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Homs Governorate

Coordinates: 34°18′N 38°18′E / 34.3°N 38.3°E / 34.3; 38.3
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Homs Governorate
مُحافظة حمص
Map of Syria with Homs highlighted
Map of Syria with Homs highlighted
Coordinates (Homs): 34°18′N 38°18′E / 34.3°N 38.3°E / 34.3; 38.3
CountrySyria Syria
Manatiq (Districts)7
 • GovernorNamir Habib Makhlouf[1]
 • Total42,223 km2 (16,302 sq mi)
 Estimates range between 42,223 km2 and 42,226 km2
 • Total1,803,000
 • Density43/km2 (110/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)
ISO 3166 codeSY-HO
Main language(s)Arabic

Homs Governorate (Arabic: مُحافظة حمص / ALA-LC: Muḥāfaẓat Ḥimṣ) is one of the fourteen governorates (provinces) of Syria. It is situated in central Syria. Its geography differs in various locations in the governorate, from 40,940 km2 (15,807 sq mi)[2] to 42,223 km2 (16,302 sq mi).[3] It is geographically the largest governorate in Syria. Homs Governorate has a population of 1,763,000 as of 2010. The Homs governorate is divided into six administrative districts (mantiqah), with the city of Homs as a separate district. Homs is the capital city of the district of Homs. Its governor is Namir Habib Makhlouf.[4]

A Homs Governorate also formed part of Ottoman Syria, when it was also known as the Sanjak of Homs.


Al-Hawash, Homs in the Talkalakh District

The governorate is divided into seven districts, known as manatiqs. The districts are further divided into 25 sub-districts, known as nawahis:

* - a newly-created district since 2010, formerly belonging to Homs District



The Al-Mukharram District is predominantly inhabited by Alawites. The Taldou, Talkalakh, Homs and Al-Qusayr districts have a mixed Alawite, Sunni Muslim and Christian population. The Al-Qusayr District is also home to a large number of Shia Muslims.

Notable people


See also



  1. ^ "President al-Assad issues decrees on appointing new governors for eight Syrian provinces". Syrian Arab News Agency. 20 July 2022. Retrieved 15 August 2022.
  2. ^ "Syria Provinces".
  3. ^ "Syria: Governorates, Major Cities & Localities - Population Statistics in Maps and Charts".
  4. ^ Zwaan, Irene de (7 April 2014). "Pater Frans van der Lugt doodgeschoten in Homs - Burgeroorlog in Syrië - VK". de Volkskrant (in Dutch). Retrieved 7 April 2014.
  • ehoms The First Complete website for Homs news and services