Al Minya Overview
El Minya is called the 'Bride of Upper Egypt' due to its location. It is located approximately 245 km (152 mi) south of Cairo on the western bank of the Nile River, which flows north through the city.
Ak Minya city is known for the processing of sugar and for the soap and perfume industries. The city was once known as an important cotton manufacturing centre. The Greek and Egyptian homes, which have now been converted to government premises, were used for that intent.
El Minya also enjoys many facilities that can accommodate tourists, with great hotels along the corniche and some boats perfect for picnics. The name of the city is derived from its Ancient Egyptian name Men'at Khufu, meaning the nursing city of Khufu, linking it to the Pharaoh Khufu or Cheops, founder of the Great Pyramid at Giza.
Al Menya contains many touristic attractions like Beni Hassan Necropolis, Hermopolis, Tuna Al Gabal, Tell El-Amarna, Tomb of Kheti , Tomb of Baket , Tomb of Amenemhet , Tomb of Khunmhotep, The Temples of Aten , The North palace, Tomb of Merrier, Tomb of Ay , Boundary stela , The Workshop of the Sculptor Thutmosis, Hermopolis and Tuna El-Gabel , The Basilica, omb Chapel of petosiris, The lbis Catacombs and El Bahnassa, is often thought of as the most important Islamic site in Minya.
Located about 65 km northwest of the capital, some of the companions of the Prophet Mohamed are buried there. The public sector predominates in industry, controlling most of the production of capital and intermediate goods. Among the state-run industries are cement, chemicals, mining, fertilizers and agricultural industries.
The city of Minya is located tightly between two ranges of about 500m mountains on both western and eastern sides, and interestingly falls away from the Mediterranean Sea and the Red Sea. Meaning that the city has harsh and chilly cold winter weather, and very hot but non-humid summers. During summertime, temperatures could reach 40C, while winter in Minya sees temperatures drop to sub-zero levels at night.
El Minya could be visited in one or two days trip from either Cairo or Luxor. Visiting the known attractions of Beni Hassan. Tell El Amarana and Tuna El Gabal is common tour program that is organized by local tour operators in Egypt.
Being one of the top tourist attraction for travelers to Egypt, Passengers of long Nile cruises sailing from Cairo to Luxor and Aswan and vice versa can now enjoy tours to El Minya included in their Nie cruise itinerary.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Egypt is safe country to visit with notable low crime rate, tourist attractions are well secured and there is no common negative attitude towards foreigners, with some sensible precautions and preparations you will feel at home and as safe as you'll ever be.
There is no special dress code when visiting Egypt tourist sites, modest dress is recommended in less tourist sites and there is no special concern for women traveling alone.
Egyptian Arabic is the most commonly spoken language in Egypt, it is also the national language in the country but Egyptians speak and understand English as they study it in school. Fewer Egyptians can speak other languages like French, Italian, Spanish, and German. Egyptians working in tourism sector are accustomed to speak enough English and other languages to fulfill the needs of most travelers.
Egypt is very connected to the world, it has many direct flights with Africa, Asia, European Union and United States. Visit Cairo Airport website for a full list of Airlines that fly to Egypt.
Duty free allowances on arrival to Egypt are 1L alcohol, 1L perfume, and either 200 cigarettes, 25 cigars or 200g tobacco. Duty free shops are available in Egypt airports and major tourist cities (Cairo, Luxor, Hurghada, El Gouna and Sharm El Sheikh).
Giza Pyramids and most monuments and Museums in Egypt open between 8 Am to 5 Pm. During Ramadan, the holy month of the Islamic calendar, be aware that these hours will change significantly.
Shops and stores in Egypt are usually opened from 10 Am to 10 Pm however in major cities it opens much later and some are open 24 hours.
Visitors are welcome in most mosques throughout the year. Modest dress is recommended, women should cover their hair, arms and legs. Both Women and men will remove their shoes before entering.
Taking pictures for people and streets is fine after people permission While Taking pictures for official type or army structures is not permitted. In most historical sites and museums in Egypt it is allowed to use camera, some of them may charge you for camera but at the Egyptian Museum and some similar historical sites it is prohibited and you will be asked to leave camera at reception before entering.
Egypt enjoys big hotel variety from world class luxury to simple hostel accommodations; Check in time in most hotels in Egypt is around midday, 12 or 1 PM.
There in no health concerns or vaccinations required to visit Egypt but we recommend to check with your own doctor, he knows you and your medical history best.
The currency in Egypt is the Egyptian pound (LE), it is about ,06 to USD. Money exchange is widely available, Credit cards are largely used in Egypt major cities and tourist spots.
We do not recommend the public buses in big cities. Taxi and limousine service are fine every where but price is negotiable. Trains go to all big cities in Egypt except Sinai and the Red Sea. Flights from / to tourist cities are always available.
Tipping in Egypt is an appreciated habitual attitude but is Not obligatory. Generally 5 to 10 EGP for small favors is fine for carrying luggage, parking a car or to guys who clean bathrooms. 10 % is fine in restaurant and spa. Tipping your tour guide and vehicle driver should be considered if you're provided with good to great service, feel free to give what you think your experience was worth.