The Egyptian businessman, actor and producer Mohamed Aly has presented in Madrid his cultural center project that aims to create a link between Europe and Africa.
It is an ambitious plan to recover the old Fecsa Thermal Power Plant in Sant Adrià del Besòs, in the outskirts of Barcelona, with its three reinforced concrete chimneys of 200 meters high, abandoned since 2011, to create a university space of the Mediterranean that academically deals with areas related to peace such as human rights, international diplomacy, health, the history of religions and food.
There is also a museum on peace that the promoters of the project seek to have the endorsement of the United Nations.
The presentation to the press was made in the best Egyptian setting in Spain, the Debod temple in Madrid, by the hand of the Egyptologist and Professor Hamdi Zaki, former director of the Egyptian Tourism Office in Spain who also explained the origins of the temple Egyptian donated to Spain in 1970 and the latest discoveries in the pharaonic lands.
In addition to the recovery and updating of the space of the plant and its chimneys, it is planned to build a giant glass pyramid, in the style of the one that covers the entrance to the Louvre Museum in Paris. The total budget will probably exceed 800 million euros, including 200,000 m2 that would go to homes and residences.
The image of the chimneys, cataloged like Patrimony of Local Interest from 2016, and its similarity with the Light of Alexandria, according to Aly, were the detonating one of this design, that foresees to build a renewed symbol of the pharaonic time of Egypt in which it would be the fourth pyramid of the Mediterranean. In the project, apart from Mohamed Aly, president of the real estate developer Amlaak, the consultant Rafael Salanova, the firm Alonso Balaguer and Arquitectos Asociados, the architect Pier Paolo Troiano, the urban planner Josep Cuéllar Blanco and the former rector of the University participate. of Barcelona Màrius Rubiralta.
The background of the project must be sought in the great library of Alexandria and the creation of the International University City of Paris, which in 1926, and after the First World War, was designed with the aim of contributing to the achievement of world peace. The new space, in addition to the university, has the pretension of welcoming all the areas that influence peace; that is, from international diplomacy to human rights, including the history of religions, health and nutrition, as well as research, creativity and innovation.
The project will be presented shortly to the Generalitat and the Besòs Consortium and according to Amlaak it would have private financing. Due to its size, the Generalitat is working on the drafting of a Urban Development Plan (PDU), the first draft of which envisages a majority of economic activity (offices, shops, hotels), some 1,700 flats, facilities and green areas.
On the other hand, Mohamed Aly has just also shown his role as an actor and film producer with the presentation of his first film The Other Side that tells the drama of the Egyptian emigrants in their eagerness to reach Europe in search of a better future. The film premiered coinciding with the International Refugee Day and was sponsored by the Red Cross.