Well that was due to the fact that because Mall of Egypt developed by Majid al Futtiam group has planned in it a big ski slope, like the one in Mall of Emirates. however for them to develope a ski slope in that location next to the 6th of october airport, they needed special military permits and licenses. Rumor has it well they finally got all those licenses and plans are back on !
check out this article on MEED
The proposed Mall of Egypt will contain 350 stores and an indoor ski slope
The UAE’s Majid al-Futtaim Group (MAF) is still in negotiations with three contractors shortlisted for the contract to build its estimated $770m Mall of Egypt development at 6 October City outside Cairo.
Negotiations have been ongoing with three groups since January this year. In 2011, MAF shortlisted the joint venture of the UAE’s Arabtec Construction and Industrial Construction & Engineering Company (Siac); the joint venture of Athens-based Consolidated Contractors Company (CCC) and the local Hassan Allam Sons; and the local Orascom Construction Industries with Belgium’s Six Construct.
The Mall of Egypt will cover a total area of 160,000 square metres and is scheduled to contain 350 shops when completed. One of the main attractions of the proposed mall will be an indoor ski slope, similar to the Ski Dubai component in Dubai’s Mall of the Emirates, another MAF development.
In addition to the indoor ski facility, the mall will contain a 17-screen cinema complex, food court and other leisure amenities. The UK-based architecture firm RTKL is designing the shopping development.