Aswan Travel Blog› entry 3 of 5 › view all entries
We began our visit to Aswan with a morning tour of the High Dam construction site. The Asawan High Dam was then in the final stages of construction, with two years remaining until completion. They would not let us take pictures, so, sorry, no photos of the construction site to post. A civil engineer with us was most upset that there were to be no photos.
Construction vehicles and workers were very much in evidence and very busy. I noted the prominent signs for Osman Ahmed Osman Co. They were "The Arab Contractors" for the dam project, as the billboards announced. Indeed, they seemed to be doing the majority of the construction work. (The company's signs had been up at Cairo airport, too, for renovation work going on there.) Our guide told us the Russian advisors could be identified by their white short-sleeved shirts.
Next were the Aswan granite quarries. This was the location where the temple and tomb building material had been quarried in ancient times. There were unfinished obelisks and blocks left behind, as if Pharaoh's workers had just then decided to call it a day.
By early afternoon, it was time to go back out to the airport for the flight to Luxor.