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Motor tricycles witness rapid development of Chinese-built container yard in Egypt

Updated: 2023-10-25
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Abu Qir Container Terminal

The Tuk Tuk, the Egyptian name for the motor tricycle, has sprung up across Alexandria, the country's second largest city by the Mediterranean Sea, since the opening of a Chinese-built container yard at the Abu Qir Container Terminal in March 2021.

The container yard project is built by the China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC), a subsidiary of the China Communications Construction Company (CCCC).

The construction of the container yard has created over 2,000 direct employment opportunities for Egypt and dramatically boosted the country's economic and social development.

The Tuk Tuk-brand of motor tricycles has become the first choice for many Egyptian people in Alexandria to make a living, though it is a headache for local traffic management departments to regulate the transport market and ensure the safety of passengers.

There are always lots of Tuk Tuk-brand motor tricycles and other types of vehicles waiting for their customers at the exits of the construction site of the container yard.

The driving of Tuk Tuk-brand motor tricycles and the engagement in other odd jobs have brought local people a giant increase in income, according to locals during interviews.

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Abu Qir Container Terminal

At present, the motor tricycles have grown into an integral part of the daily life of many people in Alexandria. They have also become a witness to the closer economic cooperation between China and Egypt.

It is anticipated that upon its completion, the Chinese-built container yard will handle 1.6 million standard containers per year, drive the integrated development between the container terminal and nearby areas, and advance the industrial upgrading and sustainable development of the local economy.

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