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.
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.