Suez Canal, Egypt Tourist Attractions and Travel

It is the Suez Canal that separates Asia from Africa. The entire length of Egypt's Suez Canal (dark north-south line) is visible in this low-oblique tending from the port city of Suez in the south to Port Said in the north, a distance of approximately 100 miles (160 kilometers), the canal connects the Red Sea with the eastern Mediterranean Sea.

 

Suez Canal travel, Egypt Tourist Attractions

 

The Suez Canal, a 100 miles of artificial waterway connecting the Mediterranean and Red Seas, had predecessors dating back possibly 3,000 years. Spurred by French interests, it was opened in 1869 after much political haggling with Britain. Established as an open waterway for all international trade ships, its use was blocked during both World Wars, and later, twice by Egypt. First in 1956, President Nasser nationalized the Suez Canal Company, and British, French and Israeli forces launched a major offensive that required U.N. intervention to clear up and Suez Canal Travel get the canal reopened, on March 7, 1957. The 6 Day War of 1967 shut down the canal for 8 years before President Sadat reopened it as a gesture of peace.

Suez Canal picture map, Egypt

Suez Canal attractions

Egypt's Suez Canal was completed in 1869, to shorten the route between Europe and the Indian Ocean. It can accommodate some of the world's largest cargo vessels and naval ships.

 

It had no locks because there is no great difference between the levels of the Red and Mediterranean Seas. Most of the canal can handle only single-lane traffic. When the canal was constructed it measured 8 metres deep, 22 metres wide at the Suez Canal Attractions bottom and about 70 metres wide at the surface. It has been enlarged several times to handle bigger ships and more traffic. At present about 25,000 ships pass through the canal every year.Taj Mahal

 Suez Canal tourism

The Suez Canal is called "ganatus- subways" in Arabic.

 

Suez Canal, Gulf of Suez, Sinai Peninsula, United Arab Republic (Egypt), Mediterranean Sea, as seen from the Apollo 7 spacecraft during its 13th revolution of the earth. Photographed from an altitude of 126 nautical  miles, at Suez Canal Tourism ground elapsed time of 19 hours and 42 minutes.



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