Emaar MISR, based on international real estate firms, today announced an initial intention to enter into an EGP 5 billion ($819 million) joint venture agreement to develop ‘Cairo Gate El sheik Zayed ’, a large lifestyle and entertainment development, Construction week online reported.
The project will come upon an Emaar Misr property of 160 acres of prime land on the Cairo- Alexandria Desert Highway.
Cairo Gate will cater to discerning shoppers from Egypt and the world over. While a mega shopping mall will be the centerpiece of the development, it will be complemented by an office park with world-class facilities including a luxury hotel, schools, medical facilities, and residences ranging from townhouses to villas and apartments.
When finalized, the JV agreement will mark a new milestone in the real estate industry as the region’s two mega developers, who already have large developments in Egypt and contribute significantly towards the growing Egyptian economy, have come together to commit both expertise and investment to the local Egyptian market.
Commenting on the prospects of the Egyptian market, he added: “Emaar MISR boosted a continued development portfolio in the Egyptian market we also demonstrate our belief in Egypt, its economy and its people”.
The first phase of Cairo Gate development will comprise a mall with a gross leasable area of 120,000 sq m and will be anchored by Al-Futtaim’s retail brands such as IKEA, Marks & Spencer, Toys “R” Us, ACE, Intersport, Guess, Esprit as well as a multitude of additional world-class shopping brands apart from restaurants, cafés and leisure outlets with a strong outdoor theme.
Cairo Gate has a frontage of one kilometer along the Cairo-Alexandria Desert Road near the Smart Village commercial precinct and will complement the residential, hospitality, and commercial components of Emaar Misr’s development. The primary catchment areas including 6 October City and Giza have a population of over six million residents.
Emaar Misr is a major real estate developer in Egypt and is one of the most important direct foreign investors with an investment capital of EGP 31.67 billion.
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