Graham McDiland is an Englishman who fell in love with Luxor five years ago and decided to relocate there, precisely in El-Karnak east of the ancient city, unlike most foreign residents who prefer the West Bank.
The yearlong wonderful and sunny weather is a key reason that prompted McDiland to consider moving there what with his being diagnosed with a skin condition that can be alleviated in a sunny, dry weather.
Among the reasons accountable for McDiland’s relocation to Luxor, are the relatively cheaper life expenses in comparison to his homeland which according to him make life in Luxor much better than that of the west. He added jokingly: “I’m really not that far from home! I’m just a five-hour flight away from London Heathrow Airport.”
Graham, who resides in Luxor with his wife, works in pharmaceuticals and teaches in the University of Alexandria.
A city in need of tourists
“Tourism workers need to grasp with the fact that due to the global economic crisis, European tourists are no longer able to spend as liberally as they used to. Tourists are now attracted to other more affordable countries in the region that used the turmoil in Egypt to their advantage and moderated their prices.”