Aswan Governorate

Aswān Governorate (Arabic: محافظة أسوان) is one of the governorates of Egypt. The southernmost governorate in Upper Egypt, covering most of Lake Nasser. The Governorate's capital is Aswan.

Aswan Governorate
View of Aswan in lake Nasser
View of Aswan in lake Nasser
Flag of Aswan Governorate
Official logo of Aswan Governorate
Aswan Governorate on the map of Egypt
Aswan Governorate on the map of Egypt
Coordinates: 23°35′N 32°49′E / 23.59°N 32.82°E / 23.59; 32.82Coordinates: 23°35′N 32°49′E / 23.59°N 32.82°E / 23.59; 32.82
Country Egypt
SeatAswan (capital)
 • GovernorAhmed Ibrahim Mohamed Ibrahim[2]
 • Total62,726 km2 (24,219 sq mi)
 (January 2018)
 • Total1,501,000[1]
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
HDI (2017)0.686[4]

The Aswan Governorate borders Qena Governorate to the north, Red Sea Governorate to the east, New Valley Governorate to the west, and Sudan's Northern state to the south. It has a population of 1,394,687 inhabitants (2014), and occupies an area of 62,726 km².


The rate of poverty 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.[5]

Municipal divisionsEdit

The governorate is divided into the following municipal divisions for administrative purposes with a total estimated population as of July 2017 of 1,481,446. In some instances there is a markaz and a kism with the same name.[6][7]

Municipal Divisions
Anglicized name Native name Arabic transliteration Population
(July 2017 Est.)
Abu Simbel مركز أبو سنبل Abū Sunbul 7,652 Markaz
Aswan مركز أسوان Aswān 71,810 Markaz
Aswan 1 قسم اول أسوان Aswān 1 152,899 Kism (fully urban)
Aswan 2 قسم ثان أسوان Aswān 2 168,862 Kism (fully urban)
Daraw مركز دراو Daraw 137,245 Markaz
Edfu مركز أدفو Idfū 462,400 Markaz
Kom Ombo مركز كوم امبو Kawm Umbū 388,555 Markaz
New Aswan مدينة أسوان الجديدة Madīnat Aswān al-Jadīdah 96 New City
New Tushka مدينة توشكى الجديدة Madīnat Tūshka al-Jadīdah New City
Nasser City مركز نصر Naṣr 91,927 Markaz


According to population estimates from 2015 the majority of residents in the governorate live in rural areas, with an urbanization rate of only 42.3%. Out of an estimated 1,431,488 people residing in the governorate, 826,543 people live in rural areas as opposed to only 604,945 in urban areas.[8]


Colourful houses on Heissa island

The following are in Aswan Governorate.

Industrial zoneEdit

According to the Egyptian Governing Authority for Investment and Free Zones (GAFI), in affiliation with the Ministry of Investment (MOI), there is an industrial zone called El Shalalat located in this governorate:[9]

Important sitesEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Population Estimates By Governorate ( Urban /Rural ) 1/1/2018". Archived from the original on 2018-11-02. Retrieved 10 October 2018.
  2. ^ "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.
  3. ^ Britannica Book of the Year 2014, p.589
  4. ^ "Sub-national HDI - Area Database - Global Data Lab". Retrieved 2018-09-13.
  5. ^ "Social Solidarity Ministry to provide citizens with disabilities financial support". Egypt Independent. 25 July 2017. Retrieved 11 December 2018.
  6. ^ "Aswan Governorates Subdivisions". Archived from the original on 2018-11-25. Retrieved 2018-11-24.
  7. ^ "Markazes of Egypt". Gwillim Law. Archived from the original on 2017-10-19. Retrieved 26 November 2018.
  8. ^ "Population Estimates By Sex & Governorate 1/1/2015" (PDF). CAPMAS. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2015-10-19. Retrieved 23 October 2016.
  9. ^ "Industrial Zones of Governorate". Ministry of Investment Egypt. Archived from the original on 2018-11-23. Retrieved 23 November 2018.

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