Port Said Governorate

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Port Said Governorate
Flag of Port Said Governorate
Port Said Governorate on the map of Egypt
Port Said Governorate on the map of Egypt
Country  Egypt
Seat Port Said (capital)
 • Governor Adel Mohamed Ibrahim [1]
 • Total 1,345 km2 (519 sq mi)
Population (2015)
 • Total 666,599[2]
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
Website Port Said

Port Said Governorate (Egyptian Arabic: محافظة بورسعيد‎‎ Muḥāfẓet Būr Sa‘īd)[3] is one of the Canal Zone governorates of Egypt. It is located in the northeastern part of the country, on the Mediterranean Sea at the northern gate of the Suez Canal, making it the second most important harbor in Egypt. Its capital is the city of Port Said, it is the home of the Suez Canal Authority headquarters and the Lighthouse of Port Said. It is urban with 98.2% of the area populated.[2] Port Said Governorate also includes Port Fuad.[4]


See also: Port Said and Port Fuad

In 2015 a huge natural gas reserve was discovered and was described as "the largest ever found in the Mediterranean Sea". It was found off the coast of Port Said.[5] Egypt now has one of the largest areas of natural gas and Italian company, ENI has been contracted to work on the natural gas liquefaction for Egypt.[6][7] It was welcome news as Egypt has long suffered an energy crisis.[8][9]

The New Suez Canal project launched in 2015 included dredging of the East Port Said Canal.[10]

PORT SAÏD -- The French Cathedral and Kitchner Street



At the 2006 Census, there were 570,768 people. 2015 estimates put that figure at 666,599. With an urbanization rate of 100%, the Port Said Governorate is one of the most urbanized in the country, along with Cairo and Suez.[2]

Social unrest[edit]

In February, 2012, more than 70 people died in the Port Said Stadium Riot after a soccer match.[11] Social unrest in early 2013 continued for at least two weeks.[12] While protesting, on March 5, 2013, protesters set fire to the governorate's headquarters and several people were injured.[13]

In October, 2016 Egyptians protested the increase in their rent on apartments. One official and several residents were arrested.[14][15]

Industrial zones in Port Said[edit]

According to the Egyptian Governing Authority for Investment and Free Zones (GAFI), in affiliation with the Ministry of Investment (MOI), the following industrial zones are located in this governorate:[16]

  • The industrial zone C 1
  • The industrial zone C 6
  • The industrial zone C 11
  • The Northwest Bortex
  • The industrial zone south of Port Said (Al Reswah)

New urban community industrial zone[edit]

  • East Port Said


See also: Port Said and Port Fuad

To promote trade, during his presidency, Anwar Sadat declared it a duty-free zone. Port Said Governorate is a major transit point for trade, importing and exporting millions of tons of goods each year. Tourism is also promoted for the region.[17]

Important sites[edit]

See also: Port Said and Port Fuad

There are several museums in this area. For cultural tourism one may want to visit the Port Said National Museum of Antiquities which opened in 1987 and is located at the confluence of the Suez Canal waters and the Mediterranean Sea. It houses about 9,000 artifacts from all eras, ranging from the Pharaonic, Greek, Roman, and modern eras, as well as Coptic and Islamic eras.[18] The Military Museum of Port Said, established in 1964, commemorates the 1956 the tripartite aggression on the city. It features armory and military artifacts, equipment used in the wars fought between 1956 - 1967 and in 1973.[19] Al-Nasr Museum of Modern Art in Port Said opened on December 25, 1995 and includes artwork by Egyptian artists in various branches of Fine Art.[20][21]

The Statue de Lesseps, honoring Ferdinand de Lesseps, the developer of the Suez and Panama Canals, has its base at the entrance to the Suez Canal, along Palestine Street, where passing ships come from all over the world. This makes it a favorite with tourists.[22] Nearby, is the Suez Canal Authority building built on the banks of Port Said at the start of the project.[22]

The lighthouse and jetties at Port Said, located at the northern terminus of the Suez canal, and completed in 1869, were built of concrete of Teil lime and Port Said sand. The lighthouse is a monolith 180 feet high. In the construction 120,000 tons of Teil hydraulic lime were used. It was an important engineering feat involving 25,000 blocks, each weighing twenty-five tons.[23]

Tall al Faramah, also called Pelusium, is of Ecclesiastical and archeological importance.[24] It is an archeological, prehistoric site with ruins and a Byzantine church.[25]

In 2004, the marine sector of Egypt had 3,013 fishermen who were categorized in the recreational fishing sector, fishing in and around the Mediterranean Sea and Red Sea. "Recreational fishing is widely practised along the Mediterranean Coast", where Port Said is located.[26] Tel Tennis is an island (also called Tinnis or Thenessus) located 7 km (4.3 mi) southwest of Port Said on Lake Manzala and can be reached from Port Said by boat.[27]

One can find historic churches. There is a Roman Church, established in 1926,[28] a Melkite Greek Catholic Church called Saint Elias Greek Catholic Church[29] and an old French Cathedral.[30]


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  29. ^ "Melkite Greek Catholic Church Information Center". Melkite Greek Catholic Churches. Retrieved 18 October 2016. 
  30. ^ "French Cathedral". Geonames. Retrieved 20 October 2016. 

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Coordinates: 31°16′N 32°18′E / 31.267°N 32.300°E / 31.267; 32.300