Damietta Governorate

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Damietta Governorate
Flag of Damietta Governorate
Official logo of Damietta Governorate
Damietta Governorate on the map of Egypt
Damietta Governorate on the map of Egypt
Coordinates: 31°24′N 31°43′E / 31.4°N 31.72°E / 31.4; 31.72Coordinates: 31°24′N 31°43′E / 31.4°N 31.72°E / 31.4; 31.72
Country Egypt
SeatDamietta (capital)
 • GovernorManal Awad Mikhael[2]
 • Total1,029 km2 (397 sq mi)
 (January 2018)
 • Total1,516,000[1]
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
HDI (2017)0.724[3]
high · 5th

Damietta Governorate (Arabic: محافظة دمياطMuḥāfāzah Dumyat) is one of the governorates of Egypt. It is located in the northeastern part of the country, and has a population of over 1 million. Its capital is the city of Damietta.

Damietta (city) is famous for its guava farms, as well as the palm trees that cover the coast from Ras El Bar in the east to Gamasa in the west. The governorate exports millions of palm trees to many countries every year, including Greece and China. Damietta also produces wheat, maize, cotton, rice, potatoes, lemon, grapes and tomatoes. It is also famous for its sweet industry, sardine packing, and Domiati cheese. Ras El Bar, one of the oldest summer resorts in Egypt, is located at the point where The Nile meets the Mediterranean Sea.

In August 2018, Manal Awad Mikhail was the first Christian Coptic woman to be appointed as a governor in Egypt.[2][4]


An important feature of this governorate is the Damietta Port which has been able to accommodate the movement of ships when bad weather forbids nearby ports to do so.[5]

Municipal divisions[edit]

The governorate is divided into the following municipal divisions for administrative purposes, with a total estimated population as of July 2017 of 1,501,963.[6][7]

Municipal Divisions
Anglicized name Native name Arabic transliteration Population
(July 2017 Est.)
El Zarqa مركز الزرقا Az-Zarqā' incl. As-Sarw 169,229 Markaz
Damietta مركز دمياط Dumyāṭ 334,298 Markaz
Damietta 1 قسم أول دمياط Dumyāṭ 1 109,812 Kism (fully urban)
Damietta 2 قسم ثان دمياط Dumyāṭ 2 173,067 Kism (fully urban)
Faraskur مركز فارسكور Fāraskūr 256,866 Markaz
Police Dept. Port of Damietta إداره شرطه ميناء دمياط الجديد Idārah Shurṭah Mīnā' Dumyāṭ al-Jadīd Police-administrated Area
Kafr El Batik مركز كفر البطيخ Kafr al-Baṭṭīkh 133,387 Markaz
Kafr Saad مركز كفر سعد Kafr Sa'd 265,467 Markaz
New Damietta قسم مدينه دمياط الجديده Madīnat Dumyāṭ al-Jadīdah 50,393 Kism (fully urban)
Ras El Bar قسم رأس البر Ra's al-Bar 9,444 Kism (fully urban)


According to population estimates, in 2015 the majority of residents in the governorate lived in rural areas, with an urbanization rate of only 38.7%. Out of an estimated 1,330,843 people residing in the governorate, 815,244 people lived in rural areas as opposed to only 515,599 in urban areas[8]

Industrial zones[edit]

According to the Governing Authority for Investment and Free Zones (GAFI) the governorate is home to two industrial zones.[9]

Zone name Space (feddans)
New Damietta 558
General Free Zone in Damietta 190


The governorate's area is 1.029 km² or about 5% of the Delta's area, and about 1% of the area of Egypt. The inhabited area is about 589.2 km². Its population – according to a 1999 census – was 953,430. The average rate of population growth is 2.09% per year.

Administrative divisions[edit]

The governorate consists of 4 subdivisions, 10 cities, 35 local village units, 59 villages and 722 sub-villages. The subdivisions are Damietta, Faraskur, El Zarqa and Kafr Saad. The governorate includes 7 colleges and institutes, 19 professional training centers, and 657 pre-college schools.

Furniture industry[edit]

The city of Damietta is famous for its skilled carpenters and furniture. Their products are sold in Egypt, and throughout the Middle East, Europe and the USA. 80% of the governorate's income is related to furniture.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Population Estimates By Governorate ( Urban /Rural ) 1/1/2018". www.capmas.gov.eg. Archived from the original on 2018-11-02. Retrieved 10 October 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Manal Mikhail Becomes Egypt's First Female Coptic Governor". Egyptian Streets (in Arabic). 30 August 2018. Archived from the original on 2018-08-31. Retrieved 2018-08-31.
  3. ^ "Sub-national HDI - Area Database - Global Data Lab". hdi.globaldatalab.org. Retrieved 2018-09-13.
  4. ^ "Egypt's first female Christian governor assumes office". Punch Newspapers. Archived from the original on 2018-08-31. Retrieved 2018-08-31.
  5. ^ al-Khudari, Suhad (9 December 2018). "Despite the bad weather .. Regularity of movement of ships in the port of Damietta". El Watan News (in Arabic). Retrieved 11 December 2018.
  6. ^ "Damietta Governorates Subdivisions". CityPopulation.de. Archived from the original on 2018-11-25. Retrieved 2018-11-24.
  7. ^ "Markazes of Egypt". statoids.com. Gwillim Law. Archived from the original on 2017-10-19. Retrieved 26 November 2018.
  8. ^ "Population Estimates By Sex & Governorate 1/1/2015" (PDF). CAPMAS. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2015-10-19. Retrieved 23 October 2016.
  9. ^ "Industrial Zones of Governorate". Ministry of Investment Egypt. Archived from the original on 2018-11-23. Retrieved 23 November 2018.

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