- Patrick Kingsley in The Guardian: "A new New Cairo: Egypt plans £30bn purpose-built capital in desert." I had earlier noted that it would be interesting to hear David Sims' comment on the plan. Kingsley asked him:
David Sims, a Cairo-based urban planner, has spent years cataloguing the failures of Egypt’s satellite cities, culminating in last week’s well-timed publication of his latest book – Egypt’s Desert Dreams: Development or Disaster? Sims leans towards the latter.“It’s just a bunch of crazy figures,” he says. “The scale is huge, and there are questions like: how are you going to do the infrastructure? How are you going to get the water? How will they move all these ministries?"In other words, I think it’s just desperation. It will be interesting to see if anything comes of it, but I rather doubt it.”
- Amira Howeidy in Ahram Online: "Egypt's capital: Art Deco to desert skyscrapers."
- Mostafa Mohie in MadaMasr: [Interview with Yahia Shawkat]: "Egypt's New Capital: A city for investments or for alleviating overpopulation?" An Arabic version of the interview is also available.
- Sonia Farid at The Atlantic Council's EgyptSource:"Egypt's New Capital: The Promise and the Illusion."
- Yasser Elsheshtawy at the Dubaization blog: "Obsession (or, Why the new, new Cairo is not Dubai)".
- Middle East Eye: "Doubts raised over achievability of Egypt's 'new capital'" [Note: Middle East Eye has been characterized as sympathetic to the Muslim Brotherhood.]
- Sarah Carr at her blog Inanities: "Progress."
- Zeinobia at Egyptian Chronicles: "My Two Cents about Egypt's big Economic Conference."