The Suez Canal Bridge
, also known as the Shohada 25 January Bridge
or the Egyptian-Japanese Friendship Bridge
, is a road bridge crossing the Suez Canal
at El Qantara
. The Arabic "al qantara" means "the bridge". The bridge links the continents of Africa
Design and construction
The bridge was built with assistance from the Japanese
government. The contractor was PentaOcean
The Japanese grant, accounting for 60% of the construction cost (or 13.5 billion yen), was agreed to during the visit of then-President Mubarak
to Japan in March 1995, as part of a larger project to develop the Sinai Peninsula
. Egypt bore the remaining 40% (9 billion yen). The bridge opened in October 2001.
The bridge, which has a clearance over the canal and is long, consists of a cable stayed main span and two long approach spans.The height of the two main pylons supporting the main span is each. The towers were designed in the shape of Pharaonic obelisks
The clearance under the bridge is 70 meters, which defines, therefore, the admissible maximum height of 68 mabove the waterline (Suezmax
) of ships that can pass through the Suez Canal.
Significant developments in the region
The Suez Canal Bridge was part of a major drive to develop the areas surrounding the Suez Canal
, including other projects such as the Ahmed Hamdi Tunnel
under the Suez Canal (completed in 1983), the......