New Valley Governorate

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New Valley Governorate
Flag of New Valley Governorate
New Valley Governorate on the map of Egypt
New Valley Governorate on the map of Egypt
Coordinates: 24°32′44″N 27°10′24″E / 24.54556°N 27.17333°E / 24.54556; 27.17333Coordinates: 24°32′44″N 27°10′24″E / 24.54556°N 27.17333°E / 24.54556; 27.17333
Country  Egypt
Seat Kharga (capital)
 • Governor Mahmoud Abdel Rahman Ashmawy [1]
 • Total 376,505 km2 (145,369 sq mi)
Population (2014)
 • Total 219,615
 • Density 0.58/km2 (1.5/sq mi)
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
Website New Valley
A view of Kharga Oasis with the Temple of Hibis in the centre and the Western Desert cliffs at the top, all located in the New Valley Governorate region.

New Valley Governorate (Egyptian Arabic: محافظة الوادي الجديد‎‎ Muḥāfẓet El Wādī El Ǧedīd Egyptian Arabic: [moˈħɑfzet elˈwæːdi lɡɪˈdiːd]) is one of the governorates of Egypt. It is located in the southwestern part of the country, in Egypt's Western Desert, part of the Sahara Desert – between the Nile, northern Sudan, and southeastern Libya.

Consisting of roughly a third of Egypt's area, the New Valley Governorate is the country's largest governorate and one of the biggest on the African continent. The capital is at the Kharga Oasis.


According to population estimates from 2015 the majority of residents in the governorate live in rural areas, with an urbanization rate of only 48.0%. Out of an estimated 225,416 people residing in the governorate, 117,180 people live in rural areas as opposed to only 108,236 in urban areas. [2]


  • Kharga 67,700 population
  • Mut [3]

Industrial zones[edit]

According to the Egyptian Governing Authority for Investment and Free Zones (GAFI), in affiliation with the Ministry of Investment (MOI), the following industrial zones are located in this governorate:[4]

  • Al Kharga
  • Heavy industrial zone - El Dakhla
  • Heavy industrial zone - Wadi Waer West


2011 Egyptian revolution

Violent clashes were reported in the New Valley Governorate on February 8–9, 2011 as part of the 2011 Egyptian revolution. Protesters set fire to police stations and the NDP - National Democratic Party building. Multiple deaths were reported in addition to hundreds of injuries amid claims that the police opened fire on protesters in Kharga Oasis with live ammunition.[5][6]

Major oases[edit]


  • Manufacturing of palm dates.
  • Tourism and Safaris
  • Agricultural activities (around Oases)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Egypt Government's Governorates Directory". Retrieved 17 October 2016. 
  2. ^ "Population Estimates By Sex & Governorate 1/1/2015" (PDF). CAPMAS. Retrieved 23 October 2016. 
  3. ^ "Population Estimates By Sex & Governorate 1/1/2015" (PDF). CAPMAS. Retrieved 17 October 2016. 
  4. ^ "Investment Regimes, Industrial Zones of Governorate". Ministry of Investment Egypt. Retrieved 30 October 2016. 
  5. ^
  6. ^ Fahim, Kareem. "Protesters in Egypt Regain Initiative as Workers Strike." The New York Times. 2/9/2011. Accessed 2/9/2011.