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“Women only,” a driver’s assistant calls out loudly, while expertly hanging out the door of a microbus on the corner of Abbas al-Aqqad Street, in the upper-middle class neighborhood of Nasr City.
In the wake of the Arab Spring, governments across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region have committed to massive infrastructure spending schemes designed to head off future discontent. In the GCC alone, total infrastructure spending over the next decade has been estimated at more than $1trn, and these projects will encompass everything from energy to transport, healthcare to education, transforming the region beyond recognition.
Japan will loan Egypt US$1.2 billion to fund its fourth metro line, Egyptian Planning and International Cooperation Minister Fayza Abouelnaga said. The Egyptian government is currently working on completing Cairo's third metro line. Work started on the line in 2007 and is expected to finish in 2013.