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مدينة الرصيفة
The city of Russeifa
The city of Russeifa
Official seal of Russeifa
Russeifa is located in Jordan
Location in Jordan
Coordinates: 32°1′4″N 36°2′47″E / 32.01778°N 36.04639°E / 32.01778; 36.04639Coordinates: 32°1′4″N 36°2′47″E / 32.01778°N 36.04639°E / 32.01778; 36.04639
Country  Jordan
Governorate Zarqa Governorate
Municipality established 1957
 • Type Municipality
 • Mayor Osama Haimour
 • City 15 sq mi (38 km2)
Elevation 2,300 ft (700 m)
Population (2010)
 • City 280,000
 • Metro 500,000
 • Metro density 40,000/sq mi (15,000/km2)
Time zone UTC+2 (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+3 (UTC+3)
Area code(s) +(962)5

Russeifa, also spelled Russiefa, (Arabic: الرصيفة‎‎) is a city in Zarqa Governorate in Jordan. It has a population of about 280,000 (2009 estimate), making it the fourth-largest city in Jordan, after Amman, Irbid, and Zarqa.


The city of Russeifa is located in the Central region of Jordan, in the Zarqa River basin, on the Amman-Zarqa highway. Amman, Zarqa, and Russeifa form one large metropolitan area, the second largest metropolitan area in the Levant, after Damascus. The city administratively belongs to Zarqa Governorate. Due to its proximity to Amman and Zarqa, it houses several heavy industries.


The Jordan National Census of 2004 showed the population of Russeifa as 268,237.[2] The female to male ratio was 48.46% to 51.54%. Jordanian citizens made up 89.6% of Russeifa's population.

Districts of Metropolitan Russeifa[edit]

The metropolitan area is divided into five districts as follows:

Districts of Russeifa metropolitan
District Arabic Name Area (Km2
Hitteen District منطقة حطين 6.51
Ameriyya District منطقة العامرية 5.0
Yarmouk District منطقة اليرموك 3.0
Qadessiyya District منطقة القادسية 4.0
Rasheed District منطقة الرشيد 8.0


The city is known for the phosphate mine industry since 1935, first discovered by Amin Kamel Kawar.[3] The Jordan Phosphate Mines company, founded by Kawar, operates and runs the phosphate mines in Russeifa.

Many heavy industries are based in Russeifa due to its location between the two large cities of Amman and Zarqa, and due to the presence of the Zarqa River.

In 1943, the world's only fossil remains of the Arambourgiania dinasoaur discovered so far, were found near the Amman-Damascus railway.


  1. ^ Russeifa City website
  2. ^ "2004 Census" (PDF). 
  3. ^ "Amin K. Kawar".