The Statue of Liberty was originally meant to guard the Suez Canal.
Poor Native Egyptians were hired for the Suez canal’s construction.
Forced labour, threats and violence were employed in its construction.
120,000 workers lost their lives when it was being built.
In March 2021, the Suez Canal was blocked for six days after the grounding of Ever Given.
New canal extensions were opened in 2015, which comprised of a deepening of the main Canal and a 35 km-wide side Canal.
With 8% of global seaborne trade annually, the canal plays a significant role in the growth of Egypt's economy.
Suez Canal offers the shortest maritime route between Europe and regions bordering the Indian and the Western Pacific ocean.
It connects Port Said in northeast Egypt with Port Tewfik in the southern city of Suez.