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31°8′32″N 30°38′42″E / 31.14222°N 30.64500°E / 31.14222; 30.64500

Clockwise, from top: Desouk Bridge, Ibrahim El Desouki Mosque, City Hall, Nile in Desouk, a statue of Ramesses II with Goddess Sekhmet, Desouk War Memorial, New Desouk Bridge.
Clockwise, from top: Desouk Bridge, Ibrahim El Desouki Mosque, City Hall, Nile in Desouk, a statue of Ramesses II with Goddess Sekhmet, Desouk War Memorial, New Desouk Bridge.
Map of Desouk
Map of Desouk
Desouk is located in Egypt
Location in Egypt
Coordinates: 31°8′32″N 30°38′42″E / 31.14222°N 30.64500°E / 31.14222; 30.64500
Country Egypt
GovernorateKafr El Sheikh
 • Total8.635 km2 (3.334 sq mi)
Elevation0 m (0 ft)
 • Total149,291
 • Density17,000/km2 (45,000/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+2 (EST)
ZIP code
33611 – 33612[2][3]
Area code+2 047

Desouk (Arabic: دسوق, Egyptian Arabic pronunciation: [dɪˈsuːʔ] pronunciation) is a city in northern Egypt. Located 80 km east of Alexandria, in the Kafr El Sheikh Governorate and had a population of 137,660 inhabitants as of 2011.[4] It is bordered to the west by the Beheira Governorate.

Desouk dates back to at least c. 3200 BC and was part of the ancient city of Buto before the unification of Upper and Lower Egypt. From 1250 to 1517, the city of Desouk was part of the Gharbia province. From 1798 to 1801, it was part of the now-defunct Rosetta province.


The city's name could be derived from Ancient Egyptian: tꜣ-sbk, lit.'land of Sobek', attested on a statuette from Sais dating to the Third Intermediate Period, through Coptic: *ⲧⲉⲥⲟⲩⲭⲓ, or from Ancient Egyptian: tꜣ-ı͗ꜣ.t-sbk, attested in Greek as Thasoukhios (Ancient Greek: Θασουχιος) and Tasoukis (Ancient Greek: Τασουκις). The cult of Sobek had presence to the west of Disuq, on the other side of the Nile.

Other proposal derives it from the rare Arabic verb dasaqa "to overflow (about a basin)" and its nominal form daysaq "bassin full of water" which in turn has its origin in Ancient Greek: δίσκος, lit.'disk, salver', but it is considered implausible. Another improbable etymology is a Copto-Arabic word combining the Coptic feminine definite article ti- (Coptic: ϯ-) with Arabic: سوق, romanizedsuq, lit.'market'.[5]



Desouk is a member of the Organization of Islamic Capitals and Cities[6] due to the location of important Islamic shrines in the city, such as the tomb of Egyptian Sufi Saint Ibrahim El Desouki, which is located in the main mosque in the center of Desouk.

Desouk lies on the Nile, on the eastern banks of the Rosetta branch, where there are only two bridges entering the city.

Many important Egyptians hail from Desouk: Youssef El-Mansy, Ahmed Zewail,[7] Mohammed Roshdy, Evelyn Ashamallah, and Abdel-Salam Mohammed Nasar, a politician in the city.

Population of Desouk City (1882-2009).


Köppen-Geiger climate classification system classifies its climate as hot desert (BWh), the same as the rest of Egypt.

Climate data for Desouk
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Mean daily maximum °C (°F) 17.8
Daily mean °C (°F) 12.4
Mean daily minimum °C (°F) 7
Average precipitation mm (inches) 26
Source: Climate-Data.org[8]


Desouk is renowned for the presence of Ibrahim El Desouki Mosque, which attracts over a million visitors annually on average. The mosque is the final resting place of the last Sufi pole, Imam Ibrahim El Desouki, established around the year 1277. It currently covers an area of 6400 square meters, and the Ladies' Mosque occupies 600 square meters, making it one of the largest mosques in the Islamic world in terms of area. It houses a university Islamic library as well. In Desouk, an annual celebration is held for the birth of Ibrahim El-Desouki in October, lasting a week with strict security measures. The celebration honors the memory of 77 Sufi orders from various parts of the world.[9] During this time, the city attracts more than a million visitors [10] from various provinces of Egypt and some countries worldwide, [11] making it one of the largest religious celebrations in Egypt.[12] Among the festivities, the custodian of the Ibrahim El-Desouki shrine rides a horse and is paraded through the streets of Desouk after the afternoon prayer on the final day of the celebration.[13] Additionally, an annual celebration of Ragabiya is held in late April or early May each year, lasting for a week as well.[14]

There are numerous Pharaonic artifacts in the ancient city of Buto, which served as the political capital of the Lower Egypt. Its construction dates back to the Predynastic period, and it is located northeast of Desouk, about 12 km away.[15] Buto was a significant religious center where every king or prince, upon ascending to rule, was required to go to Buto to legitimize their rule by the priests. This was done for worship and to draw closer to the goddess Wadjet, the Lady of the City, a central figure in the Egyptian myth of Isis and Osiris.[16]

The area is characterized by several artifacts, some dating back to the Predynastic period, such as the Wadjet Temple, Horus Statue, and the double statue of the goddess Sekhmet and King Ramesses II, among many other artifacts.[17] Locally, the region is known as "Tall Al-Fara'in," named after the founding pharaohs. It spans an area of 175 acres (0.7 km²).[18][19]

Notable people

See also


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  2. ^ "ZIP code, Desouk (1)". Epcodes.com. Archived from the original on 24 August 2019. Retrieved 28 December 2010.
  3. ^ "ZIP code, Desouk (2)". Epcodes.com. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 28 December 2010.
  4. ^ "Presidency of Desouk City, Administrative division & Population (2011)". Epcodes.com. 31 December 2009. Archived from the original on 13 November 2010. Retrieved 29 December 2010.
  5. ^ Engsheden, Âke (15 August 2023). Ancient Place-Names in the Governorate of Kafr el-Sheikh. Peeters. pp. 133–134. ISBN 9789042941755.
  6. ^ "Organization of Islamic Capitals and Cities, Membership". oicc.org. Archived from the original on 7 January 2011. Retrieved 29 December 2010.
  7. ^ "Egyptian figures, Ahmed H. Zewail". sis.gov.eg. Archived from the original on 16 October 2010. Retrieved 28 December 2010.
  8. ^ "Climate: Disuq - Climate graph, Temperature graph, Climate table". Climate-Data.org. Retrieved 14 August 2013.
  9. ^ الطرق الصوفية تحتفل بـ«إبراهيم الدسوقى» وتطالب «السياحة» بالمشاركة في تطوير الموالد. جريدة المصري اليوم، بتاريخ 20 أكتوبر 2010. Archived 2018-06-12 at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ محمد عبد الفتاح محمد عبد السلام، مدينة دسوق دراسة إيكولوجية، رسالة دكتوراه غير منشورة، كلية الآداب - جامعة المنوفية، 1998، ص: 180.
  11. ^ «مولد سيدي إبراهيم الدسوقي» راحة نفسية لزواره ورزق لأهل البلد. جريدة الأهالي، بتاريخ 27 أكتوبر 2010. Archived 2020-04-06 at the Wayback Machine
  12. ^ خريطة الطرق الصوفية في مصر أتباعها.. شخصيات سياسية وصحفية وحزبية وأمنية. جريدة الأهرام المسائي، بتاريخ 1 أبريل 2011. Archived 2013-12-02 at the Wayback Machine
  13. ^ المولد.. مسرح مفتوح على الحياة. المدارك، موقع الكاتب علي دهيني. Archived 2016-03-04 at the Wayback Machine
  14. ^ دسوق تحتفل بـ"الدسوقي" وسط حذر أمني. جريدة الوفد، بتاريخ 24 أبريل 2011. Archived 2016-06-30 at the Wayback Machine
  15. ^ Costa Rica Tour Guide - Desouk Archived 2016-04-09 at the Wayback Machine
  16. ^ منتصر ثابت، إيزيس ونفتيس دراما البعث والخلود، دار الهلال، القاهرة، 2010.
  17. ^ وزارة الإسكان والمرافق والتنميّة العمرانيّة، مشروع تحديث المخطط العام لمدينة دسوق (حتى عام 2017) - التقرير العام 2006، صـ: 19، الهيئة العامة للتخطيط العمراني، دسوق، 2006.
  18. ^ وزارة الإسكان والمرافق والتنميّة العمرانيّة، مشروع تحديث المخطط العام لمدينة دسوق (حتى عام 2017) - التقرير العام 2006، صـ: 18، الهيئة العامة للتخطيط العمراني، دسوق، 2006.
  19. ^ الدستور، الخميس 26 يونيو 2010 Archived 2010-06-29 at the Wayback Machine