Escorted by units of the Arab Legion - the elite of the Jordanian Army - King Hussein opened a highway across the desert from Amman to Aqaba Nov 10.
GV. New highway.
GV. Ditto, sign in foreground.
GV. Armed guard on roadside.
GV. Armed guard on opposite side as cars pass.
GV. Mass crowd gathered for opening ceremony.
GV. Hussein arrives.
LV.PAN. Delegates applaud, King steps from car.
SV. King takes salute.
SV. King walks forward, cuts ribbon.
GV. Crowd around King as he walks to car.
GV. Ditto with armed escort in FG.
GV. King, escort on to highway.
RGV. King, escort along highway.
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Background: Escorted by units of the Arab Legion - the elite of the Jordanian Army - King Hussein opened a highway across the desert from Amman to Aqaba Nov 10.
King Hussein, wearing civilian clothes, looked at slight figure in contrast to his tail uniformed Legionaries as he cut the ceremonial ribbon, then drove along the road escorted by jeeps and machine-gunners.
The highway has eight bridges in its 210 kilometre-run to Maan where it joins the existing road to Aqaba. Built at a cost of some GBP2 million the highway is a leap forward in Jordan's economy, providing throughout the year a fast, safe link between the capital and the country's only port.