Luxor Governorate on the map of Egypt
|• Governor||Tarek Saad El-Din|
|• Total||55 km2 (21 sq mi)|
|• Density||20,000/km2 (53,000/sq mi)|
|Time zone||EET (UTC+2)|
Luxor Governorate (Arabic: محافظة الأقصر) has been one of Egypt's governorates since 7 December 2009, when Hosni Mubarak announced its separation from Qena Governorate. It is located 635 km south of Cairo. It is currently the smallest governorate in Egypt, spanning approximately 5 km from north to south, and 1.5 km from east to west, and lies in Upper Egypt along the Nile. The city of Luxor is the capital of the Luxor governorate. President Mubarak called on the same date for a study to be made with a view to extending the boundaries of the governorate to include the neighbouring towns of Armant and Esna. The national day is the 7th of December, commemorating the establishment of the governorate.
The governorate's total area is 55 km2, representing 0.24% of the country's area.
At the 2012 census, the population of the area which in 2009 was formed into the new Luxor governorate was 1,064,000 people. 47.4% of them lived in urban areas, while 52.6% lived in rural areas. The annual population growth rate is 18.2 per thousand.
Mohamed El-Gawady (2001) Governorates of Egypt
- "Mansour appoints 20 new governors". Daily News Egypt. Retrieved 15 August 2013.
- Luxor announced Egypt’s 29th governorate, report of Daily News Egypt of 7 December 2009.
- City of Luxor Official website