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The UAE government has handed over projects to Egypt in sectors such as health, education, transport and infrastructure
The projects are part of a large UAE development assistance programme that was pledged a year ago, and includes 50,016 homes for low-income families in Egypt, 100 schools with 1,668 classrooms across 18 governorates to serve 67,000 students, 78 fully equipped clinics in 23 governorates to serve 780,000 people in 78 remote villages, renovating or constructing 25 wheat silos with a total capacity of 1.5mn tonnes, providing solar energy for 30,275 homes in 70 villages, providing Cairo with 600 new buses to boost public transport and building four new bridges in the most congested areas in major urban centres.
According to Sultan Bin Ahmad Sultan Al Jaber, UAE minister of state and chairman of the coordination office of the UAE-funded development projects, the projects will positively impact eight million Egyptians and has already created 900,000 new jobs.
Al Jaber said the relationship between Egypt and the UAE is going from “strength to strength”.
In addition, the project completion was announced on the eve of the inauguration of the new Suez Canal, in whose completion the UAE has played a major role, said officials.
Egypt’s Prime Minister Ebrahim Mahlab said, “These projects reflect the strategic relationship between the two countries and we are grateful to the UAE leadership and people for standing by Egypt as it implements a road map for economic recovery.”
Former and present rulers in the UAE have emphasised on healthy relations with Egypt. “Since 30 June 2013, the UAE has helped Egypt to rebuild, reinvigorate and regain its rightful place as a regional powerhouse and linchpin of stability and economic development for our part of the world,” said Al Jaber.