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The Grand Canal in Venice is one of the most famous waterways Image Credit: Stock photo/Pixabay

Earlier this month, Egypt announced plans to widen and deepen part of the Suez Canal where a container ship ran aground and blocked the busy waterway.

While the canal is one of the world’s most heavily used shipping lanes, which other canals can you name?

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The Suez Canal has a deep connection with the earliest canals ever made. These waterways have been constructed for centuries, with the first one built purely for water transport by the Iranian emperor Darius I in around 520 BC. He linked the Nile with the Red Sea – a forerunner of the modern-day Suez Canal.

A giant container ship blocked the Suez Canal earlier this month, throwing the shipping industry into a state of crisis Image Credit: Muhammad Nahas/Gulf News

The Chinese were also master builders and had already linked their major rivers with a series of canals by the third century BC.

Can you name the country in which the ‘Great Man-Made River’, the world’s largest irrigation project, supplies 70 per cent of fresh water to citizens (6-Across)? Or provide the Arabic word for ‘channel’ (23-Across)?

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