New Cairo: Population Growth and the Expatriate Attraction

    Jun 05, 2017 @ 01:53 PM / by Andrew Morollo

    While conducting my most recent survey of Cairo, the expatriate neighborhood of New Cairo remained a focus of interest with my expatriate housing contacts. First established in 2000, New Cairo is a city on the southeastern edge of the Cairo Governorate and was built to alleviate the ubiquitous congestion problems facing the ancient city of Cairo.

    New Cairo, as seen during a recent AIRINC cost of living survey. Photo taken by AIRINC surveyor Omar Tarabishi.The 6th of October City, found on the west side of the Cairo Governorate, was also built for this same reason. It is now estimated that New Cairo will eventually house a population of over five million people and its current growth rate is surpassing that of 6th of October City. Some of this growth is helped by the continued number of multinationals that have been moving their headquarters to New Cairo including major oil and gas companies, pharmaceutical and consumer manufacturing, and governmental organizations.

    New Cairo, as seen during a recent AIRINC cost of living survey. Photo taken by AIRINC surveyor Omar Tarabishi.The increased space, the lower levels of congestion and noise pollution, the better perceived security, the proximity to the airport, and the abundance of newer, gated compounds have helped attract more expatriates into the area, especially over the last five years. There are also numerous international schools nearby including The American International School, The New Cairo British International School, and universities like The American University in Cairo and The British University in Egypt. The highly secured and highly priced Katameya Heights, Katameya Dunes, and the Mirage City Compounds are a few of the most sought after communities here.

    In conversations with different expatriates and locals around the city, I found that some view New Cairo as sterile and isolated, located on the edge of this megalopolis that stretches into the dry and dusty desert. Others, though, enjoy the ease of getting around, the proximity to modern shopping centers such as the Cairo Festival City and the Downtown Mall, and the modernity and security of the compound housing options here. As of 2017, Cairo is considered to be the fastest-growing city worldwide in terms of population according to Euromonitor International, and New Cairo City is now considered to have the highest standard of living of any area in Egypt.

    New Cairo, as seen during a recent AIRINC cost of living survey. Photo taken by AIRINC surveyor Omar Tarabishi.If you’d like to learn more about housing options in Cairo, please check out our International Housing Guide today! And if you’re interested in gaining insights about your mobility program, please check out our Housing Assessment Tool to see how you can better manage your housing program!


    This post is taken from On-site Insight, AIRINC’s in-house global mobility blog. On-site Insight provides AIRLinc subscribers with an exclusive “behind-the-surveys” insight into new and existing expatriate locations based on commentary and photos from our global research team. Included is information on general living conditions as well as changing costs for both goods and services and housing and utilities, along with much, much more! To find out more, click here

    Topics: On-site Insight, Insights and Experience, Egypt, International Housing Guide, Cairo, Housing Assessment Tool

    Andrew Morollo

    Written by Andrew Morollo

    Andrew joined AIRINC in 2000 as a surveyor and analyst. Since 2011, he has managed both the Hong Kong and Brussels survey teams directly. His primary responsibilities include coordinating travel for the international teams, recruiting survey staff, and managing workflow from the Cambridge headquarters. He is also responsible for conducting pricing and housing surveys in more complicated international locations, having visited over 120 countries for AIRINC. He received his B.A. in Business Administration from Northeastern University. In addition to English, Andrew speaks German.