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Western Desert

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Travel Warning WARNING: Several western governments have issued travel warnings to many areas in Egypt. The UK Foreign Office recommends against non-essential travel to most of the Western Desert region.
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(Information last updated Nov 2018)

The Western Desert occupies a huge area of Egypt, on the side of the Nile that symbolized death. The western lands were where the sun god Ra went to die each day, and where the souls of the pharaohs went following their entombment. It's harsh and deserted... but contains a handful of oases.


Map of Western Desert

Roughly from north to south:

Dakhla Oasis


  • 1 Abu Minqar – A village in the el-Farafra depression

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