Luxor Governorate

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Luxor Governorate
Flag of Luxor Governorate
Flag
Official logo of Luxor Governorate
Luxor Governorate on the map of Egypt
Luxor Governorate on the map of Egypt
Country Egypt
SeatLuxor (capital)
Government
 • GovernorMustafa Mohamed Alhem Khaled [1]
Area
 • Total2,960 km2 (1,140 sq mi)
Population
(January 2018)
 • Total1,270,000[4]
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
Websitehttp://www.luxor.gov.eg

Luxor Governorate (Egyptian Arabic: محافظة الأقصرMuḥāfẓet El Loʾṣor) has been one of Egypt's governorates since 7 December 2009, when former president Hosni Mubarak announced its separation from the Qena Governorate.[5] It is located 635 km south of Cairo. It is currently the smallest governorate in Egypt, spanning approximately 5 km from north to south, and 1.5 km from east to west, and lies in Upper Egypt along the Nile. The city of Luxor is the capital of the Luxor governorate. The government is studying the possibility of extending the boundaries of the governorate to include the neighboring towns of Armant and Esna.

Overview[edit]

Despite the governorate being one of the top destinations for tourists in Egypt,[3] the poverty rate is more than 60% in this governorate but recently some social safety networks have been provided in the form of financial assistance and job opportunities. The funding has been coordinated by the country's Ministry of Finance and with assistance from international organizations.[6]

Municipal divisions[edit]

The governorate is divided into the following municipal divisions with a total estimated population as of July 2017 of 1,255,703. In some instances there is a markaz and a kism with the same name.[7][8]

Municipal Divisions
Anglicized name Native name Arabic transliteration Population
(July 2017 Est.)
Type
Qurna مركز القرنه Al-Qarnah 165,016 Markaz
Luxor قسم الأقصر Al-Uqṣur 243,817 Kism (fully urban)
Luxor مركز الأقصر Al-Uqṣur 165,928 Markaz
Armant مركز أرمنت Armant 174,774 Markaz
Esna مركز إسنا Isnā 432,908 Markaz
Tiba مركز شرطة طيبة Shurṭah Ṭībah 73,260 Markaz

Emblem[edit]

The emblem of Luxor represents the bust of Tutankhamun on board of an Ancient Egyptian canoe boat, cruising in the Nile, with an obelisk and the sun light in the background.

Geography[edit]

The governorate's total area is 55 km2, representing 0.24% of the country's area.

Population[edit]

At the 2012 census, the population of the area which in 2009 was formed into the new Luxor Governorate was 1,064,000 people. 47.4% of them lived in urban areas, while 52.6% lived in rural areas. The annual population growth rate is 18.2 per thousand. Population estimates from 2015 puts the same figure at 1,147,058 with an urbanization rate of 37.8%.[9]

Industrial zones[edit]

According to the Egyptian Governing Authority for Investment and Free Zones (GAFI), in affiliation with the Ministry of Investment (MOI), the following industrial zones are located in this governorate:[10]

  • El Boghdadi
  • (New urban community industrial zone) New Tiba

References[edit]

  1. ^ "رسمياً.. المحافظون الجدد ونوابهم يؤدون اليمين الدستورية أمام الرئيس". Almasry Alyoum (in Arabic). 30 August 2018. Archived from the original on 2018-08-31. Retrieved 2018-08-31.
  2. ^ "Luxor Governorate". sis.gov.eg. Retrieved 11 December 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Governorate in brief". luxor.gov.eg.
  4. ^ "Population Estimates By Governorate ( Urban /Rural ) 1/1/2018". www.capmas.gov.eg. Archived from the original on 2018-11-02. Retrieved 10 October 2018.
  5. ^ Luxor announced Egypt’s 29th governorate Archived 2010-02-13 at the Wayback Machine., report of Daily News Egypt of 7 December 2009.
  6. ^ "Social Solidarity Ministry to provide citizens with disabilities financial support". Egypt Independent. 25 July 2017. Retrieved 11 December 2018.
  7. ^ "Luxor Governorates Subdivisions". CityPopulation.de. Archived from the original on 2018-11-25. Retrieved 2018-11-24.
  8. ^ "Markazes of Egypt". statoids.com. Gwillim Law. Archived from the original on 2017-10-19. Retrieved 26 November 2018.
  9. ^ "Population Estimates By Sex & Governorate 1/1/2015" (PDF). CAPMAS. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2015-10-19. Retrieved 23 October 2016.
  10. ^ "Industrial Zones of Governorate". Ministry of Investment Egypt. Archived from the original on 2018-11-23. Retrieved 23 November 2018.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 25°41′N 32°39′E / 25.683°N 32.650°E / 25.683; 32.650