Within the framework of the directives of President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi to upgrade the tourist areas and sites, in line with the comprehensive development efforts at various levels in the country, in a manner befitting Egypt’s tourism and historical position at the international level, the Nahda University in Beni Suef organized on Monday August 10, 2020 a ceremony to hand over the governor of Beni Suef The design and implementation drawings and the brochure of the conditions and technical specifications for the construction project of the East Nile Corniche in the city of Beni Suef to turn it into a tourist attraction.
The ceremony was held in the presence of Dr. Muhammad Hani – Governor of Beni Suef, Dr. Hossam Al-Mallahi – President of Al-Nahda University, Eng. Muhammad Al-Rashidi – Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Al-Nahda University, Dr. Salem Al-Khudary – Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, and a group of university leaders and a group of executive leaders in the governorate.
The project aims to develop the eastern corniche of Beni Suef from the bridge to the Monastery of the Virgin Mary with a length of 3800 meters and an area of 25 acres, to advance the tourism system and attract more tourist flows in the governorate of Beni Suef, in a way that mixes recreational and archaeological tourism, and maximizes the yield of what Egypt has in terms of Attractive destinations, and works to enhance the competitiveness of the vital tourism sector for the benefit of the Egyptian economy and to provide more job opportunities.
Al-Nahda University in Beni Suef has taken upon itself to present a vital tourism, economic, developmental project that serves the state in general and the governorate of Beni Suef in particular, and accordingly, the Consulting Center at Al-Nahda University was entrusted with the leadership of Dr. Iman Shakour – Head of the Department of Architecture, Dr. Rashwan Tahseen, and Dr. Ayman Hosni Abu Al-Ela Prepared the general plan for the establishment of the Eastern Corniche, which falls within the tourism development strategy for the next five years for Beni Suef Governorate.
The design idea for the development was based on adding economic and developmental elements to the eastern part of the governorate of Beni Suef in addition to the public walkway of the corniche, and these elements included a Terminal serving hotels, hostels, restaurants and bazaars, and the building contains a complex of cinemas and branches of banks, a river berth for floating hotels accommodating a number of 10 – 12 Nile Cruise hotels, a marina for smaller river boats (swimming and transportation), a marina for games and water sports including jet ski and (ski boats), a yacht and rowing club, an amateur fishing area, and a swimming and teaching diving area for young adults with safety features.
This is in addition to a recreational area that includes restaurants, cafeterias, and youth activities, and a varied and multi-level parallel walkway along the Corniche that includes green areas, seating areas, children’s play, toilets, and some places of snacks.
It also includes a mall area under the ground level at the beginning of the island that contains 50 medium stores, 12 large stores, a food court area, a restaurant with an underwater glass façade, in addition to a ramp for servicing and a parking lot for service and customers, in addition to a hotel resort that contains 250 hotel rooms.
Main gates were made at the entrances to the Corniche and include strengthening the communication axes with the city, while providing parking spaces for cars to facilitate access to the corniche and encouraging pedestrian and bicycle traffic.
In addition to the establishment of a gathering point next to the marina that contains basic and secondary services for users of floating hotels (restaurants, bazaars, pharmacies, internet and communications services) with the work of a marina inside the Nile, in addition to providing parking spaces for tourist buses for the visitors of floating hotels, a parking lot for businessmen, cars for publics, and attention to people with special needs , As well as a multi-level outdoor theater with a capacity of 250 people.
The design of this project comes as a gift from Al-Nahda University to Beni Suef Governorate within the framework of the support provided to the governorate, in implementation of the university’s social responsibility dimensions, and its support for sustainable development efforts in Upper Egypt.
The Governor of Beni Suef praised the university’s role in serving development issues in the governorate, and called for continued fruitful cooperation to serve the people of Beni Suef. The governor also reviewed development efforts in the Nile Corniche in the governorate, and the most important axes of work in serving development issues in the governorate.
The governor also confirmed the implementation of the President’s directives regarding the necessity of using universities as centers of expertise to serve development issues in the governorates.