Egypt government to begin move to new administrative capital in December

Egypt's New Administrative Capital, east of Cairo
Construction machines are seen at the site of the New Administrative Capital (NAC) east of Cairo, Egypt March 8, 2021. Picture taken March 8, 2021. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany/File Photo

CAIRO, Nov 3 (Reuters) - The Egyptian government will start the process in December of moving offices to a new administrative capital located east of Cairo, a spokesman for the presidency said on Wednesday in a statement.

President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi "directed the government to start the actual transfer to the government district in the New Administrative Capital starting in December for a trial period of 6 months," he said.

The new capital is designed as a high-tech "smart city" to accommodate 6.5 million residents and ease congestion in Cairo. The city will include a government district, a business district, vast parks and a diplomatic district.

Reporting by Mohamed Hendawy Writing by Yomna Ehab Editing by Peter Graff

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