Wadi Halfa


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Wadi Halfa

(wä`dē hăl`fə), town, N Sudan, on Lake Nubia (Lake Nasser). It is the terminus of a railroad from Khartoum and is the point at which cotton, wheat, livestock, and other goods are transferred to steamers going down the Nile into Egypt. Archaeological expeditions have worked to excavate and preserve the area's numerous Egyptian antiquities, which faced flooding from the reservoir of the Aswan High Dam.

Founded in the 19th cent., Wadi Halfa became (1885–98) the headquarters of the Anglo-Egyptian army as it prepared to reconquer Sudanese territory from the MahdiMahdi
[Arab.,=he who is divinely guided], in Sunni Islam, the restorer of the faith. He will appear at the end of time to restore justice on earth and establish universal Islam. The Mahdi will be preceded by al-Dajjal, a Muslim antichrist, who will be slain by Jesus.
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. The railroad up the Nile to Wadi Halfa was built to support Lord Kitchener's forces during the reconquest. During World War II, the town served as a staging post on the Allied communication line with Egypt via central Africa.

Wadi Halfa

a town in the N Sudan that was partly submerged by Lake Nasser: an important archaeological site
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One child was actually recovered as far north as Wadi Halfa just as he was to be exported to Egypt.
I spent my 22nd birthday on Wadi Halfa station waiting for the steam train to go to Khartoum across the Nubian desert which is an incredible journey.
Kitchener could travel most of the way by train, and one of his first tasks was to extend the railway south from Wadi Halfa. Another was to assemble the steam-powered gunboats which had arrived at Wadi Halfa in crates.
For six weeks the three travelled the length of Sudanese Nubia, driving by car from village to village, all the way north to Wadi Halfa, cruising and photographing - and in Veillon's case sketching, drawing and painting as well - every day.
FILE - Minister of State for Military Production Mohamed al-Assar CAIRO - 18 February 2019: The extension of Toshky transmission plant, which is a double circuit transmission line stretching over 170 kilometers with a capacity of 220/66 kV, has been established and linked with Sudan's Wadi Halfa in collaboration with Siemens.
During the meeting, Shoukry reviewed the latest positive developments in bilateral relations, such as the electrical interconnection project between the two countries, and cooperation on airport safety and management, as well as finding solutions to the challenges facing the Nile Valley Commission for River Navigation, which links Wadi Halfa in Sudan and Aswan in Egypt.
The Minister , meanwhile , disclosed that " Wadi Halfa projection " is one of sticking points over 22 borderline with Egypt and that it would be addressed if Halayeb issue is solved.
The family members pointed that Khalil entered Egypt legally after the consulate in Khartoum granted him a visa to visit his relatives in Alexandria, saying the Egyptian authorities handed over his passport to the Sudanese police in Wadi Halfa.
Supply of batteries for the guidance lights along the navigational Nile Path in the section Asswan to Wadi Halfa. Pre bid meeting is set for 9/18/2012.
But it was not until New Year's Day 1897 that work started on the desert railway line from Wadi Halfa on the Egyptian border to Abu Hamed and ultimately to Atbara.
Relations between Egypt and Sudan are expected to witness more strength, especially with the start of the electricity linkage project between the two countries, the cooperation in the management and security of airports, and talks to discuss solutions for challenges faced by the Nile Valley Authority for River Navigation, which links the Wadi Halfa region in Sudan with Egypt's Aswan.
The minister said that the ministry would contribute with all its capabilities to support development projects in Wadi Halfa, giving directives to the Sudanese Company for Mineral Resources to sit down with the companies operating in the mining sector in the area and offer the service projects required by the people there to see the possibility of contribution to implementation of them.