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About Luxor

Luxor, once an Ancient Egyptian capital, is known today as the world’s greatest open-air museum. From the tomb of Tutankhamen in the Valley of the Kings and the magnificent sunset views at the majestic temple complexes of Karnak and Luxor to the exciting and fun Nile boat trips, Luxor is the perfect choice for culture vultures.

The lifeblood of the ancient Egyptian civilization, the mighty Nile River cuts Luxor in half, and much of your time in Luxor will be spent not far from its banks. The urbanized East Bank is home to most of Luxor’s tourist infrastructure and temples, including the Karnak and Luxor Temples, many hotels, ranging from spartan chic to refined elegance, and transport infrastructure including the train station and airport. The city centre area on the East Bank is fairly compact, and much can be explored on foot. A range of transport options, from ferries, feluccas and boat taxis, to bikes, taxis and horse carriages, make accessing the more distant sights simple.

Across the river on the West Bank sometimes referred to as the Theban Necropolis, and long used as a burial ground for ancient Luxor’s rulers is situated the Valleys of the Kings, Queens and Nobles. Less urbanized than the East Bank, the West Bank’s idyllic countryside gives travellers a glimpse of how Luxor appeared in days gone by. While most hotels are located across the river, the West Bank offers some delightful hotel options, particularly for those looking for more of a rural or off the beaten-track option. A regular passenger ferry connects the two banks.

Luxor’s souks (markets) offer all sorts of souvenirs, clothing and jewellery, some of it kitsch, some fine and uniquely crafted. The Valleys of the Kings and Queens are dotted with alabaster workshops, where this translucent local stone is handcrafted into vases, bowls and statues. The mud-brick buildings are covered with brightly coloured paintings showing scenes of ancient and modern Egyptian life. The Nile Corniche also offers colourful shops and mini-bazaars and the stairs at various intervals along the Corniche lead to the lower, river-side level, where you will find more shops, restaurants and cafés in a pleasant pedestrian-only environment.

An experience you will never forget is a hot air balloon flight over Luxor’s treasures at dawn… or, for an equally leisurely journey, choose a felucca (Nile sailboat) and meander along the Nile’s lush, still untouched banks, powered only by wind and currents.


Luxor has a hot desert climate and is one of the sunniest and driest cities in the world.

The weather in February is pleasantly warm with daytime temperatures around 22-25°C (72-77°F), and night-time temperatures of 7-9°C (45-48°F).


The international calling code for Egypt is +20.

Internet access is widely available in Luxor, and most hotels, apartments and hostels offer free WiFi or wired internet access.

WiFi is available at the congress venue for registered delegates.

Currency, Credit Cards and Exchanging Money

The currency of Egypt is the Egyptian Pound (LE, EGP), which is divided into 100 piastres.

It is advisable to get some local currency for a stay in Luxor. Currency exchange shops and banks offer the best exchange rates.

Most of the major hotels and stores accept credit cards, such as Visa and MasterCard, along with travellers’ cheques and certain foreign currencies like Euro, Sterling and US Dollars. As there are high fees charged for processing credit cards, most businesses prefer to be paid in cash. Where cards are accepted it is normal for the customer to pay the bank processing fee.

Automated teller machines (ATMs) are in all the major hotels and outside banks.


The electricity supply in Egypt is 220V/50Hz.

Electrical sockets take standard European-style two-pin plugs:

British, North American and other non-European visitors should bring adaptors.


The official language of Egypt is Arabic. Many people, especially in the hospitality sector, speak some English and French.

The language of the congress is English.

Time Zone

Egypt lies in the EET time zone (GTM+2).

Visa & Entry Requirements

All foreign travellers require an entry visa to visit the Egyptian territories. Most of Egypt’s tourists and visitors can obtain their visas at any of the country’s entry points (airports and ports). This type of visa is valid for a one-month period, starting from the arrival date.

To obtain this visa, it is required that you hold a valid passport, with an expiry date at least 6 months after the end of your stay in Egypt.

You should check if you need to apply for a visa in your homeland prior to your journey to Egypt with your nearest Egyptian embassy, consulate or representative office.



Steigenberger Nile Palace Hotel

Khaled Ben El-Walid St., 85111 Luxor, Egypt

Tel.:  +20 95 23669 99



The Registration Area is located on Level -2 of the venue.

Please note that name badges must be worn at all times.

Certificate of Attendance

Certificates of attendance may be collected from the registration area from Friday during registration opening hours.

Exhibition Area

The Exhibition Area is located Nile Palace II Room, on the lower level of the venue. Exhibition opening times are listed in the Facilities Timetable Overview.


Free WiFi is available in the public areas of the venue.

Coffee Breaks

Coffee Breaks will be served each morning and afternoon on Thursday 16th, Friday 17th and Saturday 18thFebruary in the Exhibition Area.


Lunches will be served on Thursday 16th, Friday 17th and Saturday 18th February in the Nubian Restaurant. Vouchers will be distributed to all delegates with the congress material.

Welcome Ceremony & Reception

All delegates are invited to attend the Welcome Ceremony, which takes place at 19:00 on Thursday 16thFebruary in the Nile Palace I Room.

The Welcome Ceremony will be immediately followed by a Welcome Reception, which all delegates are invited to join.


The venue for the 4th EMEC is:

Steigenberger Nile Palace Hotel

Khaled Ben El-Walid St., 85111 Luxor, Egypt

Tel.:   +20 95 23669 99

The Steigenberger Nile Palace Hotel is located on the banks of the Nile. The Valley of the Kings and the famous Pharaoh’s tombs lie on the other side of the river, about 26 km away. The international airport is 13 km away.

The Steigenberger Nile Palace Hotel is the leading conference venue in Luxor.