Aswan

Egyptian city

Aswan (24°05′N 32°56′E, population 200,000) is a city in the south of Egypt and the capital of the Aswan Governorate. It is on the east bank of the Nile and is a busy market and tourist center.

The Nile at Aswan, seen from Elephantine Island
Tourism on the Nile

Aswan is one of the driest places in the world where people actually live; as of early 2001, the last rain there was 6 years earlier. As of October 13, 2007, the last rainfall was a thunderstorm on May 13, 2006. In Nubian settlements, the people often do not put a roof over all of the rooms in their houses.

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Coordinates: 24°05′N 32°56′E / 24.083°N 32.933°E / 24.083; 32.933