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Egypt: Cairo bridge sets new Guinness World Record for its width

Egypt, Cairo
May 15, 2019 at 17:44 GMT +00:00 · Published

Egypt's Rod al-Farag Axis Bridge set a Guinness record for being the world's widest suspension bridge at a width of 67.3 metres (220 feet), in Cairo on Wednesday.

The bridge, one of the largest strategic projects passing over the Nile River, connects northern and eastern areas of the capital with the west of the city, thus easing traffic and reducing commuting time for residents. The total length of the bridge is 16.7 kilometers (10.4 miles), divided into five parts.

The project was reportedly carried out by the Arab Contractors Company, under the supervision of the Armed Forces Engineering Authority. As many as 4,000 engineers, technicians and workers contributed to the construction of the bridge.

During the ceremony, Regional Director of Guinness World Records in Middle East and North Africa, Talal Omar, handed over a certificate to Arab Contractors CEO Mohamed Mohsen Salah.

Egyptian President Abdel Fatah El Sisi attended the opening of the Rod al-Farag Axis Bridge. Presidential Aide for National and Strategic Projects Sherif Ismail, Egyptian Prime Minister Mostafa Kemal Madbouly and Transport Minister Kamel El-Wazir were also in attendance, among other officials.

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Egypt's Rod al-Farag Axis Bridge set a Guinness record for being the world's widest suspension bridge at a width of 67.3 metres (220 feet), in Cairo on Wednesday.

The bridge, one of the largest strategic projects passing over the Nile River, connects northern and eastern areas of the capital with the west of the city, thus easing traffic and reducing commuting time for residents. The total length of the bridge is 16.7 kilometers (10.4 miles), divided into five parts.

The project was reportedly carried out by the Arab Contractors Company, under the supervision of the Armed Forces Engineering Authority. As many as 4,000 engineers, technicians and workers contributed to the construction of the bridge.

During the ceremony, Regional Director of Guinness World Records in Middle East and North Africa, Talal Omar, handed over a certificate to Arab Contractors CEO Mohamed Mohsen Salah.

Egyptian President Abdel Fatah El Sisi attended the opening of the Rod al-Farag Axis Bridge. Presidential Aide for National and Strategic Projects Sherif Ismail, Egyptian Prime Minister Mostafa Kemal Madbouly and Transport Minister Kamel El-Wazir were also in attendance, among other officials.

W/S Rod al-Farag Axis Bridge, Cairo

W/S Rod al-Farag Axis Bridge

M/S Rod al-Farag Axis Bridge

W/S Rod al-Farag Axis Bridge

M/S Rod al-Farag Axis Bridge

W/S Rod al-Farag Axis Bridge

M/S Rod al-Farag Axis Bridge

W/S Rod al-Farag Axis Bridge

W/S Rod al-Farag Axis Bridge

W/S Vehicle on Rod al-Farag Axis Bridge

W/S Rod al-Farag Axis Bridge

W/S Rod al-Farag Axis Bridge

W/S Rod al-Farag Axis Bridge

W/S Vehicles and pedestrians on Rod al-Farag Axis Bridge

W/S Vehicle on Rod al-Farag Axis Bridge

W/S Rod al-Farag Axis Bridge

SOT, Talal Omar, Regional Director of Guinness World Records in Middle East and North Africa (Arabic): "Today we are preparing to set a new record for the widest suspension bridge in the world, the previous was recorded in Canada having a width of 65.2 metres. Today, Egypt has a bridge at a width of 67.3 metres, a record in Egypt."

M/S People posing for photo with Guinness World Records' certificate *CUTAWAY*

SOT, Talal Omar, Regional Director of Guinness World Records in Middle East and North Africa (Arabic): "The achievements of any country are what they put on the map of developed countries through their renaissance, achievements and future projects, and this is one of the most important projects that we see in Egypt this year. Firstly, because it breaks a record, secondly because it is in Egyptian hands and experience. Thirdly, the project was implemented in a very short period of time. I think the most important point is a qualitative shift in transportation in one of the most crowded cities in the world."

C/U Guinness World Records' certificate *CUTAWAY*

SOT, Talal Omar, Regional Director of Guinness World Records in Middle East and North Africa (Arabic): "Engineering records are some of the most difficult records because programmes and projects are huge and not easily implemented."

W/S People posing for group photo with Guinness World Records' certificate

C/U Guinness World Records' certificate

M/S Rod al-Farag Axis Bridge

W/S Rod al-Farag Axis Bridge over Nile River

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