Is Egypt's new capital just a 'massive city for the rich'?

Life is 'trickling' into the city but critics remain unconvinced

A Chinese worker in the new city
The city already boasts the tallest tower in Africa and the biggest cathedral in the Middle East
(Image credit: Khaled Desouki / AFP via Getty Images)

A controversial new Egyptian capital city is being built 30 miles east of Cairo at the expense of $45bn.

"Sprawled" across a patch of desert four times the size of Washington, DC, the "showy new capital" is "imperial in scale and style", embodying the "grandiose ambitions" of President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, said the New York Times.

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