, 2019 at 4:39 am
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    why are they investing so much money in a megacity that can be bombed at any moment?

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  • October 5, 2019 at 5:32 am
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    You are one of the best content creators on YouTube.

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  • October 5, 2019 at 7:48 am
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    Egypts New Capital: I will have the tallest building in Africa!
    Sandton: Oh ok you wanna go….

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  • October 5, 2019 at 8:26 am
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    Am proud of this Asian country.. Big up egypt

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  • October 5, 2019 at 8:47 am
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    Please make video on Mumbai (india)

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  • October 5, 2019 at 8:50 am
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    Hunger games..

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  • October 5, 2019 at 9:27 am
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    Please do a video about Konza city in Kenya… it's supposedly modelled after some Huawei campus in Shenzen.

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  • October 5, 2019 at 9:48 am
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    Maybe they Egyptian government should concentrate on social reform first! You know things like stop suppressing woman and arresting gay people 🤷🏼‍♂️. Just a thought

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  • October 5, 2019 at 10:50 am
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    Egypt become so deep state the government doesn't tell us what we're heading for.. ofc great project that i hope to be succeed in my country but why the idea didn't come to Mubarak's mind and how did we suddenly become a rich country? Egypt is currently building seven fourth-generation cities with imaginary sums and huge! who finances all this or did they really stop stealing taxes and finally pumping it to the country?!

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  • October 5, 2019 at 11:06 am
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    And within 10 years of completion, it will be dusty, littered, and dysfunctional, like Cairo.

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  • October 5, 2019 at 11:24 am
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    Hmm, it looks dreadful and soulless, which real Cairo is not. Claims that traffic congestion is a pretext for a new twin to Dubai are bit infantile…

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  • October 5, 2019 at 12:25 pm
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    I'm already imagining D.R. Congo proposing similar development for Kinshasa in the years to come.

    Egypt's new capital which is just 45km east of the current city will end up sprawling into the older city based on several other new districts that are either complete or under construction in between them.

    Plus lots of new corporations will require entry and mid-level career professionals that cannot afford the "new" city centre housing to seek proximate alternatives

    The result will be Africa's most extensive metropolitan area by landmass and population with the combined population of the old and new easily crossing 30m inhabitants in a relatively short time. This is based on the current city being estimated at 20m plus and the new city intended for 6.5m plus the settlements in between the duo.

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  • October 5, 2019 at 12:28 pm
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    Fake projects, period

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  • October 5, 2019 at 2:01 pm
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    Do Vista tower chicago

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  • October 5, 2019 at 4:20 pm
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    The 100,000 is for the low wage workers to work in the city.

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  • October 5, 2019 at 4:40 pm
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    Egyptian people are suffering and the military dictator builds his new capital city

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  • October 5, 2019 at 4:53 pm
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    Egypt is led by dictatorial military government.

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  • October 5, 2019 at 5:11 pm
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    I guess I'll visit Egypt in 2050.

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  • October 5, 2019 at 5:34 pm
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    Gentrification.

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  • October 5, 2019 at 5:52 pm
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    2050 ? The world is probably gonna be over by then

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  • October 5, 2019 at 7:32 pm
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    2:25 – Surely that's got to be a typo… 🤔

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  • October 5, 2019 at 8:20 pm
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    This video was ridiculously positive about the gamble with $58 Billion, of ordinary Egyptians taxes. Egypt basically has little no foreign reserve currency left, 30% of the population now lives in abject poverty, sold islands to Saudi to stay afloat and they’re wasting $58 Billion on a vanity city for the the wealthy and crucially to insulate the dictatorship of Sisi from revolution.

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  • October 5, 2019 at 9:19 pm
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    $58 billion could completely transform old Cairo. Insanity. If you ever go there, you would see THOUSANDS of abandoned building complexes because I presume the developers ran out of money. The whole place is ripe for reconstruction.

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  • October 5, 2019 at 9:40 pm
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    Exciting!

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  • October 6, 2019 at 12:00 am
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    This happens all the time. Instead of fixing, build more. This project just sounds like a massive scam.

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  • October 6, 2019 at 12:19 am
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    how do you create a new city of 6 million people with only $58 billion???
    The upcoming high speed rail between London to Manchester in UK is expected to cost more than this alone yet they are creating a whole city for less??

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  • October 6, 2019 at 12:37 am
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    Unlike the Saudis / Emirates, do the Egyptians build their own cities?

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  • October 6, 2019 at 12:51 am
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    Long live Egypt 🇪🇬

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  • October 6, 2019 at 12:52 am
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    Pretty cool but where do I store my Fifthwheeler? and my Side X Side>?

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  • October 6, 2019 at 1:53 am
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    When the shepards of black camels start boasting and competing with others in the construction of taller buildings…
    This thing foretold
    Appears to unfold

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  • October 6, 2019 at 4:02 am
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    People like to have sex too much

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  • October 6, 2019 at 6:19 am
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    Can you make a video about King Abdullah financial district in ryiadh saudi arabia ?

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  • October 6, 2019 at 7:07 am
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    this typical of white elephant

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  • October 6, 2019 at 7:46 am
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    Can you make a video about the New Clark City

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  • October 6, 2019 at 8:59 am
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    Not well architecture. Better is Dubai.

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  • October 6, 2019 at 9:19 am
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    Although I like the idea of providing buildings for more population (even if it will be only for the very rich ones so it doesn’t really create any usable living space for the vast majority) I don’t like how impersonal these big glass skyscrapers look. They don’t resemble anything from their city’s history and culture. Cairo 2.0. will look like any other 3rd word megacity that emerged in the last 20 years 🙁

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  • October 6, 2019 at 9:19 am
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    You'll invaders wait too long everybody agitating Iran we're in the end times WWIII coming.

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  • October 6, 2019 at 10:11 am
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    What people fail to understand is creating a new city from scratch is easier then renovating the new city .

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  • October 6, 2019 at 10:35 am
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    wiki: egypt population in 2019 105 million. population growth rate +3.47%/a. egypt population in 2030 128 million. 128-105=23 million added. they need to build a new 10 million ppl city every decade with their growth rate. maybe consider birth control … or not.

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  • October 6, 2019 at 10:42 am
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    Please check out a wonderful project called Elliniko in Greece! It would be an amazing video!!

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  • October 6, 2019 at 11:04 am
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    $58B would not be enough for such a massive project.

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  • October 6, 2019 at 11:36 am
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    “The Great Pyramids formed in 2500 BC…” 😂😂😂

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  • October 6, 2019 at 11:38 am
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    yay can't wait to visit the new capital and be constantly hassled by people scamming tourists just like in the rest of Egypt

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  • October 6, 2019 at 11:41 am
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    "American designed" This is why the West is the Best.

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  • October 6, 2019 at 11:50 am
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    Pyramids formed?? What are you talking about

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  • October 6, 2019 at 12:13 pm
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    Sounds too ambitious, but we'll see.
    We've seen how Dubai have been progressing over the years, lets see if Egypt can represent that vision for Africa too.

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  • October 6, 2019 at 12:42 pm
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    "design by american"

    no wonder there no local public transport in plan

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  • October 6, 2019 at 12:44 pm
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    New capital will be bird murderer.

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  • October 6, 2019 at 1:01 pm
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    What an absolute waste of money, Cairo in its current form is historically rich in history. The government should instead use that colossal amount of money to upgrade current infrastructure in the city as well as other major cities across Egypt.

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  • October 6, 2019 at 2:04 pm
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    I thought Egypt was from Middle East

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  • October 6, 2019 at 4:24 pm
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    If there are just three metro lines, why don’t the government spend all of that money building a world class-transport system in Cairo. And improving infrastructure. To me it just looks like creating another problem because this could just end up to be another Cairo in the future. Be wise with the money.

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