9 African Cities Make Rockefeller’s 100 Resilient Cities Project List

Mark Babatunde September 13, 2016

100 Resilient Cities

Population: Luxor 500,000 (2012 estimates)

Luxor is the site of the ancient Egyptian capital of Thebes, making tourism a central driver of the economy. However, political turmoil and recent terrorist attacks have contributed to a steady increase in unemployment.

The government hopes to revitalize tourism with an ambitious new initiative to transform Luxor into the world’s largest open-air museum and is working with UN Habitat to support economic development.

Luxor’s ability to grow and diversify its economy also depends on a reliable urban infrastructure, but power outages and an inadequate drainage system create further challenges.

Nationwide energy shortages and aging local electrical facilities can lead to more than 3 hours of power cuts a day, while rainfall flooding paralyzes local transportation.

Local authorities believe that upgrading infrastructure is crucial to attracting tourists and putting Luxor back on track to prosperity.


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