Woqooyi Galbeed

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Woqooyi Galbeed
Location in Somaliland .
Location in Somaliland .
Coordinates: 6°6′47″N 47°59′17″E / 6.11306°N 47.98806°E / 6.11306; 47.98806Coordinates: 6°6′47″N 47°59′17″E / 6.11306°N 47.98806°E / 6.11306; 47.98806
Country  Somaliland
Capital Hargeisa
Time zone EAT (UTC+3)

Woqooyi Galbeed (Somali: Woqooyi Galbeed, Arabic: وقويي جالبيد‎‎), also known as Maroodi Jeex, is an administrative region (gobol) located in northwestern Somaliland.[1] [2] It is considered to be the most populous region in Somalia.


Marrodi Jeex or Waqooyi Galbeed is bordered by Ethiopia to the south, the Somaliand region of Awdal to the west, Togdheer to the east, and the Gulf of Aden to the north. The highest point in the region is Buurta Wagar (2004 meters), which rises southeast of Berbera. Its capital is Hargeisa. It is known to be a very strategic region with rich farmlands and large ports.


The Woqooyi Galbeed region has a total population of 2.4 million residents.

Woqooyi Galbeed is mainly inhabited by people from the Somali ethnic group, with Sa'ad Musse and Isse Musse sub-clans of Habr Awal well represented.

It's also inhabited by a sizeable minority of Eidagalle and Arap both sub-divisions of Isaaq clan.


The Woqooyi Galbeed region consists of three districts:[3]

Major cities[edit]


  1. ^ Regions of Somaliland
  2. ^ "Somalia". The World Factbook. Langley, Virginia: Central Intelligence Agency. Retrieved 6 December 2013. 
  3. ^ "Wooqoyi Galbeed Region" (PDF). Retrieved 30 December 2013. 

External links[edit]

Woqooyi Galbeed travel guide from Wikivoyage