Suez Governorate, Egypt
The new City of Galala is 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 in addition to generating investment opportunities. City of Galala is located on 17000 acres on top of the highest mount plateau in the area across the Gulf of Suez. The new city centers on a balanced approach towards development and preservation of the surrounding pristine environment.
The master plan and detailed master planning focus on developing a sustainable, dynamic, mixed use area based on a framework of land use, public land transportation, new road systems, and public spaces that integrate 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 priced units, commercial, touristic villages, cultural, medical, educational, and religious. All these entities are directly connected to the project’s public arena where you find the convention center and the city’s major mosque, positioned at the project’s highest point. Sites International is responsible for the entire internal infrastructure. It includes sewage and irrigation treatment plants, location identification for the enormous water tanks, and solar lighting preparations for use in public spaces.
Most breathtaking is the design for the 6 kilometer walkway by the edge of the plateau, with a steep drop of 200 meters. The promenade includes vantage points of the Gulf of Suez and surrounding plateaus, a bike track, a collection of café’s, restaurants, pedestrian paths, and shaded seating areas in addition to offering captivating vistas for the surrounding residential and tourist villages. A cable cart is planned for a quick access between the city and shore line communities. Riders will enjoy the scenic ride up and down the steep elevation within a serene atmosphere.
The city’s architectural design character is consistent with the distinctive coastal mountain nature. The building materials will be from the Red Sea area quarries and landscape planting will be true to sustainable environment. Indigenous and semi indigenous palettes of plants, trees, and ground cover will be used. Treated water and efficient water conservation irrigation system ensures the protection of the surrounding environment with the minimal of changes.