Al-Haffah District

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Al-Haffah District (Arabic: منطقة الحفة‎ / ALA-LC: Minṭaqat al-Ḥaffah) is a district (mantiqah) administratively belonging to Latakia Governorate, Syria. Its administrative centre is the city of Al-Haffah. At the 2004 Census it had a population of 81,213.[1]

Al-Haffah District is located in the area of An-Nusayriyah Mountains east of Lattakia city. It is an important trading centre where local farmers sell their apple fruits and other products. It has a significant historical importance as it was one of the main strategic points of the invading Crusaders. It is home to the Salah Ed-Din Castle; a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

With its Mediterranean fir forests and mild temperature in summer, the district is also one of the popular tourist destinations in Syria. Many mountainous resorts are located in the district, mainly in the town of Slinfah.


The district of Al-Haffah is divided into five sub-districts or Nāḥiyas (population according to 2004 official census):

  • Al-Haffah Nahiyah (ناحية الحفة): population 23,347.[2]
  • Slinfah Nahiyah (ناحية صلنفة): population 19,518.[3]
  • Ayn al-Tineh Nahiyah (ناحية عين التينة): population 6,825.[4]
  • Kinsabba Nahiyah (ناحية كنسبّا): population 17,615.[5]
  • Muzayraa Nahiyah (ناحية مزيرعة): population 13,908.[6]