We hear stories on the news of countries all over the world that don’t get enough rainfall, but what about the driest cities in the world? These ten places have less rain than the moon, but yet, that doesn’t mean they are all barren and desolate places where no human can live…
The Top 10 Driest Cities the World
10 – Zagazig, Egypt (Average Annual Rainfall: 1.18 mm)
Wiki Info: Zagazig is a city in Lower Egypt. Situated in the eastern part of the Nile delta, it is the capital of the governorate of Sharqia. Situated on the Nile Delta in the midst of a fertile district, Zagazig is a centre of the cotton and grain trade of Egypt. It has large cotton factories and used to have offices of numerous European merchants.
9 – Cairo, Egypt (Average Annual Rainfall: 1.14 mm)
Wiki Info: Cairo is the capital and largest city of Egypt. The city’s metropolitan area is the largest in the Middle East and the Arab world, and 15th-largest in the world, and is associated with ancient Egypt, as the famous Giza pyramid complex and the ancient city of Memphis are located in its geographical area.
8 – Giza, Egypt (Average Annual Rainfall: 1.10 mm)
Wiki Info: Giza is the third-largest city in Egypt. It is located on the west bank of the Nile, 3 mi south-west of central Cairo. Along with Cairo Governorate, Shubra El-Kheima, Helwan, 6th October City and Obour, the five form Greater Cairo metropolis.
7 – Suez, Egypt (Average Annual Rainfall: 0.87 mm)
Wiki Info: Suez is a seaport city in north-eastern Egypt, located on the north coast of the Gulf of Suez (a branch of the Red Sea), near the southern terminus of the Suez Canal, having the same boundaries as Suez governorate. It has three harbours, Adabya, Ain Sukhna and Port Tawfiq, and extensive port facilities.
6 – Trujillo, Peru (Average Annual Rainfall: 0.54 mm)
Wiki Info: Trujillo is a city in coastal northwestern Peru and the capital of La Libertad Region. It is the third most populous city and centre of the second most populous metropolitan area of Peru. It is located on the banks of the Moche River, near its mouth at the Pacific Ocean, in the Moche Valley.
5 – Callao, Peru (Average Annual Rainfall: 0.47 mm)
Wiki Info: El Callao is the chief seaport of Peru. The city is also called Provincia Constitucional, the only province of the Callao Region. The Historic Centre of Callao is located 9.3 miles west of Historic Centre of Lima, the country’s capital, and is part of the Lima Metropolitan Area. Callao borders Lima Province on the north, east and south, and the Pacific Ocean on the west.
4 – Asyut, Egypt (Average Annual Rainfall: 0.20 mm)
Wiki Info: Asyut is the capital of the modern Asyut Governorate in Egypt, which has one of the largest Coptic Catholic bishopric churches in the country; the ancient city of the same name, which is situated nearby. The modern city is not located at the same place as the ancient city.
3 – Aswan, Egypt (Average Annual Rainfall:0.04 mm)
Wiki Info: Aswan, formerly spelled Assuan, is a city in the south of Egypt, the capital of the Aswan Governorate. Aswan is a busy market and tourist centre located just north of the Aswan Dams on the east bank of the Nile at the first cataract. The modern city has expanded and includes the formerly separate community on the island of Elephantine.
2 – Luxor, Egypt (Average Annual Rainfall: 0.02 mm)
Wiki Info: As the site of the Ancient Egyptian city of Thebes, Luxor has frequently been characterized as the “world’s greatest open-air museum”, as the ruins of the temple complexes at Karnak and Luxor stand within the modern city. Immediately opposite, across the River Nile, lie the monuments, temples and tombs of the West Bank Necropolis, which includes the Valley of the Kings and Valley of the Queens.
1 – Antofagasta, Chile (Average Annual Rainfall: 0.02 mm)
Wiki Info: Antofagasta is a port city in northern Chile, about 700 miles north of Santiago. It is the capital of Antofagasta Province and Antofagasta Region. According to the 2012 census, the city has a population of 345,420. Formerly part of Bolivia, Antofagasta was captured by Chile in the War of the Pacific and the transfer of sovereignty was finalised in the 1904 Treaty of Peace and Friendship between the two countries.