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The High Dam in Aswan | Aswan Excursions and Day Tours

  • 05 16, 2023

The High Dam in Aswan

General Muhammad Naguib led the Egyptian Revolutionary Council at the time, which decided to construct a new dam on the Nile River after the Free Officers' 1952 revolution. Its concept was the work of Greek-Egyptian engineer Adrian Daninos.
Aswan High Dam construction got a final boost in 1956, despite the fact that the project started to take shape in 1952 under Gamal Abdel Nasser's government.

Aswan High Dam was started in 1960 and completed in 1971 forming a huge reservoir called Lake Nasser comprising above one hundred and fifty-seven cubic meters of water, named after the former Egyptian President Nasser, was filled in 1979. sometimes tourists like to go see the dam during their Aswan day tours.

One of the biggest embankment dams in the world was constructed across the Nile in Aswan, Egypt, Since 1979, it has been known as the Aswan High Dam.

The plan was made by German companies and was carried out by Russian companies.

The High Dam Aswan generates average electricity that can meet more than half of the country's needs, as well as allows the development distribution of electricity at low cost even in the most remote regions. The hydroelectric plant is currently the most powerful in Africa, although it may no longer be so in a few years; in Ethiopia, a dam known as the "Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam" is under construction on the Blue Nile. High Dam Aswan Egypt tourist importance in Egypt tours is no less important than its economic importance.

What to visit in Aswan after the High Dam?

The High Dam construction marked the appearance of Lake Nasser, an artificial lake 500 kilometers long and 16 kilometers wide, with a total of 6,000 square kilometers of water, making it the largest artificial lake ever built by mankind. The flooded area caused the movement of over 90,000 inhabitants of Nubia and 24 monuments, the most important of which are those of Abu Simbel temples that were built by the legendary King Ramses II of the 19th dynasty for himself and his wife Queen Nefertari, and Philae Temple which is dedicated to the worship of Goddess Isis and has been moved to the Island of Agilika.

Queen Nefertari

Besides the dam itself, another tourist attraction is the Kalabsha Temple, located on the western bank of Lake Nasser. The temple was to be moved here before the flooding of the lake basin. The temple, dating back to the Ptolemaic era, was dedicated to the worship of Mandulis, a god of ancient Nubia. The high dam is heavily guarded since it would wash most of Egypt into the Mediterranean if it collapsed. The High Dam is a lamp that illuminates the surroundings of Egypt's landmarks that can be discovered on your day tours in Egypt. A highly qualified guide from Cairo Top Tours will accompany you every step of the way.

With its ability to control river flow, store water, and generate hydroelectric power, the Aswan High Dam has greatly benefited Egypt and opened up new opportunities for industrial and agricultural growth.

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Egypt Tours FAQ

Read top Egypt tours FAQs

Egypt is a great place to visit! The people there are nice and will help you if you need anything. The cities are usually safe, but it is important to plan ahead and be careful. Crime is not very common, especially in places where tourists go. Therefore, you don't have to worry about being safe when you visit Egypt.

Plan carefully if you intend to visit the Aswan Dam on Fridays when it closes early at 2pm due to religious observances. The Aswan Dam is open daily from 8 am to 5 pm. 

The Nile Cruise takes 4 days to travel from Aswan to Luxor and 5 days to travel from Luxor to Aswan.

A visit to the High Dam is considered a unique and fun experience, as from the top of the dam, impressive for its size, you can enjoy panoramic views of the lake and the surrounding desert. The Aswan High Dam transformed Egypt's Nile Valley and created the enormous Lake Nasser while it was being built to control the annual flooding of the Nile River.

Aswan offers a variety of activities to explore, including visiting the Nubian Village, taking a camel ride, visiting a Nubian House, relaxing by the Nile River, shopping at the Souk, enjoying sound and light shows at historical sites like Philae Temple and Abu Simbel, tasting Nubian cuisine, participating in a felucca cooking class, and visiting the Aswan Botanical Garden. These activities allow visitors to immerse themselves in Nubian culture, interact with locals, and learn about their traditions, crafts, and way of life. Visitors can also enjoy the scenic views and the opportunity to shop at the Souk, where bargaining is common.


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