Aswan - Egypt

Aswan (Egyptian: Swenet (=trade); Coptic: ⲥⲟⲩⲁⲛ Swān; Greek: Συήνη Syene; Arabic: أسوان‎ Aswān; Spanish: Asuán) (24°05′N, 32°56′E, population 200,000) is a city in the south of Egypt, the capital of the Aswan Governorate. It stands on the east bank of the Nile at the first cataract and is a busy market and tourist center. It contains the island of ElephantineAswan is one of the driest inhabited places in the world; as of early 2001, the last rain there was six years earlier. As of 2 February 2008, the last rainfall was a thunderstorm on May 13, 2006. In Nubian s

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nitin_in_doon :

Hi, I'm looking for a place to stay in Aswan. I believe that the view of Nile from Memnon Hotel is excellent, the rooms are average and the entrance to the hotel is horrible ! Is that right? Why is everyone finding the entrance of the hotel so bad?? I would like to stay in a hotel with a nice Nile view in the mid-range group. Can you recommend any else? Many thanks in advance. Nitin India

sooraj :
"Visit the following link for more details. Cheers."
dodo :
"i heared that it is agood hotel"
sistablu :
"The Memnon's entrance is via a small alley, and the hotel itself is actually above a bank. So that is most likely the reason you have been give a poor report about the entrance. The rooms are quite small, but it is very clean. It is located in a prime position on the Corniche de Nile so, as long as you request a front room you will get a splendid view of the Nile. Another option worth considering is, The Sarah Hotel. It is built on a hilltop over looking the Nile. Along with a spectacular panorama of the Western Desert on one side, it can proberly boast it has the best views of the First Cataract on the Nile you will get. The only problem is is not right in town. It is located 1k past the Nubian Museum. There is also one of my favorites,also recomended by the Lonely Planet's guide to Egypt. Although it is lower in price than the other two,and is called a budget hotel rather than a midrange one. The only reason that I can judge the classification is that,the rooms have no television. The hotel is The Hathor, a small, privately owned hotel with only 36 rooms. It has a lovely roof-top terrace and swimming pool. The rooms are small but clean. All have a/c. which is a nessesity in Aswan most of the year.The room's also have an ensuite bathroom. Best of all it has, what are among the best views of the Nile you will get from any hotel,right in Aswan. It is also right on the Corniche De Nile. There is also, one of the most famous and historic hotels in all Egypt.I must give mention to it,for it is an Aswan landmark. The Old Cataract Hotel,located right on the Nile. It is a splendid moorish style hotel,surrounded by gardens. It is right from the Agatha Christie murder/thriller novel and also a film,Death on The Nile.Agatha Christie also stayed there and wrote part of the famous novel while sitting on the terrace. If you can afford its top end price, then it would be hard to go past it and recommend you stay anywhere else. If like most of us, it is just a little bit beyond your financial boundries.Then make sure you a least go there for a traditional, gin and bitter lemon. Just take some time,and sit sipping it on the terrace,relax and gaze at the Nile going by in true 1930's style. Hoping this has give you some assistance. I am sure you will enjoy a memorable holiday in Egypt."
Habtamu D :

Dear all, Please send me if you have a pdf format or scanned attachment or text that shows the Optimization Model for Operation of Aswan High Dam Reservoir. While surfing the internet, I noted there is a book on this issue. I need to know the process of formulating an optimization model for the operation of the Aswan High Dam Reservior.

da_hammerhead :
"Don't have it, sorry."
DinoFear :

After the Aswan High Dam was build, there was some negative impact to the lives of fishermen and farmers. So why do they still want to build the Aswan High Dam???

Tinamou :
"Uhm, they didn't build the dam at mouth of the river. Aswan is the ancient city of Swenet, which was in antiquity the frontier town of Egypt to the south. Because the Egyptians oriented towards the south, Aswan was the first town in the country, and Egypt was always conceived to open or begin at Aswan. They build the dam to generate electricity, to protect against flooding, and to have a source of water for irrigation."
Ned the Cat :
"I thought the Aswan High Dam was completed in the 1960s and is located up river? The main reason must be the power demand continues to rise as Egypt's population grows."
chris g :
"They didn't. The dam is in the mountains, perhaps 800 km upstream from the mouth, judging by the google map of Egypt. The dam was built in the 1960's, with aid from the USSR, to provide electricity and to stop the annual floods downstream. Unfortunately, the annual floods were the source that replenished the fertile soil the farmers used, so the ongoing decrease in fertility is or will be a problem at some point. The lakes created by the dam will ultimately fill in with all the silt which would have washed downstream, and in one or two hundred years the lake might turn into new farm land. Maybe. For the time being it has stabilized agricultural production in traditional farming regions and irrigation has meant new areas are put into production. Which is a good thing. Many ancient archaeological sites were covered over by the reservoir's water after the dam was completed, and now will never be explored. That's unfortunate. If they hadn't built the dam, poverty and other problems would be more widespread than they are now. Life goes on, and people do the best they can do with what they have."
Wayne B :
"The Aswan Dam was built in the 1960s and was built upstream of the delta. The building of the dam did alter the dynamics and eco-system of the river, though."

 

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cybiao
Date: 2008-02-04 21:40:13

Guide to Egypt Travel, Tours, Egypt travel information and tour information, Egypt tours & travel, egypt holiday, Egypt vacation, Guided and custom trips to Egypt include Nile Cruises, Cairo, Aswan, Luxor. Private tours for budget and luxury travelers by private car & guide.


anarmyofme
Date: 2008-02-04 21:40:13

The unfinished Obelisk Quarry in Aswan, Egypt, has a canal that may have connected to the Nile and allowed the large stone monuments to float to their permanent locations, according to an international team of researchers.


alexisthemovie
Date: 2008-02-04 21:40:13

Funny photo from an Aswan restaurant...where you can get your chicken with something unexpected!


ac_sites
Date: 2008-02-04 21:40:13

ASWAN, Egypt -- Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Sunday she raised U.S. criticism of Egyptian democracy efforts with President Hosni Mubarak. [I'm thinking maybe we should have our own "internal security ans human rights" act together before we make fools of ourselves criticizing others.]




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