Russia celebrates 64th anniversary of Aswan High Dam in Cairo

Reham El-Adawi , Thursday 18 Jan 2024

The Russian Cultural Centre commemorated the 64th anniversary of the laying of the foundation stone of the Aswan High Dam on 15 January at its Tchaikovsky Theatre in Dokki, Cairo.

Sherif Gad, Marat Gatin and Sabry El-Ashmawy grant shields of recognition to the High Dam builders (photo credit of the Russian Centre)


The High Dam foundation stone was laid on 9 January 1960, marking the beginning of one of the greatest projects in the 20th century.

On the occasion, the centre welcomed a large number of High Dam builders, engineers and technicians, who came over from different governorates despite their health condition.

Attending the event were Marat Gatin, director of the Russian Cultural Centres in Egypt, engineer Sabry El-Ashmawy, president of the High Dam Builders Association, and Counsellor Sherif El-Guindy, chairman of the Beit Al-Aila Forum.

Also present were former health minister Amr Helmy, former manpower minister Kamal Abu Aita, former head of the Egyptian TV Suzanne Hassan, and head of the Egyptian Association of Graduates of Russian and Soviet Universities Sherif Gad.

Former minister of Manpower Kamal Abu Aita, former Head of the Egyptian TV Suzanne Hassan attending the celebration 

Heads of political parties, leading writers and journalists, and guests from Arab countries were also in attendance.

"The High Dam is on top of the joint achievements between Russia and Egypt," said Gatin, as the dam builders were greeted with a round of applause.

"Today, we are building a new dam through the Dabaa project," he added.

While El-Ashmawy hailed the dam for protecting Egypt from droughts and floods for decades, Gad disclosed that the Egyptian will was strong enough to complete the construction after the Americans expected Egypt and Russia to fail in completing the dam.

A documentary film was screened about the historical moments during the diversion of the Nile River in the presence of late president Gamal Abdel-Nasser and Soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev.

Several artistic shows and patriotic songs were performed to celebrate the occasion.

Shields of recognition were handed out to the dam builders.

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