The Octagon (Arabic: الأوكتاجون) will be the new headquarters for the Egyptian Ministry of Defense, being a part of a much larger initiative of moving all governmental offices to the New Administrative Capital. The establishment of the new headquarters aims to be the largest in the Middle East and the world, located in the New Capital, Greater Cairo.
The headquarters extends over a total area of 22,000 acres (89 km2; 960,000,000 sq ft), with about 50,500,000 square feet (1,160 acres; 4,690,000 m2) of it serving as floor area. It includes 13 zones – each with its own specific role – making it the largest defense headquarters and office building complex in the world surpassing The Pentagon in the United States of America. The Octagon is a part of a big establishment, which as a whole has worship venues, clubs, hotels, schools, playgrounds, residential projects, shopping malls, hospitals, and complexes for civil and administrative services. The place is secured by two Republican Guard units, and other means of security.
Samir Farag, Egyptian strategic expert, has stated during Egypt’s president Abdel Fattah el-Sisi’s visit to the Octagon that the headquarters in the new administrative capital is the first of its kind in Egypt and the entire Middle East, continuing:
“This center is located in only 3 countries in the world, including the United States of America.”