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High Dam

Aswan, Egypt
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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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Madrid, Spain
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63 reviews 63 reviews
37 attraction reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

Have you ever seen a dam in your country? The Aswan high dam is more or less the same maybe a bit bigger, but just a dam. Just 1km far from the dam is the Kalabsha temple (one of the temples moved when the dam was constructed). It would be better to use your valuable time visiting Kalabsha, wich is... More

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Wellington, New Zealand
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68 reviews 68 reviews
42 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

There really isn't much to see here. You don't get a sense of any great heights, or any scale of the place. You feel like you have to see it, but when you do, it's just not that special.

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Port Said, Egypt
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39 reviews 39 reviews
24 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Enjoying wide pretty view of Naser Lake and listening to the project mechanism and how the valuable idea implemented in addition to a tour through the power generation facilities.

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Kansas City, Missouri
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115 reviews 115 reviews
64 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

This was nothing special. Great view down the Nile. Interesting to hear that crocodiles on the opposite side can be up to 130 ft (40 m) long.

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Aylesbury, United Kingdom
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350 attraction reviews
287 helpful votes 287 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Had a 10 minute stop and were back on the coach after 5. Many of us knew about the Dam and the important part it plays and it's history. To see it was momentarily interesting as it is so famous but would not recommend going out of your way to see it in when the country is full of real... More

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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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155 reviews 155 reviews
72 attraction reviews
102 helpful votes 102 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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124 reviews 124 reviews
44 attraction reviews
110 helpful votes 110 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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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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60 reviews 60 reviews
23 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 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
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53 helpful votes 53 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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