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Not a tour in the park:
Well paved, maintained and signposted - but the 481 km (299 miles) stretch of road that connects the popular tourist cities of Luxor and Hurghada is not without problems.
Cutting through mostly uninhabited, rugged desert terrain and bare hills, the Luxor-al-Hurghada highway has got a reputation as a favourite hunting ground for robbers and bandits, as well as for terrorists determined to undermine the country's tourism industry.
Tales of robberies, kidnappings, extortion and possible murders makes paranoid drivers cruise along the road at high speeds, for fear of meeting the shadowy thugs. There are virtually no lights along the highway, and things take a turn for the worse at night. Local drivers switch off their headlights not to be spotted in the dark, while driving at deadly speeds - with numerous head-on collisions as result.
However, there also are police checkpoints at regular intervals along the road. It is costantly under security agency surveillance, with speed-revealing cameras installed at renowned black spots, and traffic police patrol cars on high alert.
But by far the largest number of international visitors to Hurghada choose an entirely different road - the 5 km (3.1 mikes) long stretch from Hurghada International Airport to El-Dahar, the downtown of Hurghada. Or to whatever hotel in the highly attracting area they are booking into...