Aïn Beïda, Oum El Bouaghi

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Aïn Beïda
Commune and city
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Aïn Beïda is located in Algeria
Aïn Beïda
Aïn Beïda
Coordinates: 35°47′N 7°23′E / 35.783°N 7.383°E / 35.783; 7.383
Country  Algeria
Province Oum El Bouaghi Province
District Aïn Beïda District
Population (2008)
 • Total 118,662[1]
Time zone CET (UTC+1)

Aïn Beïda is a city and municipality (baladiyah) located in Oum El Bouaghi Province, Algeria, south east of Constantine and north of Khenchla, inhabited by Chaouis. In 1998 its population was 88,300.[2]

Etymology[edit]

Aïn is Arabic and means spring, while Beïda means white. Thus, Aïn Beïda literally means "White spring". The "whiteness" refers to the purity of the water that springs from the said spring.

History[edit]

The town center still features a garden that houses Roman ruins, which indicates that the town has a long and rich history.

Historical population
Year Population[2]
1954 18,900
1966 30,800
1977 42,600 (town)
44,300 (municipality)
1987 62,000
1998 88,300
2011 220,000

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