Gabès Governorate

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Coat of arms of Gabès
Coat of arms
Map of Tunisia with Gabès highlighted
Map of Tunisia with Gabès highlighted
Coordinates: 33°53′N 10°07′E / 33.883°N 10.117°E / 33.883; 10.117Coordinates: 33°53′N 10°07′E / 33.883°N 10.117°E / 33.883; 10.117
Country Tunisia
Created June 21, 1956[1]
Capital Gabès
 • Governor Abdelkarim Mesbah (DCR)
 • Total 7,166 km2 (2,767 sq mi)
Area rank Ranked 8th of 24
Population (2014)
 • Total 374,300
 • Rank Ranked 16th of 24
 • Density 52/km2 (140/sq mi)
Demonym Gabesian
(Arabic: قابسي, Gabsi‎)
Time zone CET (UTC+01)
Postal prefix 60xx
Calling code 75-2/75-3
ISO 3166 code TN-81

Gabès Governorate (Arabic: ولاية ڨابسWilāyat Gābis) is one of the 24 governorates of Tunisia. It is located in south-eastern Tunisia. It covers an area of 7166 km²[1] and has a population of 374,300 (2014 census).[2][3] The capital is Gabès.


The governorate of Gabès is located in southeast Tunisia on the coast of the Gulf of Gabès, 376 km south of the capital, Tunis.

It has some small cities, such as:

Gabès has a hot Mediterranean climate. Gabès offers five contrasting landscapes: the beach, the mountains, the desert, small forest, oasis. It contains the eastern end of Chott el Fejej.


The most famous tourist site in Gabès governorate is Matmata. Matmata is one of the rare cities in the world that is still in its original state. Gabès is famous for its mountains and natural places.

Administrative divisions[edit]

Administratively, the governorate is divided into ten delegations (mutamadiyat), ten municipalities, nine rural councils, and 73 sectors (imadas).[1] The delegations and their populations from the 2004 and 2014 censuses,[2] are listed below:

Delegation Population in 2004 Population in 2014
El Hamma 62,390 73,512
El Metouia 25,862 27,878
Gabes Medina 47,057 46,731
Gabes Ouest 28,389 31,768
Gabes Sud 61,699 74,422
Ghannouch 22,681 28,051
Menzel El Habib 11,477 10,148
Mareth 61,340 63,122
Matmata 5,766 4,444
Nouvelle Matmata 15,969 14,224