Egypt Builds A New Capital City

Egypt is building a new capital about 30 miles away from overpopulated Cairo.

NOEL KING, HOST: Cairo, the capital city of Egypt, is an ancient place. But it has some very modern problems, like traffic and pollution, and its population could double in the next 40 years. So Egypt has decided to build a new capital city nearby. NPR's Jane Arraf got a look at the city that's emerging.

JANE ARRAF, BYLINE: I'm in central Cairo. It's noisy and it's crowded, and the traffic is terrible. It can take two hours to get across the city in rush hour. Its Egyptian nickname is mother of the world. You either love or hate it. The city is more than 1,000 years old, and it's showing its age. So three years ago, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi ordered a whole new capital to be built. It doesn't have a name yet, but after two years of construction, the city is actually taking shape, rising out of the desert 30 miles from Cairo.

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