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Administrative Committee
Kumitat Amministrattiv ta' Bubaqra
Bubaqra tower
Bubaqra tower
Country  Malta
Island Malta
Suburb of Flag of Zurrieq.svg Żurrieq
 • Total 2,000
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code ZRQ
Dialing code 356

Bubaqra is a small, rural area in Żurrieq, in the south-east of Malta. It is situated between the zones of Nigret and Ħal Far. Has a population of 2,000 people. Even though it is one of the oldest areas in this village, many new buildings are being constructed and this area is searched most by newlyweds who come to live in this quiet, airy area. At the centre of this zone, a small church is situated, dedicated to our Holy Mary. A few metres away, there is also the churchyard of this village dedicated to St. Leon.


A lot of Maltese mock the name of this area since in Maltese the name literally means 'owner of the cow'. However, the name of this area originated from Bubakra (from Bakkar), literally meaning 'to wake up early'. With the surrounding area consisting of mainly fields and rural areas, the people of this area used to "get up early to start working their fields".

A popular tower which carries the zone's name, the 'Bubaqra tower', is situated on the outskirts of this zone. This tower was built by the Knights of St. John and served possibly as an observation point to spot an enemy approach by sea. However, at least one local information service believes that it was merely an elaborate residence.[1] Currently this exceptionally beautiful tower is in private hands.


  1. ^ "ZURRIEQ - BLUE GROTTO". Maltassist web portal. Retrieved 2008-12-03. 

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Coordinates: 35°49′N 14°29′E / 35.817°N 14.483°E / 35.817; 14.483