Construction has begun on the Green River park – one of the largest in the world – in the New Administrative Capital, Egypt.
The Green River project spans more than 10 kilometers, and has an area of more than 1,000 acres. There will be three sectors. The first will house a mosque, botanical garden, El Khan Traditional garden and a zoo. Zone 2 will have a boutique hotel, and spas and wellness centres. The third zone will include retail, food and entertainment offerings.
Prime Minister and Minister of Housing, Utilities and Urban Communities Mostafa Madbouli witnessed the start of the construction.
He said that the Green River will be the link between a series of smart urban neighbourhoods.
The park is expected to attract 2 million visitors annually, and Prime Minister Madbouli said the Egyptian government is committed the project and will implement it in 18 months.
He said: “the park respects the topographical nature of the place and is in harmony with the public ecosystem. It will provide entertainment areas with international standards easily accessible through an integrated network of pedestrian and bicycle paths.”
Tourism projects in Egypt
The Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM) is set to open in 2020.
The 490,000 sq m complex will house all 5,400 objects from the tomb of King Tutankhamun.
It is hoped that the museum will boost cultural tourism to the Giza Plateau after the industry was hit by political instability and terrorist attacks.
GEM anticipates around five million visitors a year, with international tourism providing “an important source of revenue to ensure the sustainability and maintenance of this huge museum”, he says.