Celebrations begin to open New Suez Canal in Egypt

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Celebrations begin to open New Suez Canal in Egypt

<p>Extravagant celebrations have begun to inaugurate a major extension of the Suez Canal in Egypt.</p> <p>The main waterway has been deepened and a 35km parallel channel opened to increase capacity to 97 boats per day.</p> <p>Costing more than seven billion euros, the project was completed in just one year instead of three on the orders of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.</p> <p>The former army chief sailed to Ismailia to join the leaders of France, Russia and Gulf Arab states for the ceremony.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">We are in Egypt today for the inauguration of the new Suez Canal <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Greece?src=hash">#Greece</a> <a href="http://t.co/0prxrOD0d9">pic.twitter.com/0prxrOD0d9</a></p>— Alexis Tsipras (@tsipras_eu) <a href="https://twitter.com/tsipras_eu/status/629255729719967744">August 6, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Dayinmylife?src=hash">#Dayinmylife</a> World leaders and Delegations arriving at <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/suezcanal?src=hash">#suezcanal</a> <a href="http://t.co/ShKsauf9cG">pic.twitter.com/ShKsauf9cG</a></p>— British Amb in Egypt (@FCOJohnCasson) <a href="https://twitter.com/FCOJohnCasson/status/629284044623187968">August 6, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>The expansion aims to boost the economy which has been reeling from years of turmoil since the Arab Spring. </p> <p>Thursday was declared a public holiday. State television broadcast shots of the new canal to the theme tune of US TV series Game of Thrones.</p>