Egypt received a Guinness World Records' certificate, on Wednesday May 15th, for building the world's widest suspension bridge, one of a series of military-led, mega-projects designed to improve infrastructure and create jobs.
Egyptian President, Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, inaugurated the Rod al-Farag Axis Bridge, on Wednesday. It is also known as Tahya Misr Bridge "Long Live Egypt", and is touted as the widest in the world with a width of 67.36 meters (222 feet) and six traffic lanes, breaking the previous Guinness World Record.
During the inauguration, which was attended by Egypt's Prime Minister and a number of high-ranking state officials and military generals, the Regional Director for the Guinness World Records in the Middle East and North Africa region, Talal Omar, handed over the Guinness World Records certificate to the Arab Contractors company, a leading construction company in the Middle East and Africa.
The bridge, which crosses the Nile just north of central Cairo, is a key link in a highway stretching from the Red Sea in the east to Egypt's northwestern Mediterranean coast, and is meant to help reduce congestion in the capital, according to Reuters.
Around one million cubic metres of concrete as well as 1,400 km (870 miles) of steel wire for 160 suspension cables were used in its construction, according to a presentation given at the formal opening.
Other prestige projects launched under Sisi include an expansion of the Suez Canal, completed in 2015, and the building of a new capital in the desert east of Cairo that is currently under construction.