Abdel Nour was born into a Coptic Christian family on 21 August 1945. His father, Amin Fakhry Abdel Nour (1912 – 2012), was a Wafdist politician.
He graduated from a French high school in Cairo. He received a bachelor's degree from Cairo University's Faculty of Economics and Political Science. He holds a master's degree from the American University in Cairo (AUC) with a thesis entitled "private investment as a source of economic development."
Abdel Nour is a businessman. He began his career at American Express and later founded the Vitrac Company in 1980. He was board member of the Cairo and Alexandria stock exchange.
Then he joined politics. He run for office in the 1995 elections, but lost. He won a seat in the 2000 general elections. Later he became the secretary-general of the Wafd Party. He was appointed minister of tourism to the cabinet led by then prime minister Ahmed Shafiq in February 2011. Abdel Nour succeeded Zoheir Garranah in the post. He sits on the board of the center of developing countries research and studies.