Statistics of Vacant units in Egypt

  • Published on 14 November 2016

Table 1: Percentage of vacant units and estimated number of years to fill them

This is a theoretical calculation used to show the potential uptake of existing units if they were to be lived in. Calculations are estimated as:

Total vacant units in Egypt/ average yearly production = Number of years

With 6,409,594 million total vacant units (non-residential units such as garages, single rooms, shops, and other were omitted)[1], and an average yearly construction rate between 2007 and 2015 of 1,000,000 units[2], we arrive to 6.4 years’ worth of vacant housing units.

Without yearly production data for each governorate, in order to apply this ratio we calculated a correlation between years of vacant housing and the percentage of vacancy;

Percentage of vacancy / years’ worth of vacant units = Percentage points per year

Therefore with 27.4% vacant percentage divided by 6.4 year’s worth of units, we arrive to 4.3 percentage points per year on average. Based on this, the table below shows the potential number of years it would take to use up the vacant housing units in each governorate.

Governorate Percentage of Vacant Units Potential Number  of years to fill vacant units
Egypt 27.51% 6.40
Gharbia 26.44% 6.15
Dakahlia 25.25% 5.87
Menufia 29.44% 6.85
Sharkia 26.74% 6.22
Kafr alsheikh 21.98% 5.11
Alexandria 34.05% 7.92
Demmiatta 28.67% 6.67
Behera 20.79% 4.84
Port said 22.32% 5.19
Cairo 27.03% 6.29
Giza 30.78% 7.16
Suhag 28.89% 6.72
Qina 27.31% 6.35
Beni seuf 22.28% 5.18
Aswan 24.55% 5.71
Qaliubia 31.35% 7.29
Ismailia 24.04% 5.59
Fayoum 21.67% 5.04
Luxor 31.69% 7.37
Suez 25.39% 5.90
Menia 21.23% 4.94
Asiut 28.40% 6.61
Matrouh 95.52% 22.21
North Sinai 32.26% 7.50
south Sinai 31.67% 7.37
Wadi Gedid 23.85% 5.55
Red sea 48.53% 11.29

 

Table 2: Vacancy in New Cities

The table below shows the vacant units in New Cities. Data were collected from CAPMAS official figures for vacant units as per the 2006 Census [3] , however, for more precise results; non-residential units (garages, single rooms, shops, and other) were omitted.

New City Residential units Vacant Residential units %
TOTAL 479,895 281,379 58.6%
10th Ramadan 56,560 23,782 42.0%
15th of May 33,672 10,645 31.6%
Sadat 19,204 7,147 37.2%
Burg Al-‘arab 18,074 7,991 44.2%
6th of October 73,530 29,070 39.5%
New Damietta 30,356 21,330 70.3%
New Salhia 7,884 3,547 45.0%
Obour 38,949 25,108 64.5%
New Minia 4,555 2,399 52.7%
New Beni Sueif 10,700 6,140 57.4%
Sheikh Zaid 30,572 19,707 64.5%
Sherouk 30,054 22,644 75.3%
New Cairo 102,010 63,917 62.7%
New Assiut 3,337 2,776 83.2%

[1] CAPMAS. (2008). 2006 General Census for Population and Living Conditions, Final Results. CAPMAS.

[2]  10 Tooba. The Built Environment Deprivation Indicator. September 2016.

[3] CAPMAS. (2008). 2006 General Census for Population and Living Conditions, Final Results. CAPMAS.