Beni Suef Governorate
Beni Suef Governorate on the map of Egypt
|Seat||Beni Suef (capital)|
|o Governor||Hani Abdul-Jaber Mohammed Ibrahim|
|o Total||1,322 km2 (510 sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+2 (EET)|
This governorate's capital is the city of Beni Suef, located about 120 km south of Cairo on the west bank of the Nile River. The area is well known in Egypt for its cement factories. The nearby Meidum pyramid is the only prominent tourist attraction in the area.
Due to different ways of transcribing the spelling it can also be known as Beni Suef, or Beni Swaif.
The rate of poverty is more than 60% in this governorate but recently some social safety networks have been provided in the form of financial assistance and job opportunities. The funding has been coordinated by the country's Ministry of Finance and with assistance from international organizations.
The governorate is divided into the following municipal divisions for administrative purposes with a total estimated population as of July 2017 of 3,171,186. In some cases a markaz and a kism share a name.
|Anglicized name||Native name||Arabic transliteration||Population
(July 2017 Est.)
|El Wasta||? ?||Al-W?si||493,368||Markaz|
|Beni Suef||?||Ban? Suwayf||235,867||Kism (fully urban)|
|Beni Suef||? ?||Ban? Suwayf||431,278||Markaz|
|New Beni Suef||? ?||Mad?nat Ban? Suwayf al-Jad?dah||27,873||Kism (fully urban)|
|Sumusta El Waqf||?||Sumus al-Waqf||277,235||Markaz|
According to population estimates from 2015 the majority of residents in the governorate live in rural areas, with an urbanization rate of only 23.2%. Out of an estimated 2,856,812 people residing in the governorate, 2,193,871 people live in rural areas as opposed to only 662,941 in urban areas.
According to the Egyptian Governing Authority for Investment and Free Zones (GAFI), in affiliation with the Ministry of Investment, the following industrial zones are located in this governorate: