The announcement of a $40 billion (AED150bn) deal to build low-cost housing in Egypt is good news for that country and for the UAE, commented a local daily. Dubai developer Arabtec  will build a million homes for Egyptians under the contract, which was announced on Sunday by Egypt s defence minister, Field Marshal Abdel Fattah El Sisi.
The deal, which is likely to be among the largest of its kind in the world, will go a long way towards relieving Egypt s severe housing crisis  and help to kick-start its ailing economy, according to The National.
It is estimated that as many as a million jobs will be created for builders, plumbers, electricians, tilers, painters, gardeners and general labourers, as well as for building suppliers and people in other associated industries. Once completed, the housing estates  will become communities that need shops, schools and transport networks, which will increase employment opportunities and boost the economy further, Abu Dhabi-based English language newspaper wrote in its today's editorial. "The project will also have a direct benefit for many young Egyptians, .... making houses afford able will allow young couples to marry and plan for their future with a sense of security, while their modest mortgages will boost the banking sector." The project is also a boost for Arabtec, which is best known as the construction company behind such megaprojects as the Burj Khalifa in Dubai and the Louvre Abu Dhabi, which is now under construction. Arabtec will be exporting UAE expertise and personnel to Egypt, and it will reap the rewards in terms of income and experience gained from the enterprise. This will have flow-on benefits for the UAE  economy.
"Moreover, the project demonstrates the historic ties between the two nations. The UAE has pledged significant sums of money to help rebuild Egypt and support it on its path to truly representative government," read the editorial.
The paper concluded, that this construction deal is an instance of practical assistance that will help ordinary Egyptians rebuild their own lives while their nation goes about the business of recovering from years of political and social turmoil. The UAE can be proud of its role in that transition.