The Suez Canal is an artificial sea level waterway in Egypt, connecting the Mediterranean Sea to the sea through the isthmus of Suez and dividing Africa and Asia. Egypt builds six new tunnels under the Suez Canal in just three years with Egyptian engineers and workers. The tunnels connected Sinai Peninsula with the delta of Egypt, thereby connecting Africa to Asia.
CAIRO – 9 August 2020: Chairman of the Suez Canal Auhtority Osama Rabie announced that the tunnels passing beneath the international waterway connecting Sinai Peninsula with the rest of Egypt will operate 24/7 starting August 9, 2020.
Until maintenance and renovation works are over, the four tunnels will operate partially on Saturdays and Sundays, and close for 6 hours on Monday from 2:00 a.m. until 8:00 a.m.
There are two tunnels dubbed "Tahya Misr" in Ismailiyah, and two tunnels dubbed "3rd of July" in Port Said. Those used to operate from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. There is a fifth tunnel called "Martyr Ahmed Hamdi" and it already operates 24/7.
On August 6, Egypt celebrated the fifth anniversary of the inauguration of the New Suez Canal dug in parallel to the original one in order to enlarge the international waterway.
In a statement released Sunday, Rabie pointed out that the decisions are in fulfilment of the instructions of president Abdel Fatah al-Sisi who urged facilitating the movement of citizens across the country and paving way for developmental projects in Sinai and the Suez Canal axis.
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