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In the summer of 2014, months after taking office as President of Egypt, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi ordered the expansion of the Ballah Bypass from 61 metres (200 ft) wide to 312 metres (1,024 ft) wide for 35 kilometres (22 mi). The project was called the New Suez Canal, as it allows ships to transit the canal in both directions simultaneously. The project cost more than E£59.4 billion (US$9bn) and was completed within one year. Sisi declared the expanded channel open for business in a ceremony on 6 August 2015.
Depicts the logo of the Suez Canal Authority (two opposite ships), the inscription "New Suez Canal" above, year of issue in Gregorian and Hijri calendars (both in Arabic).
State name in Arabic, denomination in Arabic and English.
جمهورية مصر العربية