Al-Haffah District

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al-Haffa District
منطقة الحفة
Map of al-Haffa District within Latakia Governorate
Map of al-Haffa District within Latakia Governorate
Coordinates (al-Haffa): 35°35′N 36°02′E / 35.58°N 36.03°E / 35.58; 36.03Coordinates: 35°35′N 36°02′E / 35.58°N 36.03°E / 35.58; 36.03
Country  Syria
Governorate Latakia
Seat al-Haffa
Subdistricts 5 nawāḥī
 • Total 569.81 km2 (220.00 sq mi)
Population (2004)[1]
 • Total 81,213
 • Density 140/km2 (370/sq mi)
Geocode SY0603

Al-Haffah District (Arabic: منطقة الحفة‎, translit. manṭiqat al-Ḥaffah‎) is a district of the Latakia Governorate in northwestern Syria. Administrative centre is the city of al-Haffah. At the 2004 census, the district had a population of 81,213.[1]

Al-Haffah District is located in the area of An-Nusayriyah Mountains east of Lattakia city. It is an important trading centre where local farmers sell their apple fruits and other products. It has a significant historical importance as it was one of the main strategic points of the invading Crusaders. It is home to the Salah Ed-Din Castle; a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

With its Mediterranean fir forests and mild temperature in summer, the district is also one of the popular tourist destinations in Syria. Many mountainous resorts are located in the district, mainly in the town of Slinfah.


The district of al-Haffah is divided into five sub-districts or nawāḥī (population as of 2004[1]):

  • Al-Haffah Nahiyah (ناحية الحفة): population 23,347.[2]
  • Slinfah Nahiyah (ناحية صلنفة): population 19,518.[3]
  • Ayn al-Tineh Nahiyah (ناحية عين التينة): population 6,825.[4]
  • Kinsabba Nahiyah (ناحية كنسبّا): population 17,615.[5]
  • Muzayraa Nahiyah (ناحية مزيرعة): population 13,908.[6]