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New Suez Canal opening ceremony

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi staged a lavish ceremony to unveil a 'new' Suez Canal, seeking to boost the country's economy and international standing by expanding the vital waterway.

New Suez Canal opening ceremony
Egyptian army planes perform during a ceremony on August 6, 2015 to unveil a 'new' Suez Canal, in the port city of Ismailiya. (AFP/Getty Images)
New Suez Canal opening ceremony
Smoke from Egyptian army planes is seen flowing a fly-over during the opening ceremony of a new waterway at the Suez Canal on August 6, 2015, in the port city of Ismailiya. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi staged a lavish ceremony to unveil a 'new' Suez Canal, seeking to boost the country's economy and international standing by expanding the vital waterway. (AFP/Getty Images)
New Suez Canal opening ceremony
Planes fly over during the opening ceremony of the new Suez Canal expansion including a new 35km (22 mile) channel on August 6, 2015 in Suez, Egypt. The new channel of the Suez Canal was finished in a year at a cost of 8 billion USD and is designed to increase the speed and capacity of ships. The new branch is being celebrated as a major nationalist project. (Getty Images).
New Suez Canal opening ceremony
Actors leave the staging area during the opening ceremony of the new Suez Canal expansion including a new 35km (22 mile) channel on August 6, 2015 in Suez, Egypt. The new channel of the Suez Canal was finished in a year at a cost of 8 billion USD and is designed to increase the speed and capacity of ships. The new branch is being celebrated as a major nationalist project. (Getty Images).
New Suez Canal opening ceremony
Egyptians perform on the bank of the Suez Canal during a ceremony on August 6, 2015 to unveil a new waterway, in the port city of Ismailiya. (AFP/Getty Images)
New Suez Canal opening ceremony
Egyptians gather in Cairo's landmark Tahrir Square during celebrations to unveil a new waterway, in the port city of Ismailiya, on August 6, 2015. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi staged a lavish ceremony to unveil a 'new' Suez Canal, seeking to boost the country's economy and international standing by expanding the vital waterway. (AFP/Getty Images)
New Suez Canal opening ceremony
French President Francois Hollande (R) and Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas converse on the occasion of the inauguration of a new Suez Canal waterway in Ismailia, Egypt, on August 6, 2015. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi unveiled an expanded Suez Canal in a lavish ceremony, with the first ships passing through the waterway in what Egypt hopes will boost its economy and global standing. (AFP/Getty Images)
New Suez Canal opening ceremony
French President Francois Hollande (R), Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras (L), and French Minister of Defence Jean-Yves Le Drian meet on the occasion of the inauguration of a new Suez Canal waterway in Ismailia, Egypt, on August 6, 2015. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi unveiled an expanded Suez Canal in a lavish ceremony, with the first ships passing through the waterway in what Egypt hopes will boost its economy and global standing. (AFP/Getty Images)
New Suez Canal opening ceremony
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi waves as he arrives for the opening ceremony of a new waterway at the Suez Canal on August 6, 2015, in the port city of Ismailiya. Sisi staged a lavish ceremony to unveil a 'new' Suez Canal, seeking to boost the country's economy and international standing by expanding the vital waterway. (AFP/Getty Images)