Markaz Rif Dimashq

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Markaz Rif Dimashq District (yellow) within Rif Dimashq. The small enclosed uncolored area is Damascus Governorate.

Markaz Rif Dimashq (Arabic: مركز ريف دمشقMarkaz Rif Dimašq) is a Syrian district (mantiqah) administratively belonging to Rif Dimashq Governorate. It is a group of municipalities around, but not including, the Damascus Governorate (the city of Damascus). At the 2004 Census it had a population of 837,804. Markaz Rif Dimashq has no official administrative centre. With a population of 136,427 inhabitants, the town of Sayyidah Zaynab is the largest city of the district.


The district of Markaz Rif Dimashq is divided into six sub-districts or nawāḥī (population according to 2004 official census):

  • Al-Kiswah nahiyah (ناحية الكسوة): population 112,095.[1]
  • Babbila nahiyah (ناحية ببيلا): population 341,625.[2]
  • Jaramana nahiyah (ناحية جرمانا): population 114,363.[3]
  • Al-Malihah nahiyah (ناحية المليحة): population 56,652.[4]
  • Kafr Batna nahiyah (ناحية كفر بطنا): population 123,474.[5]
  • Arbin nahiyah (ناحية عربين): population 89,595.[6]


Coordinates: 33°30′47″N 36°17′31″E / 33.513°N 36.292°E / 33.513; 36.292