The President is on a historic visit to Ismailia … and the new tunnels are an epic for Egyptians

The President is on a historic visit to Ismailia … and the new tunnels are an epic for Egyptians

May 4, 2019
Admiral Mohab Mameesh, Chairman of the Suez Canal Authority and the General Authority of the Canal, assured the interest and care of President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi and his continues follow-up on the updates of the large scale national projects in the Suez Canal area and the three governorates of the Suez Canal. These projects aim to make a big breakthrough to achieve sustainable development in the region and the development of the Canal region, Sinai, and east of the Suez Canal. He stressed that Sinai will become the largest economic zone in the world.

Mameesh noted that the expected historic visit of President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi is a new crossing to Ard El Fayrouz to complete the great achievements witnessed by Egypt in the recent period.

He said that the President will cut the ribbon for the largest project in the century, namely the Suez Canal Tunnels, especially since we crossed the canal in 1973 and now pass it in 15 minutes to complete the real development of Ard El Fayrouz. The President will also open the new city of Ismailia and inspect many projects and the 6th August Oasis Club for employees of the Suez Canal Authority. Also, there will be a press conference.

The Admiral stressed that the real battle of development and the reconstruction of the Egyptian state has started from the Suez Canal area and the provinces of the Canal.

He added that the Suez Canal Economic Zone is one of the most important economic zones in the world. Therefore, attention is given to the implementation and development of infrastructure, the establishment of power stations, water desalination and the provision of facilities to all project sites in the region. The new projects are the cornerstone of implementation of the Presidents directives.

Admiral Mohab Mameesh said that the Suez Canal Economic Zone works on the existence of logistics centers for ports and setting up flexible marketing plans and policies. It also seeks to make investors successful partners of the region. In addition, President Abdel Fattah al Sisi is racing time to strengthen the infrastructure of the Canal Zone and attract both investments and investors. Mameesh stated that Egypt will become the heart of world trade.

The Admiral stressed that Egypt has made great strides in the development of the Suez Canal Economic Zone by attracting many local and foreign investments, in contracts worth billions of dollars, which reflects the confidence of local and foreign investors in the Egyptian economy. He pointed out that the region’s management is on track to complete the implementation of all the needs of the region in infrastructure, whether power stations, water desalination and the provision of facilities to all project sites in the region. In addition to the development of a transport logistics network in the ports of the economic zone, the activation and application of a smart transport system, and increasing the capacity of the ports to transform Egypt into a global center for the transport and logistics industry.

Mameesh mentioned that the Economic Zone Administration is developing a comprehensive and continuous development of the Suez Canal shipping route, which began to bear fruit with the recovery of the global trade movement, reflected in the integration of the economic zone and the shift in investment in the region and the national economy.

Admiral Mohab Mameesh assured that the Suez Canal has become the lifeblood of all the countries of the world. The trade has now shifted from east to west, and the channel has contributed to a faster arrival of medicines and all needs. The Suez Canal has been deepened to a depth of 24 meters to benefit future generations, and has also contributed to making the Suez Canal the number one channel in the world. The Canal has attracted many investors which are striving to reserve places in the Canal. The Authority is currently working on diversifying investments, providing the best investment incentives, providing more facilities, and removing any obstacles facing the development of the region.

He pointed out that the new city of Ismailia is the first city in the Suez Canal Economic Zone, which will contribute to the provision of employment opportunities for young people in Egypt.

The Admiral pointed out that the four tunnels will shorten the crossing of the canal to 15 minutes instead of hours, as is happening now, explaining that these tunnels are a new Egyptian achievement. The digging of the tunnels and crossing to Sinai will help eliminate terrorism by linking the east of the channel to its west. The fruits of Sinai will pass in a few minutes and thus the prices of most of the basic commodities needed by citizen will decrease and the isolation of Sinai will end forever.

The tunnels have been built according to international standards in a very advanced scientific way. Each tunnel has its own emergency exists, fire control systems, surveillance cameras, a modern LED lighting system, and microphones every 100 meters to help guide the driver in the event of any emergency or malfunction.

The painting and light testing stages have been completed as well as the addition of the final surface layer of the asphalt, the fire extinguishing systems were activated, ventilation fans have been activated, electronic signals have been operated, guiding signs have been put up, and surveillance cameras have been installed.

The tunnel operates using two fire extinguishing systems, the first automatic by hanging pipes at the top of the tunnel pumping material to control the fire quickly, unlike the manual system which is a fire extinguishing unit every 50 meters with different fire extinguishers unlike fire hoses which are directly connected to water. In addition, there is a fire extinguishing unit for quick handling which can be used if necessary until the arrival of fire engines.

There are 23 tunnel-length emergency rooms for individuals on either side of the tunnel with ladders, approximately every 250 meters. There are concrete barriers on either side of the road 60 cm wide to protect the tunnel body from any collision.

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