The name of Kom Ombo comes from the Coptic word “Umbo” and the Ancient Egyptian “Nub” which means “Gold”. It is a small town and a capital of a parish serving the agricultural villages around it. In Ptolemaic and Roman times, Kom Ombo was a station for elephants caravan imported from Africa to be used in armies and was also a station on the road to the desert’s gold mines and caravan routes to the western oases and Sudan. The reason behind the prominent of the city currently is the existence of prominent tourist attractions which are Sobek and Haroris Temples.
These are widely visited monuments in Aswan and this makes tourism the main economic resources of the city. There are some other resources such as services, administration, and the sugar industry. The majority of the inhabitants are Egyptians but some of them are Nubians.