President Sadat took a first-had look at the reconstruction work going on at Feisal City on the Suez Canal and Suez itself on Friday (13 September).
President Sadat took a first-had look at the reconstruction work going on at Feisal City on the Suez Canal and Suez itself on Friday (13 September). Thousands of people turned out to welcome the President, on the last leg of a four-day tour of the Canal area. He has been accompanied by his Minister of Housing and Redevelopment, Said Osman Ahmed Osman.
Work on Feisal City began in August and the first stage is expected to be completed by the end of the year. Three thousand new flats are being built for low-income tenants, and a further one thousand for craftsmen.
The city is being build in honour of King Feisal of Saudi Arabia who has contributed to its financing. After he had seen the progress of the builders, President Sadat said he was happy to see they were making "very good progress".
The President drove next to Suez for a meeting with provincial officials and to attend Friday prayers. He was given a warm welcome although the crowds were smaller than these which had greeted him at other cities on the canal. He told journalists that the picture of Suez had changed completely since he last visited the city two monthe ago and he said that if the building continued at the same rate, all the projects would be competed according to achedule.
Earlier on his tour the President repeated that any attacks against any of the Suez Canal cities would be regarded as an attack against the "depth of Egypt" and would be followed by "strikes deep into Israel".
The rebuilt towns where 700,000 people once lived, will form part of a GBP 3,000-million sterling project to develop the whole canal area. There will be free-trade zones at Port Said and Suez, a tourist resort on Lake Timsah at Ismailia, and an international airport at Suez. An eight-lane highway will run the length of the Canal and an irrigation scheme will bring water from the Nile to convert the desert on both sides of the canal to fertile land.