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Al-Fayoum Oasis, Egypt
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 Al-Fayoum is the largest oasis in Egypt, a fertile basin of 70 square kilometres incorporating two lakes, southwest of Cairo.   It has long been a favourite retreat for Egyptians.   In fact it is not a true oasis, as its water source is the Nile rather than an isolated spring.

Today, the oasis is home to two million people, and supports significant farming.   Its olives are considered the richest in Egypt.    


Location of Fayoum in Egypt
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeLocation of Fayoum in Egypt - Credit: NordNordWest, Wikimedia Commons