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  • Hours: Open daily
  • Admission: 8 L.E.


Aswan High Dam

Built in the 1960s, the Aswan High Dam was an engineering marvel at the time and changed the face of Egypt. It increased the cultivable land by 30% and doubled Egypt's available electricity supply. It also created Lake Nasser, at the time the world's largest artificial lake, which would have covered the important Abu Simbel Temple monuments if not for the support of UNESCO and a worldwide appeal for funds to move them to higher ground, a massive feat which was successfully achieved.

The dam itself is massive, containing 18 times the material used to build the famous Pyramid of Cheops at Giza. It is 11,811 feet (3,600 meters) long, 3,215 ft (980 m) thick at the base, and 364 ft (111 m) tall. Today, it provides visitors with wonderful views up and down the Nile River.

Practical Info

The dam is near Aswan, at one end of Lake Nasser. It is best visited by organized tour where you take in other sites at the same time, including the Philae Temple.

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Private Tour: Abu Simbel by Minibus from Aswan

4.5 star rating: Recommended 48 Reviews

Location: Aswan, Egypt
Duration: 8 hours

From USD $103.00

Private Tour: Abu Simbel Flight and Tour from Aswan

4.5 star rating: Recommended 23 Reviews

Location: Aswan, Egypt
Duration: 4 - 5 hours

From USD $338.00
From USD $50.00

Private Tour: High Dam and Unfinished Obelisk

Location: Aswan, Egypt
Duration: 2 hours

From USD $25.00

Private Tour: Kalabsha Temple on Lake Nasser

Location: Aswan, Egypt
Duration: 3 hours

From USD $31.00

Private Tour: The Nubia Museum

3 star rating: Worth doing 4 Reviews

Location: Aswan, Egypt
Duration: 90 minutes

From USD $29.00

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