Strategic Development of Greater Cairo – English Version
Greater Cairo is considered as one of the biggest and most influential urban area in the Middle East and the African continent. It has rich history of cultural and commercial exchange with other countries of the region and the entire world, which makes it a historical link connecting the East and the West. The city, with approximately 19.5% of the country’s population living within its boundary.
The economic output represents 31% of the Egyptian GNP. It is also home to many headquarters of government ministries, institutions, state-owned companies, the media and international and regional organizations. This report presents the proposed vision and specifies the GC development policies and projects required to facilitate the preparation of the GC urban development strategy.
The main objectives of the vision and the Development Strategy are to respond to the population’s demands; therefore, the needs of the GC residents have been studied in order to determine the main pillars and directions of the proposed vision and strategy. The study area covers the urban mass of the Cairo Governorate and some areas of Giza and Qalyubia Governorates, in addition to other areas of new urban communities.
The study reflects unique metropolitan planning methodology; it demonstrates that the quality of life means quality of urban space and good economic, social and environmental conditions. It also denotes that quality of health, educational and cultural services for all groups of the society as well as the quality of transportation and the availability of public spaces and green areas are essential to improve the quality of life in cities.