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El Alamein

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Map of Al Alamayn

El Alamein (or Al Alamayn) is a town in northern Egypt on the Mediterranean Sea coast. It is located 106 km (66 miles) west of Alexandria and 240 km (150 miles) northwest of Cairo.

Today it is mostly a port facility for shipping oil.

History

El Alamein played a major role in the outcome of World War II. Two extended battles were fought in that area:

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Commonwealth War Cemetery, El Alamein

Tourism

There is a local war museum with collectibles from The Battle of El Alamein and other North African Battles. Visitors can also go to the Italian and German Military Cemetery on Tell el-Eisa Hill just outside the town. There is also a Commonwealth war cemetery with graves of soldiers from various countries who fought on the British side.

An Australian army base in South Australia near Port Augusta is named after the battle of El Alamein.

In 2004, Swiss hotel company Movenpick Hotels & Resorts opened the luxury five-star Movenpick Resort & Spa El Alamein. The hotel is one of the most luxurious on the Mediterranean Sea coast, offering new facilities and spacious rooms. Various other hotel groups have expressed interest in expanding into El Alamein.

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