The country intends to implement a train that will connect the Red Sea to the Mediterranean

Egypt is ready to build the country's first high-speed train line, which will link the Red Sea to the Mediterranean. The route will cover 1000 kilometers, and the first section of 460 kilometers will connect El Alamein, on Egypt's Mediterranean coast, to Ain Sokhna.

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El Alamein. Photo: Kazzazm/Shutterstock

The train line will pass through 15 stations, including the not-yet-called “new administrative capital”, a massive construction project that started in 2015 to move government buildings some 45km outside Cairo.

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The construction of the train line is expected to be completed in two years and will be designed, installed and maintained by Siemens, a German industrial manufacturing company.

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Photo: Disclosure Siemens AG

“We are honored and proud to expand our trusted partnership with Egypt,” said Joe Kaeser, President and CEO of Siemens AG. “By building a high-efficiency rail system for the country, we will support the Egyptian people with affordable, clean and reliable transport.”

Although the Siemens project brings Egypt's first high-speed train, the country has had a rail network since the 1850s and was the first country with a rail system in Africa and the Middle East.

Morocco is home to Africa's first high-speed train, called the Al Boraq, which opened in 2018 and which connects Tangier and Casablanca. The new train line meant that travel between the two cities was reduced from nearly five hours to just over two hours.

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