Egypt received on Wednesday a Guinness World Records' certificate on Rod al-Farag Axis Bridge (Tahya Misr Bridge) passing over the Nile, for being the widest suspension bridge in the world at a width of 67.36 meters.
Guinness World Records website has not yet published news about the new Egyptian record-holder.
Regional Director for the Guinness World Records in the Middle East and North Africa region Talal Omar handed over the certificate to Mohamed Mohsen Salah, President and CEO of Arab Contractors company.
President Abdel Fatah El Sisi attended Wednesday the opening of Rod el Farag Axis Bridge, in the presence of Prime Minister Moustafa Madbouli, Presidential Adviser for National and Strategic Projects Sherif Ismail, Transport Minister Kamel el Wazir and a number of high-ranking state officials.
The Arab Contractors, a leading construction company in the Middle East and Africa, officially requested that Rod El-Farag Axis sets a record in the Guinness Book of World Records, said Ahmed Makled, chief executive manager of B Premium, the official partner of Guinness Records in Egypt.
Rod El-Farag Axis(Tahya Misr Bridge) links areas in northern and eastern Cairo with west Cairo. The Egyptian government said that the bridge, which aims to ease traffic and reduce commuting time, is the widest over a waterway.
Makled said that the relevant minimum limit set by Guinness is 65.235 meters, hoping that the bridge will meet other requirements and conditions set by Guinness to become the world's widest bridge, replacing Canada's Port Mann Bridge, which was considered the world's widest.
Port Mann, which has a width of 65 meters, was opened to traffic in 2012. California's Bay Bridge was then opened in 2013, to replace Port Mann as the world's widest. The aforementioned San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge has a width of over 78 meters.
Makled said that the Tahya Misr Bridge will seek to enter the Guinness World Records in the coming few days after it is officially inaugurated.
The construction of the flyover bridge is 100 percent completed, said Salah, the CEO of the Arab Contractors, adding that the bridge has been paved.
As many as 4,000 engineers, technicians and other workers have contributed to the construction of the bridge with a cost of LE 5 billion ($292.7 million), Salah said, adding that the second phase of the project costs LE 4 billion.