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Egypt's Desert DreamsDevelopment or Disaster?$
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David Sims

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9789774166686

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774166686.001.0001

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Building Cities and Settlements in the Desert

Building Cities and Settlements in the Desert

(p.117) 4 Building Cities and Settlements in the Desert
Egypt's Desert Dreams

David Sims

Timothy Mitchell

American University in Cairo Press

This chapter looks at the preoccupation of the Egyptian government with creating new towns and other settlements in the desert (twenty-two and counting), and the failure of these new settlements in attracting even a small fraction of their intended target populations. Issues addressed include real estate speculation and urban development in the desert.

Keywords:   New towns, Egyptian government, Settlements, Target populations, real estate speculation, urban development

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