Kafr el-Sheikh Governorate
|Kafr el-Sheikh Governorate|
|Governorate of Egypt|
|Seat||Kafr el-Sheikh (capital)|
|• Governor||Mohamed Ezzat Agwa|
|• Total||3,437 km2 (1,327 sq mi)|
|• Density||760/km2 (2,000/sq mi)|
|Time zone||EET (UTC+2)|
Kafr el-Sheikh Governorate (Arabic: محافظة كفر الشيخ Muḥāfaẓat Kafr aš Šayḫ) is one of the governorates of Egypt. It lies in the northern part of the country, along the western branch of the Nile in the Nile Delta. Its capital is the city of Kafr el-Sheikh.
Kafr el-Sheikh Governorate, which was once part of the Gharbia Governorate, was created in 1949. It was originally named Fuadiyah in honor of King Fuad I of Egypt. After the 1952 Revolution and the subsequent abolition of the monarchy, the governorate took the name of its capital city Kafr el-Sheikh. This name, adopted in 1955, means "the village of the chief".
The region occupied today by the Kafr el-Sheikh Governorate has been well-known since the Ancient Egyptian period. The capital of Lower Egypt, called "Buto", is located today at Tel el-Faraain (the hill of the Pharaohs), near Desouk.
Lake Burullus is located in the north of the Kafr el-Sheikh governorate.
The governorate comprises 11 cities:
- Al Hamool
- Baltim Resort city
- Kafr el-Sheikh
- Sidi Salem
Industries include cotton-processing factories, rice and fishing.
Kafr el-Sheikh University comprises faculties for Commerce, Engineering, Agriculture, Veterinary Medicine, Arts, Physical Education, Science, Education, Special Education and Pharmacy.
Notable people from Kafr el-Sheikh governorate
- Ibrahim El-Desouki,Muslim pious men.
- Hamdeen Sabahy.
- Adel El-Banna.
- Khalid Essafty.
- Mohamed El-Desouky.
- Marwa Naeem.
- "Mansour appoints 20 new governors". Daily News Egypt. Retrieved 15 August 2013.
- Room, Adrian (2006). Placenames of the World: Origins and Meanings of the Names for 6,600 Countries, Cities, Territories, Natural Features, and Historic Sites (2nd ed.). Jefferson, NC: McFarland. p. 185. ISBN 978-0-7864-2248-7. Retrieved 2010-08-07.
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- Official Kafr el-Sheikh Governorate website
- Official Kafr el-Sheikh Governorate trade point website
- UNDP Kafr ash Shaykh Human Development Index Indicator's page
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