Friday marks the 50th anniversary of opening the great High Dam during the reign of former president Mohamed Anwar El Sadat. It was one of the most shining brights dreams for all Egyptian and it symbolized hope and renaissance to all Egyptians. Through this article, SEE News presents readers with various photos of establishing the High Dam.
It was designed by the Egyptian engineers Mousa Arafa, and Dr. Hassan Zaki alongside the participation of various international specialized corporations as the final design of the dam was reading in 1954.
In 1960, former President Gamal Abdel Nasser started to establish the dam with the help of the Soviet Union after the withdrawal of the World Bank which refused to fund the project.
The dam highlighted the dreams of the Egyptians to have a new renaissance as it would help Egypt in generating electricity, increasing the agricultural lands, and stopping the destruction the flood used to make annually.
Nasser launched the building work, by exploding 10-ton dynamite. Next, Egyptian and Russian leaders witnessed the rising of the dam.
The process of its establishment was almost a national epic, witnessed the participation of Egyptian workers, women, engineers, and all sects of the nation.
Therefore, many national songs and films depicted this epic just as Abdel Halim Hafez’s “Hikayaet Shaab” and “Al Hakeka El Aareya” film.
Another landmark event took place in the light of the dam establishment which is placing the ancient temples in Nubia, Aswan, and Luxor including the great Abu Simbel temples.