Safwa City

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Safwa (Arabic: صفوى‎‎, ٍSafwa) is a city in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia situated on the Persian Gulf coast. It does not belong to the Qatif area. Safwa has a population of about 100,000 people. Safwa has all basic government departments, public utilities, educational institutions and health care centers. People in Safwa work in various sectors such as; education, health care, banking, mining, oil and gas, and commerce. The city includes one of the most organized neighborhoods in the eastern region, Al-Zahra neighborhood (Arouba), which has more than 1,200 residential units and an area of 336 hectares. The city has a history of 6500 years and was also known as Darius, after Darius III.


The city was named after Darius III, the king of Persia because he liked the city. There was a battle between Darius III and Alexander the Great in Safwa. Darius III won the war in 334 BC and Alexander the Great was defeated. Therefore, Safwa had been called Darius until the year 1945 "The Identity Year". In 1945, the Saudi government started to document the residents of the city and started documenting the demographics of the region. At that time the city was expanding, the old city there was called still Darius. However, Safwa became the popular name which was the word that people used to use for the pure water that came out form an old water spring, that spring also called Darius because Darius army was drinking water form it before the battle.

Notable people[edit]

Ali Maalam (علي المعلم) is a renowned swimmer and currently now coaching the country's swimming team [1]


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Safwa club Founded by: Club Safa Sports Besvoy in the 1368 H. (1947 AD) and is classified as second-class clubs, currently has stadium seating equipped with the latest equipment and lounges, including a closed lounge for games, and during the seventies shares of the club because of the achievements of sports of its members where the club team pool tournament Kingdom achieved for several courses and kept the lead until the mid-eighties, is still at the forefront of Saudi Arabia difference in swimming. The players club also won the forefront of the national team pool, which achieved most of the Gulf sports tournaments and achieved gains on the Arab and international levels. There are in the elite club of the best swimmers Kingdom, the club also featured in volleyball, handball and basketball games and self-defense at the level of the Kingdom. Coordinates: 26°39′N 49°57′E / 26.650°N 49.950°E / 26.650; 49.950