Workers are tiling a courtyard in front of the new Misr Mosque in Egypt's New Administrative Capital. The Misr Mosque will be one of the largest mosques in the world able to accomodate more than 100,000 worshippers.
Following persistent problems of overpopulation, pollution and traffic congestion, the construction of a giant new satellite city in the desert east of Cairo started in 2015. The New Administrative Capital (NAC) is part of President al-Sisi's Egypt Vision 2030, a long-term plan to develop Egypt. The future population of the NAC is estimated at six million. Critics predict a growing socio-economic gap between the New Capital and old Cairo, left to its own devices. Instead of solving existing problems, Egypt Vision 2030 seems to be a prestigious political project aimed at the expansion of the power apparatus, surveillance and global leadership.