Suez Governorate, Egypt
The new City of Galala will be located on the highest mount plateau in the Red Sea area between Ain Sokhna and Zafarana. The plateau sits over 650 meters above sea level at its highest elevation.
The new city is one of the government’s national efforts to develop the vast and empty eastern desert to solve Cairo’s population congestion and create work and living opportunities for the youth as well as generating investment opportunities. City of Galala, located on 17000 acres on top of the highest mount plateau in the area across the Gulf of Suez, centers on a balanced approach towards development and preservation of the surrounding pristine environment. The master plan, including detailed master planning, focus on developing a sustainable, dynamic, mixed use area based on a framework of land use, public land transportation and road systems recently constructed by the governorate, and public spaces that integrates the existing ecological conditions.
The first phase released, out of three, covers an area of 2050 acres consisting of various activities. It includes residential areas with the most desired moderately price units, commercial, touristic villages, cultural, medical, educational, and religious. All these entities are directly connected to the project’s public arena where the development’s major mosque, positioned at the project’s highest point, and convention center are located. Site International is responsible for the entire internal infrastructure including sewage and irrigation treatment plants, identifying locations for massive size water tanks, and preparations for the use of solar lighting in public spaces. Most breathtaking will be the design for the 6 kilometer walkway by the edge of the plateau, with a steep drop of 200 meters. The promenade will host visitors’ vantage points of the Gulf, a bike track, a collection of café’s, restaurants, pedestrian paths, and shaded seating areas in addition to creating captivating vistas for the surrounding residential and tourist villages. A cable cart is planned to take advantage of the steep elevation and panoramic views and to create a quick access between the city and shore line communities. All will be set in an atmosphere of sand, sun and fun.
Architectural design will follow the character consistent with the distinctive coastal mountain nature, building materials will be from the Red Sea area quarries, and landscape planting will be true to the sustainable environment by using indigenous and semi indigenous palettes of plants, trees, and ground cover using treated waters and an efficient water conservation irrigation system to ensure the protection of the surrounding environment with the minimal of changes.