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High Dam

Aswan, Egypt
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Ranked #18 of 20 attractions in Aswan
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Type: Dams
Traveler Description: The High Dam was built from 1960 to 1971 and measures 12, 562 feet across and created Lake Nasser.  The water power generates electricity for most of... more »
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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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146 reviews 146 reviews
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81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Very nice to see for a 5 minute stop, but it is only a very large dam. The significance of it is more that it feeds the whole of Egypt and if anything were to happen to it then most of the population would be washed into the sea.

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Sydney
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38 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014

There were two dams, one the British finished just after 1900 and this monster in the 1960's. It has raised the water table in Lybia 500 km to the west. It certainly has made positive changes for Egyptians because it prevents floods and provides water year-round but there are problems. The silt that used to flood downstream and fertilize the... More

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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54 reviews 54 reviews
10 attraction reviews
102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

We had a whistle stop visit to the dam on the last day of our Nile Cruise. Again, I would have wanted more time to soak up the impressive views and the construction history/visitor centre as you drive in. There is a very impressive 'friendship monument' to be seen on the approach and the military presence on the dam ensures... More

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Cairo, Egypt
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57 reviews 57 reviews
22 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014

If you are into construction Engineering, particularly Dams such as the Hoover Dam in Boulder, Nevada, USA, you would not want to miss this one, not much to see inside the dam for security reasons. Just being there is part of history of Egypt and the Nile River. The High Dam was chosen as the best project in the 20th... More

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Dhaka City, Bangladesh
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62 reviews 62 reviews
41 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

If you aren't an engineering buff, there is not much here to see. I mean, it's quite big, quite important for the city and the people, but there is just nothing to see. Not really worth the visit.

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Vancouver, Canada
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65 attraction reviews
108 helpful votes 108 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014

This is not a destination in itself but is great to fill up an extra half hour or so. The story of the dam is pretty simple and interesting if you also include the history of the first lower dam. Understanding the damage done by the dam itself causes you to wonder if there might have been another solution.

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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

We visited the High Dam with our guide who gave us a great insight into why it was built and the controversy to some low lying temples that had to be moved and the subsequent great outcome to the future of Egypt ... It's a must see if you visit Aswan

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wolverhampton
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

this is so worth the visit, to see the high dam at Aswan, to see how a structure can totally transform the life for a country and its people, the structure is huge with lots of info points and the chance for some great photo shots,

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London
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

A fantastic feat of engineering, set in beautiful country. Definitely worth a visit. Note - they don't mind cameras but do not take your zoom lens!

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Sacramento, California
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6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2014

Yes, it's huge and took 11 years to build. Lake Nasser is beautiful on a clear day. There was a nice breeze up there, too. But for 50 LE, I mean, it's a dam. If engineering is your thing, it's probably awesome. But really, there's not much to see that you can't see elsewhere.

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