New Administrative Capital is current official name for the new capital of Egypt, located 45 kilometres east of Cairo in Lower Egypt. The city will reportedly be named Wedian, the plural form of wadi which means dry riverbed.
Under construction since 2015, phase one of the new city is being built at breakneck speed. By 2050, the city is expected to house 6½ million people.
For the foreseeable future, the main international gateway is Cairo International Airport, located in eastern Cairo. A new dedicated airport was finished in 2020, however it is unclear when its inauguration flight will take place.
A high-speed rail link is under construction from central Cairo.
The new city is located along the regional ring road. From central Cairo the shortest route is to use highway 50 towards Suez and then turn onto the regional ring road. However, traffic in and out from Cairo can be nightmarish to navigate.
As of 2020, there is no public transport system in place. Driving or using taxis is the best option for getting around.
- 1 Al-Fattah Al-Aleem Mosque (مَسجِد الفَتّاح العَليم). Newly-built, one of the largest mosques in the world.
- 2 Egyptian Grand Mosque. The new, enormous, central mosque within the city. Expected to be completed during 2021.
- 3 Cathedral of the Nativity. The largest church in the Middle East, and the largest Oriental Orthodox church in the world.