Hurghada and Safaga in total blackout for half an hour
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CAIRO: The cities of Hurghada and Safaga experienced a total blackout Friday night due to a power outage that lasted for half an hour, a source inside the Red Sea Electric Networks company told The Cairo Post Saturday.

“There was no power from 8 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.,” the source added. According to the company’s statement published on Facebook Friday, a technical problem occurred in the electrical substations between the governorates of the Red Sea and its eastern neighbor Qena.

The area, which depends heavily on tourism, resorted to generators in order to prevent the outage from affecting hotels and resorts. However, there has been a constant power failure crisis nationwide, and tourists are increasingly complaining about the lights going out.

“Daily electric power failure occurs not for long time,” one user stated in a review of a hotel in Hurghada on Trip Advisor last August.

“Power outages are not uncommon—just remember you’re holidaying in a developing nation so be considerate,” said another review of the Jaz Aquamarine resort in July.

Power was previously cut on Wednesday in several areas of Hurghada due to maintenance work on substations, the Canal Company for Electricity Distribution reported on its website a day ahead on Sept. 16.

Given its status as a tourism destination, the Red Sea governorate has largely been exempted from nationwide rolling blackouts affecting the rest of the country.

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