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Qena, Egypt

Qena, Egypt

City in central Egypt with 220,000 inhabitants (2009 estimate), capital of the Qena governorate with 3.0 million inhabitants (2006 estimate) and an area of 1,800 km², situated on the east bank of the Nile.
Although not much of a tourist attraction in itself, Qena is one of the finest cities in Egypt, with the nation's cleanest streets and leafy promenades. 4 km southwest is Dendera with its Temple of Hathor.
Qena is the home of a local cult (mawlid) around the Sufi shaykh, Abd ar-Rahim, who died here in the late 12th century.
Qena is conveniently located as a transport hub, with direct roads to the Red Sea, as well as up and down the Nile. Railways run both south and north. Luxor is 65 km south, Sohag 140 km northwest, Hurghada 220 km northeast.
Qena produces a very popular form of water bottles, made from porous clay that keeps water 5-6ºC cooler than the outside temperature.
South Valley University was established in 1994 with headquarters in Qena, as well as campuses in Luxor, Aswan and Hurghada.

By Tore Kjeilen