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Suez Canal's new $6bn waterway unveiled

The $6bn new waterway which been added to Egypt’s Suez Canal is unveiled today, marked by celebrations across the country.

The Suez canal.
The Suez Canal. Image by Vyacheslav Argenberg / CC BY 2.0

The expansion to the historic canal means that ships can pass in both directions which is hoped will significantly increase trade and help put Egypt’s economy back on track. To mark the ‘Great Egyptian Dream’ as it has been called, public transport and public gardens are both free today and it’s a national holiday across the country. Read more: news.sky.com