Egypt to Award Red Sea-to-Mediterranean Rail Tender in H2 2018

Egypt plans to award a tender for a high-speed railway between the Red Sea and the Mediterranean in the second half of 2018, transport minister Hesham Arafat said Monday.

The project will connect the eastern resort of Ain Al Sokhna near Cairo to Al Alamein, a town west of Alexandria that was scene of a battle in World War Two.

“We are working currently on the technical evaluation and the financial evaluation of this project,” Arafat told Reuters at a conference in Dubai, adding that the contract was expected to be awarded by July, with construction set to start this year.

More than 10 international companies are currently involved in the tender process, he said, without giving any names.

The nearest seaside to Cairo, Ain Sukhna, around an hour and a half away is a string of holiday resorts and private villas, and a smattering of cafes and shops stretching about 60km along the Gulf of Suez, that first developed as a place where rich Egyptians built their holiday homes.

Egypt is also working with China to build a light railway to link Cairo to a new capital that is under construction, after signing a memorandum of understanding late last year.

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