Aswan High Dam
Aswan High Dam
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Supplying water and electricity to all of Egypt, this impressive two-mile dam was a 1960s feat of engineering.
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  • Marvin G
    Ogdensburg, New York1,445 contributions
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    There are two dams at Aswan; the history and politics behind them is amazing.
    There are two dams at Aswan. The Low Dam was built by the British to help control flooding during the wet season. Construction began in 1898 and the dam was completed in 1902. After almost topping the low dam, Egypt sought help to construct he Aswan High Dam. The U.S. and UK offered to help finance construction with a loan in return for Nasser's leadership in resolving the Arab-Israeli conflict. This was during the cold war and Nassar played the U.S. and Soviet Union when he got arms for a delayed wheat & cotton payment. Then, Egypt nationalized the Suez Canal; Britain, France & Israel attacked and as a result Egypt took a billion plus loan from the Soviets and built the world's largest earthen embankment dam to further control flooding and supply electric power to help industrialize Egypt.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 5, 2023
  • Ryan S
    Cardiff, United Kingdom604 contributions
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    Impressive Dam
    The Aswan High Dam is an modern day engineering achievement for Egypt. The dam is not very tall, but its quite large and it holds back quite a lot of water from Lake Nasser. Lake Nasser is one of the largest manmade lakes in the world and is the most impressive thing to see from the High Dam. Lake Nasser is home to over 40,000 Nile crocodiles although you won’t see any. The lake is also home to many temples along side its shores. Which includes Abu Simbel, The Temple of Wadi Al-Sebua, Temple of Dakka, Temple of Amada, Temple of Derr and Kalabsha Temple in which you can see from the High Dam. The High Dam also has great views over the Aswan Lower Dam and Philae Temple. The dam also has a unique monument called Soviet-Egyptian Friendship Monument. The High Dam of Aswan is a place that just cannot be missed, the views are spectacular.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 6, 2023
  • must_travel_soon_10
    Mississauga, Canada1,800 contributions
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    Dam(n)
    History is more interesting than the actual dam and it's only a side trip visit. 3km wide with views of the expansive lake and Nile river below. Nice monument commenurating the Soviet-Egyptian relationship that allowed for the construction of the dam.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written November 6, 2023
  • Razorfish
    Little Rock, Arkansas5,034 contributions
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    The Aswan High Dam is not much to see
    The Aswan High Dam is not much of a tourist attraction. We were taken to the dam on our cruise of the Nile River after our arrival in Aswan. If I had the choice, I would skip the dam. I would choose to go to the Old Cataract Hotel instead. It has a lot more interesting history than the Soviet built dam.
    Visited December 2022
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 13, 2023
  • LAMMER13
    Rochester Hills, Michigan334 contributions
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    An impressive engineering marvel
    The displays with photos of the High Dam construction provide lot of good information. Viewing the dam and the Nassar Lake from ground level is impressive. However, if you have the opportunity go to the top of the friendship tower, a fantastic view awaits. Definitely recommend going to the Friendship tower and getting the ticket that takes you to the top of the tower where you can walk around. Amazing panoramic views from the top.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written February 25, 2024
  • betteskid
    Boston, Massachusetts1,328 contributions
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    A quick stop if you are in the area is all you need
    We stopped here to view the dam on our way from Abu Simbel back to Aswan. The dam is a massive complex and impressive and it is interesting to see the Nile and imagine the river before the dam. That said, it is a dam and there is really not a lot to do there. If you are going by, it is worth a stop, but otherwise, despite its importance for Egypt, it could be skipped.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 25, 2024
  • Victoria L
    Kansas City, Missouri329 contributions
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    Technology and Cooperation to create something new
    This was a huge accomplishment at the time to create Lake Nassar and the dam to provide hydroelectric power with the Nile as its source. It was built with the assistance of the USSR and there is a monument to their cooperation at one end. It is a massive structure and you appreciate the engineering needed to make vision a reality. With UNESCO almost all the temples that would have been lost were saved and moved. It is a testament to lots of countries working together to save the monuments of an ancient civilization as we bring the 20th century to the current people of Egypt.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written March 8, 2024
  • Susan C
    Melbourne, Australia1,491 contributions
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    Depends on your interest in this type of dam
    My husband is an engineer so I thought dams would be a hit with him but it appears that earth-formed dams are not as impressive for him as concrete structures. Good informational signs on how it was constructed. There are many signs saying no photos though they are often ignored but there really isn't much to photograph. The dam was built with the assistance of the USSR. There is a monument to their friendship at on end of the dam which we didn't visit but may have good views. It did look interesting from the outside. This visit did fit in time-wise with a visit to the Nubia Museum and the Unfinished Obelisk but was the least interesting of the three despite the incredible impact it has had on Egypt and on Nubia.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 1, 2024
  • Robert D
    3,872 contributions
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    A quick stop
    When they built the Aswan High Dam, they raised the level of the water and created Lake Nasser. The views from atop the high dam are nice and it is worth a quick stop. There is not a lot to see here, though.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written May 8, 2024
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kekenu
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg782 contributions
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Nov 2020 • Solo
You can't visit much, you can't take movies/pictures , you can't visit inside. Maybe the only interest could be the lotus flower gigantic sculpture done in honour of the help they received by the rusdian. We did it on the road coming back from Abu Simbel.
Written November 18, 2020
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Gail Goldman
Hartsdale, NY1,088 contributions
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Feb 2020
The Dam allowed Egypt to double its electrical supply and with the creation of Lake Nassar, it supplied Egypt with the majority of its water supply. It is controversial since they needed to relocate 90,000 Nubian people and because of potential flooding, they had to dismantle ancient sites and rebuild them on higher ground. I would suggest following the visit to the Dam with a Lake Nasser cruise to see these rebuilt extraordinary sites.
Written March 27, 2020
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Ukienomad
Fleming Island, FL6,739 contributions
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Feb 2020 • Friends
Aswan High Dam was built in 1960. It was once subject to devastating Nike floods, Egyptian farmers looked to the Aswan High Dam as a way of controlling their crops. The large Reservoir it created nearly 10,000 of the indigenous Nubian people who lived in the region and created Egypt’s own lost city of Atlantis, as the water swallowed up both homes and priceless archaeological ruins. The area is beautiful with magnificent views, sailboats, and don’t forget to visit Philae Temple which is dedicated to ISIS. Take a ride in a sailboat to get the best views. Fabulous day!! Do not miss it.

Written February 23, 2020
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Kim G
Toronto, Canada1,640 contributions
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May 2019
The Aswan High Dam was constructed during the latter part of the 1950’s to control the seasonal flooding of the Egyptian Nile River Basin. Previously, irrigation of the farmlands along the banks of the Nile River, which flows from Sudan in the south and then northward through Upper and Lower Egypt before it empties into the Mediterranean, depended solely on natural flooding. The problem with natural flooding is that some years there was too much water which would destroy crops, while other years, there wasn’t enough water which resulted in droughts. The building of the Aswan High Dam resulted in the creation of Lake Nasser, stretching 479 kilometers to the south with a width of 16 kilometres at its widest point, making it one of the largest man-made lakes in the world. The dam, and the associated reservoir formed by Lake Nasser, allows controlled flooding to take place throughout Egypt’s Nile basin while also generating hydroelectricity contributing to Egypt’s agriculture and developing economy. There are clear views of the dam from both sides of the river and signage explaining the building of the structure.

One of the key cultural features at the Aswan High Dam is the Egypt-Soviet Friendship Monument, erected when the dam was completed to commemorate the cooperative effort between Egypt and the (then) Soviet Union during the dam’s construction. This magnificent sculpture reaches 70 meters high and represents the five petals of the lotus flower. The sculpture features an observation deck near its summit offering spectacular views of the dam and lake.
Written April 30, 2020
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DEK_29
Brisbane, Australia1,071 contributions
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Jan 2020
The visit to the Aswan High Dam was my second visit to this place. My first time was December 2010 and this visit in January 2020. With all the issues that occurred in 2010 and just after, this revisit was peaceful and hassle free. However, there were a lot more tourists. The High dam took a decade to built, used more stone than the Giza Pyramids and used the knowledge to two nations to complete. Wonderful views of Lake Nasser and the Nile River on the other side. The journey to the dam takes in the Aswan dam, the hydro-electrical plant and the first cataract. It is a massive dam and can be windy on a winters day - the wind blew my ht off my head luckily it wasn't blown into the lake.
Written December 18, 2020
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Kaushik G
Kolkata (Calcutta), India92 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
This is one of the largest dams in the world built by the Russians. This is now the lifeline of Egypt by controlling the flood or dry seasons in the river Nile by storing & supplying water to the Egypt round the year. A great sight from the road above the dam and the old temples situated in the lake.
Written February 12, 2020
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Danny
11 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
The dam is nice and knowing history makes for a good story, but I liked it from the Engineering perspective which was not something that either my wife or kids found interesting. Also I have been to many dams in the past and therefore view of them is from different perspective. I gave this a 4 out 5 from the engineering and historical perspective, but I would rate it about 2 out of 5 from an entertaining perspective without considering the engineering side.

If you are on on a family vacation, I highly recommend visiting other sites in and around Aswan first such as the Nubian Museum, Temple of Philae, Tombs of the Nobles or even a nice felucca boat ride on the Nile.
Written March 1, 2020
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Munir D
Toronto, Canada695 contributions
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Dec 2019
The Aswan High Dam is said to be the largest embankment dam built across tge River Nile. It is a massive structure that is 4,000 metres long, 980 metres wide at the base and 40 metres wide at the crest. It is about 111 metres tall containing 43 million cubic metres of material. Up to 11,000 cubic metres of water per second can pass through the dam. Impressive structure.
Written August 15, 2020
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Amgad Abdelatti Mohamed
Aswan, Egypt13 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020 • Solo
I went on a trip to visit three places, the Temple of Philae, the High Dam and the Missing Obelisk. The High Dam is a wonderful architecture in modern times. When you are on the body of the High Dam, you can see the Kalabsha Temple and Lake Nasser, which is a large and very wide lake. There The body of the dam has many maps and information about the High Dam, and this is useful and beautiful so that the visitor can know and understand how this great edifice and project was built and operated. It has been a source of electric power and saving people from a lot of floods.
Written July 1, 2021
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Victoria L
Kansas City, MO329 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
This was a huge accomplishment at the time to create Lake Nassar and the dam to provide hydroelectric power with the Nile as its source. It was built with the assistance of the USSR and there is a monument to their cooperation at one end. It is a massive structure and you appreciate the engineering needed to make vision a reality. With UNESCO almost all the temples that would have been lost were saved and moved. It is a testament to lots of countries working together to save the monuments of an ancient civilization as we bring the 20th century to the current people of Egypt.
Written March 8, 2024
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