The city of Luxor, Egypt, wants to help up to 12,000 daily visitors to its temples, tombs, and other historical sites get the most out of their trip, while supporting its tourism industry by helping visitors find tour guides, hotels, restaurants, transportation,
and other services. In 2012, the Egyptian Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) launched the Luxor Mobile Portal, powered by Windows Azure and designed specifically for smartphones running the Windows Phone 7 operating system. Now visitors
can now use a single mobile application to take virtual tours of historical sites and locate services in Luxor, and MCIT has helped support one of the most important segments of the Luxor economy.