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Balila is Turkish for "high point". It is located at the foot of the mountains bordering Syria known as Huran, which translates to "flat land".
Balila's economy relies on local commerce and farming.
The town is famous for the ritual poetry recited in wedding ceremonies and public affairs. The Dabke, an Arab folk dance, has had several notable dancers from Balilia.
The town is home to the Jordan University of Science and Technology, which includes a large private hospital that provides medical treatments and allows medical students attending the university to participate in internships.
Dabke (Arabic: دبكة; also transliterated dabka and dabkeh) is the most popular Arab folk dance in Palestine, Jordan, Lebanon, and Syria.It is also danced in parts of Egypt Iraq, and Saudi Arabia. A line dance, it is widely performed at weddings and joyous occasions. The leader of the dabke heads the line, alternating between facing the audience and the other dancers.