Télécabine touristique galala city POMA
Egypt – Galala City – 2018

Galala City gondola lift

The tourist gondola lift of the new town of Galala City links the urban area to the luxurious seaside resort, travelling the longest stretch in the Middle East. Its glass-floored cabins offer an exceptional journey with a unique view of the superb desert landscapes that border the Red Sea.

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Begun in October 2015, the Galala City project, Egypt's second largest construction site after the new Suez Canal, is a symbol of modernity in the country. It is based on three strategic areas of development: the creation of an urban area at the top of the Al Galala Plateau, the development of a new industrial area, including several desalination factories, and an expanded tourist offer.
To make for smoother communication between the residential area and the Ain Sokhna tourist coast, POMA has installed a gondola lift.
With a total length of 4.37 km and an elevation difference of 611 m, the tourist gondola lift offers Galala City residents direct, quick access to the beach, with a panoramic view of the spectacular landscapes that border the Red Sea.





470 m


Elevation difference

611 m



250 passengers/ hour



5 m/s

Nombre de Véhicules

Number of cabins


Nombre de passagers par véhicules

Number of passenger per cabin




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Longest gondola lift in Africa

With the Galala gondola lift spanning 4.37 km, POMA has built the longest stretch between two stations in the Middle East and Africa area.

Galala City,

the epitome of a modern Egyptian city

Galala City is destined to become a driver of growth for the Egyptian economy by boosting employment amongst the country’s young people, diversifying the tourist offer and paving the way for new investments, both local and foreign.

Operational challenges

A new team was recruited and trained to operate the Galala gondola lift. While the flow of passengers is steady, many other issues affect the operation of this gondola lift: hot, dry and dusty climate, marine environment, remote site. Challenges that the on-site teams overcome on a daily basis.

Dedicated computer network

The Galala tourist gondola lift was the first to be equipped with a complete computer network between its two stations, allowing the collection of operating data and secure remote access to video surveillance and fault diagnosis as well as to the ticket office. A POMA innovation!

Galala city gondola lift in pictures

Télécabine touristique galala city POMA
Télécabine touristique galala city POMA
Télécabine touristique galala city POMA

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