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Travel back in history; visit Luxor the ancient city in Egypt and now the capital of the Luxor Governorate. Luxor is also popularly known as the largest open-air museum, as it houses the site for the ancient city of Thebes and ruins of the temple complexes at Karnak and Luxor. Modern day Luxor is made up of three distinct areas namely the bustling city center, the village of Karnak in northeast and the ancient relics of Thebes on the West Bank of the Nile River.

Year after year tourists from all over the world have visited this beautiful city. The main attraction of the city is the impressive Valley of Kings and the equally applauded Valley of Queens in ancient Thebes. This is where visitors can find the tombs of the royal families of the ancient times. Close to this is the Deir el-Medina or Artisan Village known for its ancient wall paintings and views of the past. Around the West Bank travelers can also visit the Colossi of Memnon that has two huge sandstone statues. Other notable sites on the West Bank include The Ramesseum, Medinet Habu, Malkata and Tombs of the Nobles.

Within the city center is the Temple of Luxor, the existence of which can be dated back to the New Kingdom Pharaoh Amenophis III. Also visit the Mummification Museum where visitors can learn about the process of mummification. The Luxor Museum has artifacts from the Theben temples. Other landmarks include the Temple of Merneptah and the Temple of the Seti 1, Luxor Heritage Center and the Mubarak Public Library.

The Karnak Open-Air Museum has several reconstructed historic landmarks. Don't miss to see the Hypostile Hall that features a light and sound show at night. Avenue of the Sphinxes is another important landmark, which is a must see. The latest attraction of Luxor is the balloon flight from where travelers can enjoy unparalleled views of the city. Visitors can also take a boat ride along the Nile River.

Most of the population in Luxor consists of Muslims and travelers can easily locate a Masjid. The oldest Masjid in the city is the Abu Haggag Masjid, which is built in the Luxor Temple. The Jummah Salaath is conducted around 12:15PM. The sermon is delivered in Arabic. The food served in most of the restaurants is generaly considered/assumed Halal. If in doubt, confirm with the locals before dining. Most of the local delicacies include meat and beans.

Shopping is an excellent experience in Luxor. The main areas to shop include the Savoy Mall and the old market or the Street Market close to the Luxor Temple where travelers can find antiques and souvenirs. On the West Bank too there are a few shops.

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Egypt Info

ADMINISTRATIVE / COMMERCIAL CAPITAL: Cairo

GEOGRAPHY

Egypt is the world's 30th largest country covering an area of 1,001,449 km2 . Twice the size of Spain, Egypt has coastlines on both the Mediterranean Sea and the Red Sea.

DEMOGRAPHY

A population of close to 80.8 Million. Muslims account for about 90% of the population.

CLIMATE

Mostly it is hot and warm during the day and cool at night. In Summer an average temperature of 30 °C (86 °F) in the coastal regions of the country. Winter temperatures average between 13 °C (55 °F) and 21 °C (70 °F) with rain fall.

LANGUAGES SPOKEN

Arabic is the official language. English and French are widely used as well.

LOCAL TIME

GMT+2 hrs throughout the year

BUSINESS HOURS

Government: 8 AM to 3 PM
General: 9 AM to 5 PM

HOLIDAYS
Independence Day: February 28th
Mother's Day: March 21st
May Day: May 1st
Egyptian Naval Day: October 21st

Muslim Festivals (Based on the lunar calandar):
Milad-un-Nabi
Id-ul-Fitr
Id-ul-Adha
Islamic New Year

CURRENCY

Egyptian Pound

IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS

Police/ Emergencies: 122
Medical: 123
Fire: 180

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