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Luxor

Luxor is the capital of the Luxor Governorate in Upper (southern) Egypt. The city has a population of 487,896 people (2010 estimate), and covers an area of around 416 square kilometers (161 sq mi).

Luxor has long been referred to be the “world’s biggest open-air museum” due to the presence of the remains of the Karnak and Luxor temple complexes inside the current city. Immediately opposite, across the Nile, are the West Bank Necropolis’s monuments, temples, and tombs, which include the Valley of the Kings and Queens.

Thousands of visitors from all over the globe visit these sites each year, significantly contributing to the contemporary city’s economy.

Luxor – Info Card

POPULATION : 506,588
FOUNDED :  
TIME ZONE : 
LANGUAGE : Arabic (official), English and French widely understood by educated classes
RELIGION : Muslim (mostly Sunni) 90%, Coptic 9%, other Christian 1%
AREA : 416 km2 (161 sq mi)
ELEVATION : 76 m (249 ft)
COORDINATES : 25°41′N 32°39′E
SEX RATIO : Male: 50.22
 Female: 49.78
ETHNIC : Egyptian 99.6%, other 0.4%
AREA CODE : 
POSTAL CODE : 85511
DIALING CODE : (+20) 95
WEBSITE : official website

Tourism in Luxor

Luxor is the most popular tourist attraction in Upper Egypt (southern Egypt) and the Nile Valley. Luxor, Egypt’s dynastic and religious capital, has plenty to offer the traveler, from massive temples to old royal tombs, via breathtaking desert and river landscapes to a busy contemporary life.

Luxor is to be transformed into a gigantic open-air museum as part of a contentious tourist development proposal. The master plan calls for the construction of new roads, five-star hotels, glamorous stores, and an IMAX theater. The centerpiece is a $11 million initiative to uncover and rebuild the 2.7-kilometer-long (1.7-mile-long) Avenue of Sphinxes that originally connected Luxor and Karnak temples. The ancient processional route was constructed by Amenhotep III and completed by Nectanebo I about 400 BCE. Over a thousand sphinx sculptures lined the road that is now being dug due to silt, residences, mosques, and churches. Excavation began in 2004.

Climate of Luxor

Luxor, like the rest of Egypt, has a hot desert environment. Aswan and Luxor have the warmest summer days of any Egyptian city. Aswan and Luxor have a similar climate. Luxor is one of the world’s hottest, sunniest, and driest cities. During the summer (June, July, and August), average high temperatures exceed 40 °C (104 °F), while average low temperatures stay above 22 °C (72 °F). Average high temperatures stay over 22.0 °C (71.6 °F) during the coldest month of the year, while average low temperatures remain above 5 °C (41 °F).

Luxor’s climate is drier than most other sites in the Sahara, with an average annual precipitation of less than 1 mm (0.04 in). The desert city is one of the driest in the world, with rainfall occurring only on a seasonal basis. Luxor’s air is mostly dry, although significantly more humid than Aswan’s. The average relative humidity is 39.9 percent, ranging from 57 percent in the winter to 27 percent in the summer.

Luxor’s climate is very clear, bright, and sunny throughout the year, with little seasonal change and around 4,000 hours of yearly sunlight, which is quite near to the theoretical maximum.

Additionally, Luxor, Minya, Sohag, Qena, and Asyut have the largest temperature variation between day and night of any city in Egypt, at about 16 °C (29 °F).

The highest temperature ever recorded was 50 °C (122 °F) on May 15, 1991, while the lowest temperature ever recorded was 1 °C (30 °F) on February 6, 1989.

Economy of Luxor

Luxor’s economy, like many other Egyptian towns, is highly reliant on tourism. Additionally, a large number of people labor in agriculture, namely sugarcane.

The local economy was devastated by the 1997 Luxor massacre, which claimed the lives of 64 people (including 59 visiting tourists), making it Egypt’s worst terrorist act at the time (before the Sharm el-Sheikh terrorist attacks). For many years after the incident, visitor numbers declined. Following the 2011 Arab Spring, tourism to Egypt fell precipitously, hurting local tourist businesses once more.

Many produce their own food to compensate for financial gaps. The bulk of its population are familiar with goat’s cheese, pigeons, subsidized and home-baked bread, and fresh tomatoes.

Internet, Comunication in Luxor

Phone

Luxor town offers four service centers, which enables travelers to avoid the sometimes exorbitant prices paid by hotels and mobile phone providers for international phone calls.

The major telephone company is located on Sharia Karnak, just across from the souqs and practically directly across from the Emilio Hotel. It is open 24 hours a day. Another, smaller branch is located on the Corniche, beneath the grand sweeping entrance to the Old Winter Palace Hotel (open 0800-2000); a third telephone office is located at the railway station (open 0800-2000); and a fourth telephone office is located in Sheraton Street, directly across from the DHL office.

To use your mobile phone in Luxor, it is recommended that you visit the Vodafone store at the bottom of Television Street. You may get a Holiday Sim Card for 25LE and avoid any roaming expenses, including international calls. Simply top up the card as needed. If your phone has been ‘locked’ by your carrier, they will advise you on where to unlock it for a price of between 30-50LE.

Alternatively, get a local SIM card at the Orange store opposite the Pyramisa Isis Hotel; here, special tourist lines are available for a few days. Additionally, microsimcards for iPhone 4 and iPad users (prepaid) are available, allowing you to utilize 3G at local Egyptian rates throughout your vacation.

Internet

There are several locations throughout Luxor town where visitors may use the internet for email and surfing – in recent years, businesses large and small have ventured into cyberspace as a new sort of cottage industry. Compare prices; 1 LE for an hour or 0.5LE for half is often accepted.

Post

The main post office in Luxor town is located on Sharia al-Mahatta, at the junction of Sharia al-Karnak. Daily from 0830-1430.

In the Tourist Bazaar, there is a small post office.

How To Travel To Luxor

BY PLAINLuxor International Airport serves as a stopover for flights to and from Europe and the Middle East, as well as the primary southern hub for domestic flights inside Egypt. Direct charters from Europe (for example, London Gatwick) are prevalent during the winter peak season.EgyptAir operates one-hour flights from...

How To Get Around In Luxor

BY BICYCLELuxor is teeming with bike rental outlets, and many hotels also loan out bicycles. Rental costs range from 5LE to 20LE, depending on your negotiating abilities, the relative demand for motorcycles that day, and the quality of the bike in issue. Check the tires and be cautious of...

Districts & Neighbourhoods In Luxor

Although Luxor is a small place by Egyptian standards, it is rather expansive. It naturally separates into sections on each side of the Nile.EAST BANKThe town, the Luxor Temple, the Karnak Temple, museums, trains, hotels, and restaurants are all within walking distance.WEST BANKThe major ruins, which include the Valley...

Prices In Luxor

Tourist (Backpacker) In Luxor - 34 $ per day. Estimated cost per 1 day including:meals in cheap restaurant, public transport, cheap hotel.Tourist (regular) In Luxor - 81 $ per day. Estimated cost per 1 day including:mid-range meals and drinks,transportation, hotel.MARKET / SUPERMARKETMilk1 liter$1.05Tomatoes1 kg$0.40Cheese0.5 kg$3.10Apples1 kg$2.00Oranges1 kg$0.82Beer (domestic)0.5 l$Bottle...

Sights & Landmarks In Luxor

Luxor, West Bankthe Colossi of Memnon, free admission, view from the roadsideMedinet HabuMedinet Habu (the Mortuary Temple of Ramesses III), admission LE 20 - theMortuary Temple of Ramesses IIIValley of the KingsValley of the Queensthe Tomb of Nefertarithe Tomb of AmunhirkhepeshefDeir el Medinehadmission LE25the Workmens' Villagethe Tomb of Inherkathe Tomb of Senedjemthe Tomb of Pesheduthe Ptolemaic TempleGurnaThe Ramesseum is the popular name...

Museums & Galleries In Luxor

Luxor MuseumOpen daily from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. from October to April, and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m On the Corniche el-Nil, about midway between Luxor and Karnak temples. A tiny yet high-quality antiquity collection,...

Things To Do In Luxor

Walk through the desert and over the cliffs from the Valley of the Queens to the Valley of the Kings.Hire a bike and ride around Ancient Thebes - the journey takes less than 15 minutes.A local felucca ride soon before dusk should cost about LE 30 per hour (for...

Food & Restaurants In Luxor

Luxor is a vegetarian haven, with an abundance of fresh seasonal vegetables like as tomato and cucumber.Pita bread and mezze like as baba ganoush or taboulé are often served to begin a meal.Your main meal may consist of beef or poultry, as well as regional specialties like pigeon or...

Coffee & Drinks in Luxor

There is a social stigma associated with public inebriation. Although Egyptians sometimes opt to disregard this, a foreigner being intoxicated in public might create a negative image. The majority of local bars are testosterone-filled hard-drinking places where lone outsiders, particularly lone women, may feel unwelcome.Having said that, there are...

Shopping in Luxor

Luxor has at least two distinct marketplaces. One is in an air-conditioned hall with stores on each side. This market hall serves as a hub for two important thoroughfares.The older market occupies numerous alleys in the vicinity of the Luxor temple. It's a pleasure to stroll through, since it's...

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