The continents of africa and Asia were linked again in the Middle East in Saturday (25 October) for the first time since the suez Canal sliced them apart 111 years ago.
GV PAN Suez canal.
GV & SV PAN Tunnel's west entrance. (3 SHOTS)
SCU INTERIOR Egypt's President Anwar Sadat and ministers walk forward. president Sadat cuts ribbon.
LV PAN EXTERIOR Sinai citizens applauding and drumming outside ceremonial tent.
SV, CU INTERIOR President Sadat seated with ministers.
SV Guests seated.
SV President Sadat hands honourary decoration to British experts, as guests applaud. (2 SHOTS)
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Background: The continents of africa and Asia were linked again in the Middle East in Saturday (25 October) for the first time since the suez Canal sliced them apart 111 years ago. Egyptian President Anwar Sadat officially inaugurated at the opening of the Suez canal tunnel, joining Egypt with the Sinai peninsula, by a mile (1.64 kms) long subterranean highway.
SYNOPSIS: Construction of the tunnel, 10 miles (15 kms) north of the city of Suez, began in 1976. It was designed to provide the final link between Cairo, 81 miles (135 kms) to the west and the Sinai peninsula. It forms an integral part of Egypt's comprehensive long-range plan for the Suez zone.
The 150 million dollar project (105 million Egyptian pounds) was name after Major General Ahmed Hamdi, who carried out a suicide mission during the 1973 Middle East war with Israel.
Although President Sadat officially inaugurated the tunnel, hailing it as the fruit of Egypt's peace agreement with Israel, it wont' be open to public travel until june of next year, after lighting and ventilation have been installed.
The people of the Sinai applauded the inauguration of the link which will provide an immediate short route for materials to construction projects on the peninsula. The tunnel also includes two water pipelines for new settlements in the barren lands of the Sinai.
The project close the southern end of the canal was built by a British-Egyptian partnership. President Sadat presented honourary decorations to births experts in recognition of their service.
Next June the tunnel which dips to a maximum depth of 167 feet (51 metres) beneath the water, will be open to pedestrians as well as road traffic.