New Valley Governorate

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
New Valley Governorate
Flag of New Valley Governorate
New Valley Governorate on the map of Egypt
New Valley Governorate on the map of Egypt
Coordinates: 24°32′44″N 27°10′24″E / 24.54556°N 27.17333°E / 24.54556; 27.17333Coordinates: 24°32′44″N 27°10′24″E / 24.54556°N 27.17333°E / 24.54556; 27.17333
Country  Egypt
Seat Kharga (capital)
 • Governor Mohammed Salman Mousa Al-Zamlout [2]
 • Total 376,505 km2 (145,369 sq mi)
Population (January 2018)
 • Total 245,000[1]
Time zone UTC+2 (EET)
Website New Valley Governorate
Kharga Oasis, with the Temple of Hibis; the Western Desert cliffs at the back

New Valley Governorate or Elwadi ElGedid Governorate (Egyptian Arabic: محافظة الوادي الجديد[moˈħɑfzet elˈwæːdi lɡɪˈdiːd], Muḥāfẓet El Wādī El Ǧedīd) is one of the governorates of Egypt. It is in the southwestern part of the country, in Egypt's Western Desert (part of the Sahara Desert), between the Nile, northern Sudan, and southeastern Libya.

Consisting of roughly a third of Egypt's area, the New Valley Governorate is the country's largest governorate and one of the biggest subnational divisions on the African continent. The capital is at the Kharga Oasis.


According to population estimates from 2015, the majority of residents in the governorate live in rural areas, with an urbanization rate of only 48.0%. Out of an estimated 225,416 people residing in the governorate, 117,180 people live in rural areas as opposed to only 108,236 in urban areas.[3]

According to Egypt in figures 2018 publication by Central Agency for Public Mobilization And Statics CAPMAS ; New Valley( Elwadi ElGedid ) Population is 245,000 [4]


  • Kharga: population 67,700
  • Mut[5]

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:[6]

  • Al Kharga
  • Heavy industrial zone - El Dakhla
  • Heavy industrial zone - Wadi Waer West


2011 Egyptian revolution

Violent clashes were reported in the New Valley Governorate on February 8–9, 2011 as part of the 2011 Egyptian revolution. Protesters set fire to police stations and the National Democratic Party building. Multiple deaths were reported in addition to hundreds of injuries amid claims that the police opened fire on protesters in Kharga Oasis with live ammunition.[7][8]

Major oases[edit]


  • Manufacturing of palm dates
  • Tourism and safaris
  • Agricultural activities (around oases)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "الجهاز المركزي للتعبئة العامة والإحصاء". Retrieved 10 October 2018.
  2. ^ "رسمياً.. المحافظون الجدد ونوابهم يؤدون اليمين الدستورية أمام الرئيس". Almasry Alyoum (in Arabic). 30 August 2018.
  3. ^ "Population Estimates By Sex & Governorate 1/1/2015" (PDF). CAPMAS. Retrieved 23 October 2016.
  4. ^ "Egypt in Figures 2018".
  5. ^ "Population Estimates By Sex & Governorate 1/1/2015" (PDF). CAPMAS. Retrieved 17 October 2016.
  6. ^ "Investment Regimes, Industrial Zones of Governorate". Ministry of Investment Egypt. Archived from the original on 30 October 2016. Retrieved 30 October 2016.
  7. ^
  8. ^ Fahim, Kareem. "Protesters in Egypt Regain Initiative as Workers Strike." The New York Times. 2/9/2011. Accessed 2/9/2011.

External links[edit]