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In the (very old) news: the Aswan Dam

When I was a lowly first-year Arabic student many years ago, the textbook we used was this very austere-looking orange-colored tome called, austerely, Elementary Modern Standard Arabic 1… 601 more words


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Here's a little "this day in Middle East history" combined with an Arabic lesson, if you're interested. Construction on the Aswan Dam started in 1960 and was one of Gamal Abdel Nasser's great plans for the modernization/industrialization of Egypt. Built with Soviet aid (the US and UK both withdrew their support over Nasser's neutrality and, specifically, his decision to formally recognize the Communist government of China), the dam took a little over 10 years to build, and today is the 45th anniversary of its completion. The dam's impact on Egypt has been considerable, mostly via its electricity generation and the fact that it retains millions of cubic kilometers worth of water that would otherwise flow out to sea every year, protecting the country against droughts. Regulating the Nile floodplain also allowed Egypt to reclaim almost a million hectares of arable land, though by controlling the river the dam has caused a decrease in the sediment the river carries each year, which has sped up the erosion of the Nile Delta. One of its more interesting side effects involved the relocation of the rock temples at Abu Simbel, which would have been lost under the Lake Nasser, the reservoir created by the dam. The Abu Simbel temples were built by the Pharaoh Ramesses II in the 13th century BCE and are some of the most spectacular Ancient Egyptian structures. After considering and rejecting ideas for artificially raising the site on a man-made island and damming the lake to preserve the temple, the government hired a team of archeologists and engineers to cut the temples into large blocks, move them 200 meters away to the anticipated shore of the new lake, and reassemble them. It was probably one of the most remarkable engineering feats of the 20th century. [caption id="attachment_6106" align="alignnone" width="249"]One of the Abu Simbel temples being put back together in 1967 (via) One of the Abu Simbel temples being put back together in 1967 (via)[/caption] Hey, thanks for reading! If you come here often, and you like what I do, would you please consider contributing something (sorry, that page is a work in progress) to keeping this place running and me out of debtor’s prison? Thank you!

Photo of the week: Looking towards Sudan

I’ve always loved being in one country and looking to the next over the land or ocean, it mystical, and mysterious.

I sat on the banks of Lake Nasser, its the biggest man made lake in the world and across the water is the land of Sudan. 32 more words


Vacation Packages featuring the Temples of Abu Simbel in their itineraries (EgyptHotDeals.com )

The Temples of Abu Simbel were built over 3200 years by the Pharoah Ramses II to commemorate his victory over the Hittites. The 2 Temples were built by the Nile River in Upper Egypt bordering Sudan, The Larger Temple dedicated to Ramses II as God is 98 feet high and 115 feet wide.  166 more words

Egypt Holidays: 10 Must to Go Ancient Egyptian Temples

If you are planning for a family holiday, Egypt is one of the best venues around the globe to consider. As amongst the ideal countries to travel, Egypt is the home of past planets, stone monuments, temples, pyramids and many other scenic historical and natural destinations. 630 more words


Aswan and Abu Simbel Tours from Marsa Alam

Amuse Yourself with The Ancient Egyptian History at Upper Egypt with Aswan and Abu Simbel Tours from Marsa Alam, enjoy the Fascinating Aswan City, where you can visit the High Dam, Unfinished Obelisk and Philae Temple, then move to finish your tour at Abu Simbel Temple and More. 494 more words

Marsa Alam Excursions

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After the situation on the ship happens next; The ship arrives at Abu Simbel where the passengers can visit the temple. Linnet and Simon are resting in the sun when sliding rocks almost kill Linnet. 156 more words

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