Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak inaugurated a new extension of Cairo's metro system to the western suburb of Giza. The project's opening marks the first time that the system runs under the Nile. Although many projects have been discussed throughout the continent, some partly funded, Cairo's metro remains the only one in Africa and/or the Middle East.
Another 12 mile extension to the same line is scheduled to open for revenue service next year. This one will terminate in a spot near the pyramids, helping to serve the growing number of tourists to the area.
Total cost of the city's metro scheme is estimated at $7 billion. The network now has two lines operating, serving 1.7 million passengers a day.