CAIRO: The 32nd round of the Pharaohs International Cross Country Rally kicked off Tuesday from the Mediterranean city of El Alamein.
More than 600 participants from 25 countries are taking part in the 2,375 kilometer-long-rally, scheduled to end near Giza pyramids Saturday.
This year’s rally is organized under the auspices of the Tourism Ministry, the Tourism Promotion Authority and the Automobile and Touring Club of Egypt.
Founded in 1982, the rally is a bike, quad, car and truck race which follows up the Rallye des Pharaons legendary competition and it is included in the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) World Championship as well as in the World Cup of Cross Country Rallies.
“The teams will drive to the Baharia Oasis in Egypt’s western desert where competitors will have to maneuver over some difficult terrain and rock formations going up and down steep sand dunes and across vast barren areas of the stunning desert,” according to the rally’s webpage.
Winners of previous rallies, including Saudi Yazeed Al Rajhi among the cars, Bolivian Chavo Salvatierra among the bikes and Polish Rafal Sonik among the quad, are scheduled to take part in this year’s edition.
El-Anany Hamouda, Security Director of Egypt’s Mediterranean city of Matrouh told Youm7 that tight security measures have been taken to secure the rally, its route and gathering points.
“Seventy sport utility vehicles, 30 motorcycles and two helicopters are monitoring the race to secure the event, in addition to four ambulances for medical care,” said Hamouda.