Successful accomplishment for the UN-Habitat in collaboration with the Egyptian Ministry of Housing, Utilities and Urban Communities conceptualize the Ras El-Hekma Waterfront New City to achieve a qualitative transformation in the spatial planning of new resilient cities in Egypt. This shift goes beyond attracting investors, tourists and residents, and seeks to achieve a new level of sustainable environmental-based development principles, which will be a catalyst for the development in the North Coast region throughout the year.

The methodology summarizes the planning/development’s lessons learned of new cities in Egypt over the past three generations, and explains the principles being adopted for the fourth-generation cities in order to achieve national strategic objectives. The project shows critical determination for development benchmarks via localization of the SDGs key performance indicators as well as the implementation of the New Urban Agenda’s pledges to “leave no one behind”.

The project emphasizes the characteristics of the geographical location, environmental aspects and the characteristics of the population to provide an analytical methodology that enables the identification of the main features of urban development compatible with the requirements of the land, water and human resources of the site.

This is the second new city that the programme supported that GoE at (Al-Alamein that is currently under-construction) Bassem Fahmy, Programme Manager states, where the utilized brand-new strategy defines the big moves which would transform the city to a sought-after destination locally as well as globally. The vision includes the Social sustainability, Environmental sustainability, Sustainable urban planning and Economic sustainability where the new waterfront city attracts people, investors, and tourists owing to its natural environment, heritage, technology and agriculture activities.

The vision of the project is explained under six steps which would make Ras El-Hekma a successful unique destination. These include giving a strong identity to the place, transforming Egypt’s economy, setting new sustainability standards, building for a community and not only tourists, introducing futuristic mobility options and placing Ras El-Hekma on the global map.