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Residents of Ezbet Abu Qarn Informal Settlement to Be Relocated

Sprawling over an area of 11 hectares, Ezbet Abu Qarn has been an ongoing development project for the Egyptian government, addressing issues of poverty, unhygienic conditions & lack of infrastructure.

Ezbet Abu Qarn is one of the oldest and largest informal settlements in Egypt, bordering the ruins of El-Fustat in the heart of Old Cairo. Sprawling over an area of 11 hectares, Ezbet Abu Qarn has been an ongoing development project for the Egyptian government to address issues of poverty, unhygienic conditions and a lack of infrastructure.


As part of the development process, the Informal Settlements Development Fund will soon transfer residents of Ezbet Abu Qarn to the “Ma’an” alternative housing project in the El-Salam district before June 2021. The residents of the neighboring Istabl Antar area will also be transferred to the new residential area. The housing units are ready for immediate move-in, and are fully-equipped with furniture, furnishings and electrical appliances.


All of the governmental projects to develop informal settlements are scheduled for completion by June 2021, according to the Informal Settlements Development Fund. 312 out of a total of 357 unsafe informal areas have so far been developed at a cost of EGP 39 billion.


After the completion of these development projects, the fund will shift their focus to urban and civil development in governorate capitals and major unplanned cities, in addition to informal markets. A 10-year plan has been put in place to redevelop all unplanned areas and informal markets by 2030.