As Cairo and other urban areas on the Nile Delta grow, new satellite cities are being constructed in the desert.
Development of New Cairo City east of Cairo began in the early 1990s to help relieve congestion in the large city.
Farther east, about 35 km from the Nile, is a city being built from scratch. Designed to accommodate 6.5 million residents, this new administrative capital for Egypt will house government buildings, foreign embassies, and major companies. A monorail will link the new city to Cairo.
Construction of the all-new city began in 2015 and full completion is planned for 2050.