Kafr El Sheikh Governorate
|Kafr El Sheikh Governorate|
Kafr El Sheikh Governorate on the map of Egypt
|Seat||Kafr El Sheikh (capital)|
|• Governor||Al-Sayed Ibrahim |
|• Total||3,437 km2 (1,327 sq mi)|
|• Density||900/km2 (2,300/sq mi)|
|Time zone||EET (UTC+2)|
|Website||Kafr El Sheikh|
Kafr El Sheikh Governorate  (Egyptian Arabic: محافظة كفر الشيخ Muḥāfaẓat Kafr El Sheikh) is one of the governorates of Egypt. It lies in the northern part of the country, along the western branch of the Nile in the Nile Delta. Its capital is the city of Kafr El Sheikh.
2015 population estimated figures for Kafr ElSheikh Governorate were 23.1% urban and 3,172,753 people: 2,441,246 in rural areas, and 731,507 in urban areas.
Kafr El Sheikh Governorate, which was once part of the Gharbia Governorate, was created in 1949. It was originally named Fuadiyah in honor of King Fuad I of Egypt. After the 1952 Revolution and the subsequent abolition of the monarchy, the governorate took the name of its capital city Kafr El Sheikh. This name, adopted in 1955, means "the village of the chief".
The region occupied today by the Kafr El Sheikh Governorate has been well-known since the ancient Egyptian period. The capital of Lower Egypt, called "Buto", is located today at Tel El Faraain (the hill of the Pharaohs), near Desouk.
Lake Burullus is located in the north of the Kafr El Sheikh governorate.
The governorate comprises of 11 cities:
Industries include cotton-processing factories, rice and fishing.
Kafr El Sheikh University comprises faculties for commerce, engineering, agriculture, veterinary medicine, arts, physical education, science, education, special education and pharmacy.
Notable people from Kafr El Sheikh Governorate
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- Official Kafr el-Sheikh Governorate website
- Official Kafr el-Sheikh Governorate trade point website
- UNDP Kafr ash Shaykh Human Development Index Indicator's page