Balila

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Balila
Balila is located in Jordan
Balila
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 Magableh
Population (2007)
 • Total 12,000
Time zone GMT +2
 • Summer (DST) +3 (UTC)
Area code(s) +(962)2

Balila is a town in far northwest Jordan, between Irbid and Jerash located in the Irbid Governorate. It covers 40 km², and has a population of over 8,000 people.

Name[edit]

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".

History[edit]

Snow in Amman
Spring in Amman

Balila is located near the border of Syria and Israel. The Roman Empire utilized Balila as a remote hub to link between their colonies.

Economy[edit]

Balila's economy relies on local commerce and farming.

Culture[edit]

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.

Education[edit]

Jordan University of Science and Technology Hospital.

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.

Influenced dance[edit]

Main article: Dabke
Men dancing dabke in Al-Bireh

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.