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On his way to Edfu, Ibn Battuta crossed several cities. Some of them were the lovely towns of Minya and Qina. Ibn Battuta was highly impressed by the beauty and the architecture of the buildings in Minya.

Minya is located on the western banks of the Nile and houses several historic buildings and monuments. The city is also called as the "Bride of Upper Egypt" because it is exclusively located in Middle Egypt. During the 10th and 11th centuries, Minya saw a lot of expansion and this is when the EL-Lamaty and EL-Amrawy masaajid were built. When Ibn Battuta visited the city he was in awe at the modernization and extensive development of the city.

The tree lined Corniche in the city is a lovely sight to see. The new Minya Museum in the city houses several artefacts giving visitors more information about the area. The Suzanne Mubarak Centre for Arts is an excellent place to learn more about arts. There are also several tombs in the outskirts of the city that travellers could visit.

Visitors should surely enjoy the beautiful nightfall in the city. As soon as the lights of the city sparkle they are reflected in the Nile River offering a great view. The city offers lovely sceneries for travellers to have a great time.

Qina also located in Upper Egypt is on the eastern banks of Nile. The city has a beautiful network of roads, highways and green pavements. Qina has extensive Islamic heritage and also a famous Masjid, the Sheikh el-Qenawi Masjid in the centre of the city.

Travellers concerned find a number of halal restaurants serving Arabian and western cuisines.

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Egypt Info



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.


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


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.


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


GMT+2 hrs throughout the year


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

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):
Islamic New Year


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Medical: 123
Fire: 180

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