Rif Dimashq Governorate

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Rif Dimashq Governorate
مُحافظة ريف دمشق
Map of Syria with Rif-dimashq highlighted
Map of Syria with Rif-dimashq highlighted
Coordinates (Damascus): 33°30′N 37°00′E / 33.5°N 37°E / 33.5; 37Coordinates: 33°30′N 37°00′E / 33.5°N 37°E / 33.5; 37
Country  Syria
Capital n/a
Manatiq (Districts) 10
 • Total 18,032 km2 (6,962 sq mi)
Population (2011)
 • Total 2,836,000
 • Density 160/km2 (410/sq mi)
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
ISO 3166 code SY-RD
Main language(s) Arabic

Rif Dimashq Governorate (Arabic: محافظة ريف دمشق‎‎ Moḥaafaẓat Reef Demashq, literally, the "Governorate of the Countryside of Damascus") is one of the 14 governorates of Syria. It is situated in the southwestern part of the country. It borders the governorates of Quneitra, Daraa and al-Suwayda (comprising the historic Hauran region) in the southwest, Homs in the north, Lebanon in the west and Jordan in the south.

The Governorate completely surrounds the city-governorate of Damascus, which is home to the administrative headquarters of Rif Dimashq. It has an area of 18,032 km² and a population of 2,273,074 (2004 census).[1]


The governorate is divided into ten districts (manatiq). There were nine district until February 2009, when Qudsaya District was created from parts of Markaz Rif Dimashq and Al-Zabadani districts. The districts are further divided into 37 sub-districts (nawahi).

The Districts of Rif Dimashq Governorate
Districts Population
(Census 2004)
Markaz Rif Dimashq 837,804
Douma 433,719
Al-Qutayfah 119,283
Al-Tall 115,937
Yabroud 48,370
An-Nabek 80,001
Al-Zabadani 63,780
Qatana 207,245
Darayya 260,961
Qudsaya 105,974
Total Governorate 2,273,074

Map of districts until February 2009