Aswan Governorate
View of Aswan in lake Nasser
View of Aswan in lake Nasser
Flag of Aswan Governorate
Official logo of Aswan Governorate
Aswan Governorate on the map of Egypt
Aswan Governorate on the map of Egypt
Coordinates: 23°35′N 32°49′E / 23.59°N 32.82°E / 23.59; 32.82
Country Egypt
SeatAswan (capital)
 • GovernorAhmed Ibrahim Mohamed Ibrahim[1]
 • Total62,726 km2 (24,219 sq mi)
 (January 2023)[3]
 • Total1,643,211
 • Density26/km2 (68/sq mi)
 • TotalEGP 76 billion
(US$ 4.9 billion)
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
HDI (2021)0.724[5]
high · 15th

Aswān Governorate (Arabic: محافظة أسوان) is one of the governorates of Egypt. The southernmost governorate in Upper Egypt, covering most of Lake Nasser. The Governorate's capital is Aswan.

The Aswan Governorate borders Qena Governorate to the north, Red Sea Governorate to the east, New Valley Governorate to the west, and Sudan's Northern state to the south. It has a population of 1,394,687 inhabitants (2014), and occupies an area of 62,726 km².


The rate of poverty is more than 60% in this governorate but recently some social safety networks have been provided in the form of financial assistance and job opportunities. The funding has been coordinated by the country's Ministry of Finance and with assistance from international organizations.[6]

Municipal divisions

The governorate is divided into the following municipal divisions for administrative purposes with a total estimated population as of January 2023 of 1,643,211. In some instances there is a markaz and a kism with the same name.[3]

Municipal Divisions
Anglicized name Native name Arabic transliteration Population
(January 2023 Est.)
Abu Simbel مركز أبو سمبل Abū Simbil 8,317 Markaz
Aswan مركز أسوان Aswān 73,387 Markaz
Aswan 1 قسم اول أسوان Aswān 1 188,712 Kism (fully urban)
Aswan 2 قسم ثان أسوان Aswān 2 208,408 Kism (fully urban)
Daraw مركز دراو Daraw 151,380 Markaz
Edfu مركز أدفو Idfū 499,577 Markaz
Kom Ombo مركز كوم امبو Kawm Umbū 418,006 Markaz
New Aswan مدينة أسوان الجديدة Madīnat Aswān al-Jadīdah 118 New City
New Tushka مدينة توشكى الجديدة Madīnat Tūshka al-Jadīdah New City
Nasr مركز نصر Naṣr 95,306 Markaz


According to population estimates from 2015 the majority of residents in the governorate live in rural areas, with an urbanization rate of only 42.3%. Out of an estimated 1,431,488 people residing in the governorate, 826,543 people live in rural areas as opposed to only 604,945 in urban areas.[7]


Colourful houses on Heissa island

The following are in Aswan Governorate.

Industrial zone

According to the Egyptian Governing Authority for Investment and Free Zones (GAFI), in affiliation with the Ministry of Investment (MOI), there is an industrial zone called El Shalalat located in this governorate:[8]

Important sites

Main article: International Campaign to Save the Monuments of Nubia

See also


  1. ^ "رسمياً.. المحافظون الجدد ونوابهم يؤدون اليمين الدستورية أمام الرئيس". Almasry Alyoum (in Arabic). 30 August 2018. Archived from the original on 2018-08-31. Retrieved 2018-08-31.
  2. ^ Britannica Book of the Year 2014, p.589
  3. ^ a b (PDF) Retrieved 3 April 2023. ((cite web)): Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ "Sub-national HDI - Subnational HDI - Table - Global Data Lab". Retrieved 2023-02-20.
  6. ^ "Social Solidarity Ministry to provide citizens with disabilities financial support". Egypt Independent. 25 July 2017. Retrieved 11 December 2018.
  7. ^ "Population Estimates By Sex & Governorate 1/1/2015" (PDF). CAPMAS. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2015-10-19. Retrieved 23 October 2016.
  8. ^ "Industrial Zones of Governorate". Ministry of Investment Egypt. Archived from the original on 2018-11-23. Retrieved 23 November 2018.