Deserts & Oases in Egypt

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Oases in Egypt:

Egypt has seven Oases Located in Western & eastern Deserts of Egypt; the weather is so harsh all the days of the year. Oases are inhabited by Bedouin Tribes for years. The Egyptian desert has different oasis such as Dakhla, Kharga, Siwa, Bahariya, Fayoum and Farafra.

Siwa Oasis:

Siwa Oasis is one of Egypt's most isolated settlements. It is located 560   
km from Cairo, the citizens of Siwa speaks a distinct language of the
Berber family known as Siwi. Agriculture is the main activity of modern
Siwi, particularly the cultivation of dates and olives. Handicrafts like
basketry are also of regional importance. Tourism has in recent decades
become a vital source of income. Much attention has been given to
creating hotels that use local materials and play on local styles.


Fayom Oasis:

Fayoum oasis is a basin in the desert of Located 130 km southwest of      
Cairo; gets most of its water supply from the Nile River and it is home to
more than two million Egyptians. The depression region has artesian
wells, depends on water obtained from springs, and from irrigation
canals.The province is noted for its figs and grapes of exceptional quality.
Olives are also cultivated. Rose trees are very numerous, Fayoum also
possesses an excellent breed of sheep.


El Dakhla Oasis:

It is known colloquially as the inner oasis, is one of the seven oases of      
Egypt's Western Desert (part of the Libyan Desert). Dakhla Oasis lies in
the New Valley Governorate, 350 km from the Nile and between the
oases of Farafra and Kharga. It measures approximately 80 km from
east to west and 25 km from north to south.



El-Kharga Oasis:

It means the outer oasis; is the southern most of Egypt's five western         
oases. It is located in the Libyan Desert, about 200 km to the west of the
Nile valley, and is some 150 km long. It is located in and is the capital of
Governorate. This oasis, which was known as the 'Southern Oasis' to the
Ancient Egyptians, is the largest of the oases in the Libyan desert of Egypt



Farafra Oasis:

It is the second biggest depression by size located in Western Egypt and   
the smallest by population. It is located in the Western Desert of Egypt,
approximately mid-way between Dakhla and Bahariya. Also located near
Farafra are the hot springs at Bir Sitta and the El-Mufid lake.




White Desert:

The White Desert of Egypt is located 45 km north of the town of Farafra.      
The desert has a white, cream color and has massive chalk rock
formations that have been created as a result of occasional sandstorm
in the area. The Farafra desert is a typical place visited by some schools
in Egypt, as a location for camping trips.



El-Bahariya Oasis:

The northern oases; is a depression in Egypt. It is approximately 360 km  
away from Cairo. Located in Giza Governorate, the main economic are
agriculture, iron ore mining, and tourism. The main agricultural products
are guavas, mangos, dates, and olives. Bahariya consists of many
villages such as El-Bawiti, Mandishah, El-Zabu, Harrah.



Wadi El Rayan:

Is a unique natural Egyptian Protectorate in Fayoum Governorate, under   
the supervision of The Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency (EEAA).
The valley of Wadi El-Rayan located about 65 km southwest of  Fayoum
city and 80 km west of the Nile River. El Rayan Waterfalls considered to
be the largest waterfalls in Egypt.



Wadi Al-Hitan:

It is located some 150 km southwest of Cairo. It was designated a               
UNESCO Site. in July 2005 for its hundreds of fossils of some of the
earliest forms of whale, the archaeoceti (a now extinct sub-order of
whales). The site reveals evidence for the explanation of one of the
greatest mysteries of the evolution of whales: the emergence of the
whale as an ocean-going mammal from a previous life as a land-
based animal. No other place in the world yields the number,
concentration and quality of such fossils.


Crystal Mountain:

It is located between Bahariya Oasis and Farafra Oasis, in the White           
Desert’s North. It has this name because of its rock or hill which is
sparkling like a crystal; it shine and spark more with the sun rays.
The structure is a cave made from limestone and completed with
stalactites and stalagmites.



Temple of Alexander:

The temple is located about 5 km east of Bawiti, near the Valley of the       
Golden Mummies. It was built after Alexander visited Bahariya on his
way to consult the Oracle of Amun in Siwa. The sandstone temple is
surrounded by 45 mud-brick rooms.




English Mountain:

This Mountain is also known as Jebel Williams, after the British captain      
stationed here. The ruins of the World War I fortress that the British
controlledare on the top. The British monitored the movements of Sanusi
tribes from Libya from this lonely lookout. It is an easy walk or jeep ride
to the top.



The Black Mountain:

is located near the Bahariya oasis. This is an ancient basaltic flow. The    
whole area for perhaps a 200 km is filled with these dark basaltic flows,
a volcanic glassy stone.




Siwa House Museum :

It is Located in a traditional Siwan house, the museum boasts traditional  
Siwan objects such as silver jewellery, music instruments, wedding
costumes, baskets and ceramics. Inspired by a Canadian diplomat
who feared that Siwan culture and its mud-brick houses would
disappear someday; the small but interesting Siwa House Museum was
built to preserve and display artifacts depicting the various aspects of the
Siwan life.


Farafra Museum (Badr Museum):

It is also known as Badr Museum. Badr Abdel Moghny is a self-taught      
artist whose gift to his town has become its only real sight. Badr’s
Museum, surrounded by a desert garden, is worth seeing for the
enthusiasm that Badr puts into his interesting work, much of which
records traditional oasis life. 



Bir Wahid:

Bir Wahid is a touristic attraction of Siwa. It sounds a mysterious and           
exotic name, so the story goes as it was drilled by the Russians,
or Americans, depending on who you talk to around 20 years ago.
They were looking for oil and they struck water instead and left a
perfectly formed oasis 12 km's south of the edge of Siwa in the Great
Sand Sea.



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