El Menia City or the Bride of Upper Egypt is the capital of El Minia Governorate located 250km to the south of Cairo. It is a city of a great history that dates back to ancient Egyptian times and was known as Menat Khufu and in the New Kingdom, It was the center from which Akhenaton started his revolution of unifying the ancient Egyptian gods in one god called Aton. At that time, it was the cult of worshiping it and there are numerous temples for worshiping the sun god Aton throughout El Minia especially in Tell El Amarna and Beni Hassan archeological sites.
Within El Minia City one can enjoy visiting El Mayteen Cemetry, one of the major tourist places, and other mosques such as El Umrah Mosque and El Lammati Mosque, the oldest mosques of the city of magnificent Islamic decorations and architectural style. Nowadays, El Minia is one of the major cities in Upper Egypt that is provided with all essential needs and facilities and encloses a university and a hospital of all highly advanced technologies.
The major economic resources for the city are industry, agriculture and trade. It is renowned for soap, sugar and perfume industries in addition to textile ginning and other industries depending on agricultural crops produced in the city.