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Located in southern Egypt, Aswan is thought to be the sunniest city of the country and is located below the Aswan Dam and Lake Nasser. The city has a laidback atmosphere and is smaller than Cairo and Luxor. There are several granite quarries and is famous for its Nubian and for being the ancient getaway to Africa. The expanse of the Nile River around the city is very scenic, as it flows through several boulders of granite.

Aswan has a number of Masaajid with the main being the El-Tabia Masjid. The Masjid is located in the center of the city atop a hill. The Jummah Salaath is prayed between 12:15PM and 1:15PM; the sermon is conducted in Arabic and prayer rooms are available for women.

Aswan has numerous Halal restaurants where travelers can taste a wide range of cuisines varying from Arabian, Syrian Middle Eastern and Western. Some of the restaurants in the city include the Al-Masry Restaurant, Chef Khalil, Madena Restaurant and Nubian House.

Aswan has developed tremendously as a travel destination. Cruising along the Nile in the felucca boat is one of the best activities that visitors enjoy in Aswan. Close to central Aswan in the Nile there are three islands with the Elephantine Island being the biggest. This island houses the Nubian Villages of Koti and Siou. There are a number of historic attractions on the island. Travelers can visit the Aswan Museum and the Ruins of Abu on the island.

The Sehel Island is also worth visiting; the main appeal of the island is handmade beaded jewelry, which also makes a famous souvenir for travelers to carry back. The Kitchener's Island houses the Aswan Botanical Gardens, which has over 400 varieties of exotic vegetation and seasonal flowers.

The High Dam is one of the most visited places in the city. The dam was built on the River Nile to control the summer flooding. Travelers can also enjoy camel rides on the west bank of the Nile. Other attractions of Aswan include the Nubian Museum and the Unfinished Obelisk, which has been carved from bedrock. There are regular trips from Aswan to Abu Simbel.

On the West Bank of Nile there are several tombs of historical significance. Some of the important landmarks include Tombs of the Nobles, Kubbet el-Hawa and the Mausoleum of Mohammed Shah Aga Khan.

Aswan has some beautiful souqs for travelers to shop. The Sharia as-Souq is one of the most vibrant markets in Egypt.

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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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