Al-Zabadani

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Al-Zabadani
الزبداني
Az-Zabadani
Al-Zabadani
Al-Zabadani
Al-Zabadani is located in Syria
Al-Zabadani
Al-Zabadani
Location in Syria
Coordinates: 33°43′30″N 36°5′50″E / 33.72500°N 36.09722°E / 33.72500; 36.09722Coordinates: 33°43′30″N 36°5′50″E / 33.72500°N 36.09722°E / 33.72500; 36.09722
Country Flag of Syria.svg Syria
Governorate Rif Dimashq Governorate
District al-Zabadani District
Nahiyah Al-Zabadani
Elevation 1,100 m (3,600 ft)
Population (2004 census)[1]
 • Total 26,285
Area code(s) 13

Al-Zabadani or Az-Zabadani (Arabic: الزبداني‎) is a city in southwestern Syria in the Rif Dimashq Governorate, close to the border with Lebanon. It is located in the center of a green valley surrounded by high mountains at an elevation of around 1,100 m. According to the Syria Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS), Al-Zabadani had a population of 26,285 in the 2004 census.[1]

Overview[edit]

Compared to Damascus, the weather in Al-Zabadani tends to be milder in the summer — about 5–8 degrees less, but from December to the end of February it is colder with a lot of snow, and the temperature drops to -10 degrees. The mild weather along with the scenic views, made the town a popular resort both for tourists and for visitors from other Syrian cities, especially from nearby Damascus and for tens of thousands of visitors from the Arabian peninsula. A more elevated region than Al-Zabadani is its neighbour, Bloudan, also a resort for thousands of tourists. Bloudan is about 1,500 metres above sealevel.

Al-Zabadani is predominantly Sunni with a substantial percentage of Christians. Christians have their own church and monastery. Al-Zabadani is rapidly growing and is well connected to Damascus.

The Scouts of Syria have a national training center at Al-Zabadani, where the first Arab Jamboree was held in 1954.

Localities in Al-Zabadani District[edit]

According to the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS), the following villages, towns and cities, make up the district of Al-Zabadani:[2]

English Name Arabic Name Population Subdistrict
Al-Zabadani الزبداني 26,285 Al-Zabadani
Madaya مضايا 9,371 Madaya
Serghaya سرغايا 7,501 Serghaya
al-Rawdah (al-Batrounah) (الروضة (البطرونة 4,536 Al-Zabadani
Souq Wadi Barada سوق وادي بردى 3,678 Al-Zabadani
Bloudan بلودان 3,101 Al-Zabadani
Hurayra هريرة 2,455 Madaya
Ain Hawr عين حور 1,974 Serghaya
Baqin بقين 1,866 Madaya
Kafr al-Awamid كفر العواميد 1,588 Al-Zabadani
Barheliya برهليا 821 Al-Zabadani
Hosh Bajed حوش بجد 604 Al-Zabadani

Syrian civil war[edit]

Main article: Battle of Zabadani

On January 18, 2012 Al-Zabadani became the first city to fall under the control of the Free Syrian Army following a bloody battle that lasted 11 days.[3]

On February 11, the Syrian Army regained control of the city.

The city of Al-Zabadani is vitally important to Syria's government and to Iran because, at least as late as June 2011, the city served as the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps's logistical hub for supplying Hizballah.[4]

City twinning[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b General Census of Population and Housing 2004. Syria Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS). Rif Dimashq Governorate. (Arabic)
  2. ^ http://www.cbssyr.org/General%20census/census%202004/pop-man.pdf
  3. ^ Fahim, Kareem (January 21, 2012). "In Syrian City, a Calm That Few Expect to Last". New York Times. Retrieved 2012-01-22. 
  4. ^ Holliday, Joseph (March 2012). Syria's Armed Opposition. Middle East Security Report 3. Institute for the Study of War. p. 25. Retrieved 9 July 2012 
  5. ^ "اتفاق توءمة بين مدينة نوين كيرشين الألمانية والزبداني Twining agreement between the city of Nguyen Kirchen German and Zabadani". The New Alphabet/SANA. Retrieved 2009-11-30. 

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