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Dêrika Hemko
North east
North east
Nickname(s): ديريك
Al-Malikiyah is located in Syria
Location in Syria
Coordinates: 37°10′N 42°08′E / 37.167°N 42.133°E / 37.167; 42.133
Country  Syria
Governorate Al-Hasakah Governorate
District Al-Malikiyah District
Elevation 500 m (1,640 ft)
Population (2004 census)
 • Total 26,311
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) +3 (UTC)
Area code(s) 052

Al-Malikiyah (Arabic: المالكيةAl Mālikiya, Classical Syriac: ܕܪܝܟ, Dayrik, Kurdish: Dêrika Hemko) is a small Syrian city and the center of an administrative district belonging to Al-Hasakah Governorate. The district constitutes the northeastern corner of the country. The town is about 20km west of the Tigris river which defines the triple border between Syria, Turkey and Iraq. The population enjoys demographic and ethnic diversity that is characteristic of most of Al-Hasakah Governorate. The town is inhabited by Chaleans, Arabs, Kurds, and Armenians. The 2004 official census recorded the population of the town as 26,311.[1]

Al-Malikiyah, which is named after a Syrian army officer Adnan al-Malki." The original native name is a matter of controversy. The Kurdish name Dêrika stands for tumbleweed which is ubiquitous in the region. The alternative name, Dayrik, is presented as a Kurdish deformation of the [[Chaldean]/Syriac] word for "monastery." (Dayr). The town's indigenous people are Assyrians/Syriacs who trace their ancestry to many Turkish villages (Tur Abdin) whose inhabitants fled to Syria after the Assyrian Genocide.

The northern half of the town is mainly inhabited by Muslim Kurds in the north, and in the south by the Chaldeans. As the economic center of the district, the town is usually flocked by people from the surrounding villages and towns, especially during the morning hours. Al-Malikiyah has seen a dramatic urban expansion and real estate development in recent years which led to many streets being extended to new neighborhoods that are now part of the continually growing town.


Coordinates: 37°10′N 42°08′E / 37.167°N 42.133°E / 37.167; 42.133