The Suez Canal in Egypt opened almost 150 years ago in order to create an artificial waterway between the Mediterranean and the Red Sea. Now ships are testing a second Suez Canal, which runs alongside the current canal, under tight security and surveillance. The 44 mile long canal allows for two-way traffic and can accommodate larger ships than the older canal does. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has said that the expansion will boost trade and increase employment across the country. The estimated cost of the new canal is $8.5 billion and work on the canal is being carried out by the army around the clock. “It’s a patriotic project first of all, and that’s very difficult to quantify,” said Cairo-based investment analyst Angus Blair. Plans for building another canal near East Port Said on the Mediterranean Sea have been announced recently as well.
Contributor: Katie Campbell