After presenting their design of the new Cairo Expo City to the Egyptian Prime Minister, Zaha Hadid Architects were announced as the designers for the project in 2009. The Cairo Expo City, which is set to be completed in 2014, will feature a 450,000 square meter city that encompasses areas for conferences, hotels, offices, and shopping centers. Situated directly between central Cairo and its airport, the Expo City will meet the city’s high demand for international conferences and will be able to host a large variety of events.
The design of the Expo City was inspired by the topography of the Nile River. According to Zaha Hadid Architects, the “natural confluence patterns of the Nile delta inspire [their] proposal for an ‘exhibition and conference city’ for Cairo – with a central ‘river’ and extending ‘tributaries’ explored to define circulation and the nature of clustered buildings – each with its own mass, all relating to an overall vision.”