Edku

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Coordinates: 31°18′N 30°18′E / 31.300°N 30.300°E / 31.300; 30.300

Edku

إدكو
town
Edku beach
Edku beach
Nickname(s): 
Idkū
Edku is located in Egypt
Edku
Edku
Location in Egypt
Coordinates: 31°18′N 30°18′E / 31.300°N 30.300°E / 31.300; 30.300
Country Egypt
GovernorateBeheira
Elevation
16 ft (5 m)
Population
 (2006)
 • Total105,875
Time zoneUTC+2 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)
Area code(s)(+20) 045

Edku (Arabic: إدكو‎) (also Edkhou, or Idku) is a town in the Beheira Governorate, located east of Alexandria and west of Rashid, overlooking the Mediterranean Sea and there are natural gas liquefaction plant (LNG). Edku lies on a sandy strip behind Abi Qir Bay, in the northwestern Nile River delta. Immediately south is Lake Idku, a 58-square-mile (150-square-km) lagoon that stretches some 22 miles (35 km) behind and parallel to the coast and has a maximum width of 16 miles (26 km). Drained by Al-Madiyyah Channel, connecting with the Mediterranean, the lagoon is reputed to be the ancient Canopic branch of the Nile. Edku's isthmus position enables it to capitalize on the fisheries of both the lagoon and the Mediterranean. Other industries include rice milling and silk weaving. Edku is linked by coastal road and railway to Alexandria, 26 miles (42 km) to the west-southwest, and Rosetta (Rashid ), 12 miles (19 km) northeast.

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