Luxor Governorate on the map of Egypt
|• Governor||Mustafa Mohamed Alhem Khaled |
|• Total||55 km2 (21 sq mi)|
|• Density||20,000/km2 (53,000/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+2 (EET)|
Luxor Governorate (Egyptian Arabic: محافظة الأقصر Muḥāfẓet El Loʾṣor) has been one of Egypt's governorates since 7 December 2009, when former president Hosni Mubarak announced its separation from the 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. The government is studying the possibility of extending the boundaries of the governorate to include the neighboring towns of Armant and Esna.
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. Population estimates from 2015 puts the same figure at 1,147,058 with an urbanization rate of 37.8%.
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:
- El Boghdadi
- (New urban community industrial zone) New Tiba
- "رسمياً.. المحافظون الجدد ونوابهم يؤدون اليمين الدستورية أمام الرئيس". Almasry Alyoum (in Arabic). 30 August 2018.
- Luxor announced Egypt’s 29th governorate Archived 2010-02-13 at the Wayback Machine., report of Daily News Egypt of 7 December 2009.
- "Population Estimates By Sex & Governorate 1/1/2015" (PDF). CAPMAS. Retrieved 23 October 2016.
- "Investment Regimes, Industrial Zones of Governorate". Ministry of Investment Egypt. Archived from the original on 30 October 2016. Retrieved 30 October 2016.
- City of Luxor Official website