City of Mit Ghamr, Egypt
Mit Ghamr in the El Dakahila Governorate in Egypt is a center renowned for producing large amount of aluminium, accounting up to 70% of the total aluminium production in Egypt. The city is the most crowded place in the Governorate and is centered on Damietta branch of the Nile. The city is made up of many smaller towns and villages and is a home to vast agricultural lands and popular factories. Aluminum industry and agriculture are the two main activities which make Mit Ghamr so popular on the Egyptian commercial map.
The exact location of Mit Ghamr
Mit Ghamr is located between 4 governorates and shares boundaries with all of them. Towards the North are the Al Dakahlia governorate and the capital of this governorate Al Mansurah lies about 43 kms away from Mit Ghamr. Towards the south, the city shares its boundaries with Al Qaliobiah governorate, with its capital Banha situated about 35 kms from Mit Ghamr. On the east lies the Al Sharqiah governorate where the capital Zagazig is located 28 kms from the city. The last or western boundary is of the Al Gharbiah governorate and its capital Tanta City can be reached after travelling a distance of 29 kms from Mit Ghamr. Mit Ghamr: the many towns and villages making this Mit Ghamr includes not few but many villages like Mit Yaeish, Mit El Faramawi, Mit Nagy, Dundait, Masara, SimBo MaqaM (also: Makkam, Kafr Sarnaga, Sant Mai, and Sanafa.) The villages lie around the city and are used for growing a large number of crops like rice, corn, wheat and cotton.
Popular places in Mit Ghamr
- Al Azhar University’s branch is a popular place here which is located in one of the many villages surrounding Mit Ghamr, the university’s branch is newly constructed at Tafanha and the place is said to be built by the locals here where hundreds of students now seek education and guidance for career.
- The Coptic Orthodox Church is another renowned structure at Mit Ghamr which is even referred as the Mari gorges church. The church is touted to be an old structure and people have a belief that it was visited by Saint George in the year 1920, when the town saw a big fire, leaving only the church as a safe place to survive. People believe that they saw the Saint hovering on the church’s top with his horse. Over time the church has transformed into a beautiful tourist attraction and has a big congregation and many priests too.
- Mit Ghamr is believed to be the pioneering place where the first Islamic branch was set which has now revived as a global banking system.
- At Mit Ghamr there is an Egyptian Pigeon House which is constructed from mud brick depicting an artificially made mountainous topography. While pigeon is a part of the daily diet, the droppings of these birds are a source of fertilizer. These Pigeon Houses are now found everywhere and are slowly becoming a part of Spain as well.
Famous people born at Mit Ghamr
One of the most renowned Islamic Scholars, Sheikh Muhammad Metwally Al Shaarawy was born in the Dakadous village here, where he was even cremated later on. Another is Sheikh AbdulSalaM Hassan Qandeel who took birth at the Simbo Maqam village.
Other very famous people of Egypt who share their birth and association with Mit Ghamr are:
- Poet Alawadi Elwakil
- Lawyer Mortada Mansour
- Engineer Mohamed Sakr
- The first Islamic bank by Dr. Ahmad El Najjar was also started in Mit Ghamr which seems to be the birth place of the global Islamic Banking system.
Popular places near Mit Ghamr
The popular places of Egypt which share close location with Mit Ghamr are
- Hurghada, El-bahr El-ahmar, Egypt
- Shamal Sina', Egypt
- Dumyat, Egypt
- Al Minya, Egypt
- Daqahlia, Egypt
A final word
Mit Ghamr shares a rich history and is a home to many famous people that Egypt ever saw. The aluminium production is the most popular activity here which concentrates on aluminium utensils contributing a significant amount in the economy of Egypt as a whole. The place is a treat for all those literature and history lovers seeking to learn more about Egyptian history.