Back in November, 2019, there were reports that Egypt has been completing studies into a new railway between Alamein and Ain Sokhna. It would be the first railway to be built in Egypt since 1854 - and the first to be designed for high-speed, electric travel. So as you can imagine, there was quite a bit of competition over who’d get to build it.
Recently, an Egyptian-Chinese joint venture finally won the right to build the 543 kilometre railway at a cost of USD 9 billion. The Alamein-Ain Sokhna railway will allow passengers to travel at speeds of 250 kilometres per hour, passing through 6th of October, Burj al-Arab, the New Administrative Capital and Alexandria, all in under three hours!
"The project represents a turning point for Egypt," Sherif Nazmy, CEO and managing director of Samcrete, said. "As it allows Egypt to join other countries that use high-speed trains." Samcrete has also described it as a ‘new Suez Canal’, on account of how quickly it’d allow passengers to go from the Red Sea to the Mediterranian Sea in a single trip. They'll be cooperating with the likes of the China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation, the China Railway 14th Bureau Group, the China Railway 20 Bureau Group Corp and SEMAF, which is about just as many companies as you’d expect for such an undertaking.
And with this technological advancement in travel coming in our future, you can’t blame us for asking the question that we know is on everyone’s mind right now: how many more parties between Ain Sokhna and Alamein would this allow us to fit in one night? Please show your work in the comments below.