Egypt's Rod al-Farag Axis Bridge set a Guinness record for being the world's widest suspension bridge at a width of 67.3 metres (220 feet), in Cairo on Wednesday.

The bridge, one of the largest strategic projects passing over the Nile River, connects northern and eastern areas of the capital with the west of the city, thus easing traffic and reducing commuting time for residents. The total length of the bridge is 16.7 kilometers (10.4 miles), divided into five parts.

The project was reportedly carried out by the Arab Contractors Company, under the supervision of the Armed Forces Engineering Authority. As many as 4,000 engineers, technicians and workers contributed to the construction of the bridge.

During the ceremony, Regional Director of Guinness World Records in Middle East and North Africa, Talal Omar, handed over a certificate to Arab Contractors CEO Mohamed Mohsen Salah.

Egyptian President Abdel Fatah El Sisi attended the opening of the Rod al-Farag Axis Bridge. Presidential Aide for National and Strategic Projects Sherif Ismail, Egyptian Prime Minister Mostafa Kemal Madbouly and Transport Minister Kamel El-Wazir were also in attendance, among other officials.

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