Luxor is one of the largest cities in Upper Egypt and the capital as well as largest city in the Luxor Governate. The city has earned the nickname, ‘the world’s greatest open air museum’ due to being the site of the Ancient Egyptian City of Thebes, and is therefore home to a number of artefacts and monuments as well as tombs and temples. As a popular destination for tourists, the city has plenty to offer, and expats living in Luxor will be able to take advantage of having sights such as the temples of Luxor and Karnak as well as the Valley of the Kings right on their doorstep. The city relies heavily on tourism for its economy, and therefore there are a number of hotels and leisure complexes as well as shops in the area.
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Travelling around Luxor is often done on foot, but there are also ferry services which are very affordable for residents. In order to get to some of the attractions it is also possible to take private motor boats in order to cross the river. The city has a number of taxis as well as horse carriages which are heavily used by tourists, and the city is connected along the Nile by rail. The cost of living can be low in Luxor compared to other large cities, and many residents choose to grow their own food. There are several school options for expatriates moving to Luxor with their families, as well as an international school, with the possibility of more opening in the future. Expats moving to Luxor may be able to find out more about their new home by signing up on InterNations. Our international expat community features fellow expatriates who can share information about living in Egypt and may be able to provide advice about the Luxor area.
As previously mentioned, Luxor’s main source of economy is in the tourism industry, which is where a number of its residents work. As a result, there are also a large number of shops and restaurants which similarly offer employment opportunities. Other areas of work in Luxor include agriculture, as the city is a large producer of sugarcane, with real estate another popular area of work. Whatever their field, expatriates working in Luxor will have to be prepared for the local hot desert climate which means that temperatures in the summer tend to be very high, whilst the winters are milder, although still warm. Expats working in Luxor should join InterNations in order to be able to easily socialize and network with other expats. With more than a million members making up our online expatriate community, there are bound to be fellow expatriates who can share information about seeking work in Luxor as well as other aspects of life in the city.