Maekel Region

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Central Zone
Zoba Ma'akel
Map of Eritrea with the Maekel Region highlighted
Map of Eritrea with the Maekel Region highlighted
Country Eritrea
Capital Asmara
 • Administrator Kahsai Ghebrehiwet
 • Total 1,300 km2 (500 sq mi)
 • Total 1,053,254
 • Density 810/km2 (2,100/sq mi)
ISO 3166 code ER-MA

The Maekel Region (alternate spelling Maakel), known as the Regione Centrale in Italian, is one of the six regions of Eritrea.


It is the smallest region in area, and contains the major city and national capital, Asmara. Maekel is situated inland, and borders Anseba to the north-west, the Northern Red Sea region to the north-east, the Debub (Southern) region to the south, and Gash-Barka to the west.

Much of the architecture in the region reflects Italian colonial influences.


The region also includes the following districts:


Coordinates: 15°20′N 38°55′E / 15.333°N 38.917°E / 15.333; 38.917