Ar Ramtha

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Ar-Ramtha City
مدينة الرمثا
City
The City Hall
The City Hall
Ar-Ramtha City is located in Jordan
Ar-Ramtha City
Ar-Ramtha City
Coordinates: 32°33′0″N 35°51′0″E / 32.55000°N 35.85000°E / 32.55000; 35.85000Coordinates: 32°33′0″N 35°51′0″E / 32.55000°N 35.85000°E / 32.55000; 35.85000
Country  Jordan
Province Irbid Governorate
Municipality established 1927
Government
 • Type Municipality
 • Mayor Hussein Abu Sheeh El-Zubi
Population (2010)[1]
 • Total 120,367
Time zone GMT +2
 • Summer (DST) +3 (UTC)
Area code(s) +(962)2
Website http://www.ramthacity.gov.jo

Ar Ramtha, also known as Al-Ramtha (Arabic: الرمثا‎) is a city situated in the far northwest of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. It covers 40 km, and has a population of 120,365 people.

Name[edit]

Ar Ramtha is named after a local desert plant, Al Ramath (Arabic: الرمث‎). During its occupation by the Roman Empire, the city was known as Ramatha.

Ramtha Plane.jpg

History[edit]

A Byzantine archeological site in Ar Ramtha

The Roman Empire utilized Ar Ramtha as a remote hub to cross-link their colonies. The ruins of buildings and ancient Roman antiquities have been discovered at different parts of Ar Ramtha. During the Islamic expansion, Ar Ramtha, which was in the Houran territory, was a port for Muslim scholars crossing between Syria and Al-Hijaz. Historically and sociologically, the city is the twin to Daraa city in Syria, which is located on just the other side of the border.

Economy[edit]

Ar Ramtha's economy relies on commerce and import and export trading. The Al Hassan industrial estate houses several outsourcing companies supported by foreign shareholders with most of the products sold to American and European markets.

Culture[edit]

The city is famous for the inherited ritual-poetries recited in wedding ceremonies and public affairs. One of their dances is called the Dabke for which people from Ar Ramtha are famous. Mijwez music originated in Ar Ramtha. Famous artists from Ar Ramtha are Nayef El-Zubi, Hussein Al-Salman, Lil ZeeJo (Rapper), Anwar alshare, and Mitaab Al-Saggar.

Sport[edit]

This city has two sports clubs, Al-Ramtha SC, a football club which is also a member of the premium Jordan League, and Ittihad Al-Ramtha, another football club which is a member in the first division in Jordanian Football League.

Education[edit]

The city is home to the Jordan University of Science and Technology, which includes a large University hospital that provides medical treatment in the region, and offers chances to medical students in the university to intern and learn during their study years.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Entry at "the world gazeteer"