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World War II site becomes promising tourist destination in Egypt

As part of the government’s plan to redistribute Egypt’s growing population, a project to turn a World War II site into a resort that also includes residential units is currently underway in north Egypt.
A picture taken on October 21, 2017, shows the highway passing through the New Alamein City, situated about 100 kilometres (62 miles) west of the northern city of Alexandria. / AFP PHOTO / KHALED DESOUKI        (Photo credit should read KHALED DESOUKI/AFP via Getty Images)

CAIRO — Egypt is turning a World War II site into a resort that promises to beat other holiday destinations, such as Sharm el-Sheikh and Hurghada, and add a new destination to the international tourism map.

New Alamein City, near the northwestern coastal city of Marsa Matruh and a few miles from Egypt's border with Libya, is Egypt's latest attempt to redistribute its population, diversify its tourist product and expand its urban space.

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