Damietta Governorate

Damietta Governorate (Arabic: محافظة دمياط Muḥāfāzah Dumyat) is one of the governorates of Egypt. It is located in the northeastern part of the country, and has a population of over 1 million. Its capital is the city of Damietta.

Damietta Governorate

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Damietta Governorate on the map of Egypt
Coordinates: 31.4°N 31.72°E / 31.4; 31.72
Country Egypt
SeatDamietta (capital)
Government
  GovernorManal Awad Mikhael[1]
Area
  Total1,029 km2 (397 sq mi)
Population
 (January 2018)
  Total1,516,000[2]
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
HDI (2017)0.724[3]
high · 5th
Websitewww.domyat.gov.eg

Damietta (city) is famous for its guava farms, as well as the palm trees that cover the coast from Ras El Bar in the east to Gamasa in the west. The governorate exports millions of palm trees to many countries every year, including Greece and China. Damietta also produces wheat, maize, cotton, rice, potatoes, lemon, grapes and tomatoes. It is also famous for its sweet industry, sardine packing, and Domiati cheese. Ras El Bar, one of the oldest summer resorts in Egypt, is located at the point where The Nile meets the Mediterranean Sea.

In August 2018, Manal Awad Mikhail was the first Christian Coptic woman to be appointed as a governor in Egypt.[1][4]

Overview

An important feature of this governorate is the Damietta Port which has been able to accommodate the movement of ships when bad weather forbids nearby ports to do so.[5]

Municipal divisions

The governorate is divided into the following municipal divisions for administrative purposes, with a total estimated population as of July 2017 of 1,501,963.[6][7]

Municipal Divisions
Anglicized nameNative nameArabic transliterationPopulation
(July 2017 Est.)
Type
El Zarqaمركز الزرقاAz-Zarqā' incl. As-Sarw169,229Markaz
Damiettaمركز دمياطDumyāṭ334,298Markaz
Damietta 1قسم أول دمياطDumyāṭ 1109,812Kism (fully urban)
Damietta 2قسم ثان دمياطDumyāṭ 2173,067Kism (fully urban)
Faraskurمركز فارسكورFāraskūr256,866Markaz
Police Dept. Port of Damiettaإداره شرطه ميناء دمياط الجديدIdārah Shurṭah Mīnā' Dumyāṭ al-JadīdPolice-administrated Area
Kafr El Batikمركز كفر البطيخKafr al-Baṭṭīkh133,387Markaz
Kafr Saadمركز كفر سعدKafr Sa'd265,467Markaz
New Damiettaقسم مدينه دمياط الجديدهMadīnat Dumyāṭ al-Jadīdah50,393Kism (fully urban)
Ras El Barقسم رأس البرRa's al-Bar9,444Kism (fully urban)

Population

According to population estimates, in 2015 the majority of residents in the governorate lived in rural areas, with an urbanization rate of only 38.7%. Out of an estimated 1,330,843 people residing in the governorate, 815,244 people lived in rural areas as opposed to only 515,599 in urban areas[8]

Industrial zones

According to the Governing Authority for Investment and Free Zones (GAFI) the governorate is home to two industrial zones.[9]

Zone name Space (feddans)
New Damietta 558
General Free Zone in Damietta 190

Demographics

The governorate's area is 1.029 km² or about 5% of the Delta's area, and about 1% of the area of Egypt. The inhabited area is about 589.2 km². Its population – according to a 1999 census – was 953,430. The average rate of population growth is 2.09% per year.

Administrative divisions

The governorate consists of 4 subdivisions, 10 cities, 35 local village units, 59 villages and 722 sub-villages. The subdivisions are Damietta, Faraskur, El Zarqa and Kafr Saad. The governorate includes 7 colleges and institutes, 19 professional training centers, and 657 pre-college schools.

Furniture industry

The city of Damietta is famous for its skilled carpenters and furniture. Their products are sold in Egypt, and throughout the Middle East, Europe and the USA. 80% of the governorate's income is related to furniture.

See also

References

  1. "Manal Mikhail Becomes Egypt's First Female Coptic Governor". Egyptian Streets (in Arabic). 30 August 2018. Archived from the original on 2018-08-31. Retrieved 2018-08-31.
  2. "Population Estimates By Governorate ( Urban /Rural ) 1/1/2018". www.capmas.gov.eg. Archived from the original on 2018-11-02. Retrieved 10 October 2018.
  3. "Sub-national HDI - Area Database - Global Data Lab". hdi.globaldatalab.org. Retrieved 2018-09-13.
  4. "Egypt's first female Christian governor assumes office". Punch Newspapers. Archived from the original on 2018-08-31. Retrieved 2018-08-31.
  5. al-Khudari, Suhad (9 December 2018). "Despite the bad weather .. Regularity of movement of ships in the port of Damietta". El Watan News (in Arabic). Retrieved 11 December 2018.
  6. "Damietta Governorates Subdivisions". CityPopulation.de. Archived from the original on 2018-11-25. Retrieved 2018-11-24.
  7. "Markazes of Egypt". statoids.com. Gwillim Law. Archived from the original on 2017-10-19. Retrieved 26 November 2018.
  8. "Population Estimates By Sex & Governorate 1/1/2015" (PDF). CAPMAS. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2015-10-19. Retrieved 23 October 2016.
  9. "Industrial Zones of Governorate". Ministry of Investment Egypt. Archived from the original on 2018-11-23. Retrieved 23 November 2018.
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