Balila

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Balila
بليل
Town
Balila is located in Jordan
Balila
Balila
Coordinates: 32°23′5″N 35°55′57″E / 32.38472°N 35.93250°E / 32.38472; 35.93250Coordinates: 32°23′5″N 35°55′57″E / 32.38472°N 35.93250°E / 32.38472; 35.93250
Country  Jordan
Province Jerash Governorate
Municipality established 1927
Government
 • Type Municipality
 • Mayor Magableh
Population (2007)
 • Total 12,000
Time zone GMT +2
 • Summer (DST) +3 (UTC)
Area code(s) +(962)2

Balila (Arabic: بليل) is a town in far northwest Jordan, between Irbid and Jerash located in the Jerash Governorate. It covers 40 km², and has a population of over 8,000 people.

Name[edit]

Balila is Turkish for "high point". It is located at the foot of the mountains bordering Syria known as Huran, which translates to "flat land".

History[edit]

Balila is located near the border of Syria and Israel. The Roman Empire utilized Balila as a remote hub to link between their colonies.

Economy[edit]

Balila's economy relies on both public and private sectors, local commerce and farming.

Culture[edit]

The town is famous for the ritual poetry recited in wedding ceremonies and public affairs. The Dabke, an Arab folk dance, has had several notable dancers from Balilia.