Sharqia Governorate on the map of Egypt
|o Governor||Mamdouh Mustafa El-Sayed Ahmed Gharab|
|o Total||4,180 km2 (1,610 sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+2 (EET)|
Sharqiyya Governorate (Arabic: ? Muhafzet Al-Sharqiyya, Arabic pronunciation: [a?.?æ?'qejjæ]) is the 3rd most populous of the governorates of Egypt. Located in the northern part of the country, its capital is the city of Zagazig.
Bilbeis is the former capital of Sharqia. A section of the governorate once was part of the Qalyubia Governorate. There is a strong agriculture industry, poultry and fish farming in Sharqia.
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 7,192,355. In some instances there is a markaz and a kism with the same name.
|Anglicized name||Native name||Arabic transliteration||Population
(July 2017 Est.)
|Abu Hammad||? ?||Ab? ?amm?d||433,336||Markaz|
|Abu Kebir||? ?||Ab? Kab?r||447,083||Markaz|
|El Qanayat||Al-Qan?y?t||63,016||Kism (fully urban)|
|El Qurein||Al-Qurayn||84,358||Kism (fully urban)|
|New Salhia||?||A?-?ali?iyah al-Jad?dah||52,883||Kism (fully urban)|
|Awlad Saqr||?||Awl?d ?aqr||226,973||Markaz|
|Zagazig 1||Az-Zaq?z?q 1||176,240||Kism (fully urban)|
|Zagazig 2||Az-Zaq?z?q 2||207,463||Kism (fully urban)|
|Diyarb Negm||? ?||Diyarb Najm||493,043||Markaz|
|Faqous||F?q?s||104,244||Kism (fully urban)|
|Kafr Saqr||?||Kafr ?aqr||279,595||Markaz|
|10th of Ramadan City 1||?||Mad?nat 'Ashirh min-Raman 1||74,164||Kism (fully urban)|
|10th of Ramadan City 2||?||Mad?nat 'Ashirh min-Raman 2||145,278||Kism (fully urban)|
|Mashtool El Souk||?||Masht?l as-S?q||219,794||Markaz|
|Minya El Qamh||? ?||Miny? al-Qam?||771,987||Markaz|
|Minshat Abu Omar||?||Munsh?h Ab? 'Umar||86,670||Markaz|
According to population estimates, in 2015 the majority of residents in the governorate lived in rural areas, with an urbanization rate of only 23.1%. Out of an estimated 6,485,412 people residing in the governorate in 2015, 4,987,707 people lived in rural areas and 1,497,705 lived in urban areas.
According to the Governing Authority for Investment and Free Zones (GAFI) the governorate is home to two industrial zones. They are located in New Salhia, and in 10th of Ramadan.
The following cities and towns are located in Sharqia Governorate.
|10th of Ramadan||29,601|
|Mashtool El Souk||47,153|
|Minya El Qamh||67,450|
|El Salheya El Gedida||9,350|