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Egypt's Desert Dreams: Development or Disaster?

David Sims


Egypt has placed its hopes on developing its vast and empty deserts as the ultimate solution to the country’s problems. New cities, new farms, new industrial zones, new tourism resorts, and new development corridors all have been promoted for over half a century to create a modern Egypt, and to pull tens of millions of people away from the increasingly crowded Nile Valley into the desert hinterland. The results, in spite of colossal expenditures and ever-grander government pronouncements, have been meager at best, and today, Egypt’s desert is littered with stalled schemes, abandoned projects, ... More

Keywords: Desert development, Desert projects, Modern Egypt, Governmental schemes, Expenditures, New cities

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9789774166686
Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: January 2016 DOI:10.5743/cairo/9789774166686.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Sims, author