The Waterway Developments has uncovered plans to pump EGP 13 bn in Egypt’s real estate market with the launch of three projects in New Cairo.
During its press conference at Cityscape Egypt 2020, The Waterway indicated its 2021 expansion plan in the Egyptian property market, thereby bidding to develop and complete new projects with combined investments of EGP 13 bn.
Haitham Samir, CEO of Equity for Investment and Real Estate Development, a subsidiary of The Waterway, confirmed, “The company’s total investments amount to EGP 30 bn, with a portfolio of seven projects across Egypt.”
Under the company’s expansion plans, three property developments are in the pipeline, the first of which is the WPR project in the Choueifat area of New Cairo.
One of the ongoing projects, dubbed “The Capitalway,” and located in the New Administrative Capital (NAC), was launched in February 2018, “which has so far recorded sales of EGP 4 bn,” with target sales set at EGP 7 bn, according to Samir.
The Capitalway is self-financed and is being carried out over two phases, with units having only been offered within the residential part. Those in the commercial and administrative service areas will be offered in January 2021. He noted that phase I and about 60% of the second phase were sold out, with costs of construction work standing between EGP 2.5-3 bn by now.
“With unit prices starting at EGP 25,800 per square meter, the 42-acre project includes 1,508 fully-finished units of varying areas from 90 to 333 square meters, which will be handed over with air conditioners and kitchens installed,” Samir was quoted as saying, stressing that first deliveries will take place in early 2022.
The gated community also features 120 luxury serviced-apartments of areas ranging from 60 to 500 square meters, worth a total of EGP 2 bn in investments. The Waterway has contracted with a major hotel brand for project management, after paying all land dues, except for one installment to be paid on the scheduled date.
“Another 30-acre project, located on 90 Road of New Cairo, was also launched as a fully-serviced residential compound, with EGP 5 bn in initial investments,” Samir remarked. This is besides “The Hub” complex, which was released last September as an integrated service complex, with investments worth EGP 1.2 bn. “Units offered were sold out under the ownership system within a month, at a total value of EGP 600 mn,” he added.
The Waterway’s expansion plan for 2021 is based on the expansion of its land portfolio, which will take place by obtaining new plots in Sheikh Zayed and other prime locations across Egypt. Accordingly, another 220-acre upscale project is coming soon in Mansoura.
The developer is also preparing to operate the 5A project, the largest service complex in New Cairo, in April 2021, which is fully developed and sold out. It will include trademarks and administrative brands to be introduced for the first time in Egypt. The commercial area spans 20,000 square meters, whereas administrative offices cover 40,000 square meters.
Samir further stated that the company is currently implementing a huge and distinctive development in Port Said, entitled “Downtown Port Said,” in addition to 308 serviced apartments at the Palma Resort Port Said resort that it manages.
Speaking of the company’s coastal project, the CEO pointed out, “With investments totaled at EGP 4 bn, The Waterway North Coast’s construction permits are currently underway, while sealing EGP 1.1 bn deals during the first offering in 2018.”
In 2020, construction tenders worth EGP 300 mn were signed, in a bid to develop the company’s existing projects in the NAC and New Cairo. Foreigners represent 13% of The Waterway’s client base, with 33% by Egyptian expatriates.
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