Northern state, Sudan

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Northern
الشمالية
ash-Shamaliyah
State
A field in Dongola
A field in Dongola
Location in Sudan.
Location in Sudan.
Coordinates: 19°37′N 29°38′E / 19.617°N 29.633°E / 19.617; 29.633Coordinates: 19°37′N 29°38′E / 19.617°N 29.633°E / 19.617; 29.633
Country  Sudan
Region Northern
Capital Dongola
Area
 • Total 348,765 km2 (134,659 sq mi)
Population (2006 (est.))
 • Total 833,743
Time zone EAT (UTC+3)

Northern (Arabic: الشماليةAš Šamāliya) is one of the 18 wilayat or states of Sudan. It has an area of 348,765 km² and an estimated population of 833,743 (2006). Dongola is the capital of the state. The town of Wadi Halfa, a headquarters of the British in the late nineteenth century, is located in the north of the province. The other towns (localities) are Merowe, Karima, Al-Dabbah and Dongola. Northern Sudan was in ancient times Nubia. Jebel Uweinat is a mountain range in the area of the Egyptian-Libyan-Sudanese border