Qalyubia Governorate on the map of Egypt
|• Governor||Alaa Abdul-Halim Mohammed Marzouk|
|• Total||1,001 km2 (386 sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+2 (EET)|
Qalyubia Governorate (Arabic: محافظة القليوبية Moḥāfaẓah El Qalyubiyya Egyptian Arabic pronunciation: [elʔæljoˈbejjæ]) is one of the governorates of Egypt. Located in Lower Egypt. It is situated north of Cairo in the Nile Delta region. Its capital is Banha.
Banha and several other settlements blend into the neighboring Cairo Governorate; as a result, parts of Qalyubia (particularly Shubra El Kheima) are generally considered to form part of the Greater Cairo metropolitan area (along with Cairo governorate, Giza city and 6 October city).
|1937–2006, 2015 is an estimate|
The governorate is divided into the following municipal divisions for administrative purposes, with a total estimated population as of July 2017 of 5,647,716. In some instances there is a markaz and a kism with the same name.
|Anglicized name||Native name||Arabic transliteration||Population
(July 2017 Est.)
|Khanka||قسم الخانكه||Al-Khānkah||76,744||Kism (fully urban)|
|Khusus||قسم الخصوص||Al-Khuṣūṣ||459,586||Kism (fully urban)|
|El Qanater El Khayreya||مركز القناطر الخيرية||Al-Qanāṭir al-Khayriyah||507,179||Markaz|
|El Ubour||قسم العبور||Al-'Ubūr||130,654||Kism (fully urban)|
|Banha 1||قسم اول بنها||Banhā 1||106,815||Kism (fully urban)|
|Banha 2||قسم ثان بنها||Banhā 2||64,493||Kism (fully urban)|
|Kafr Shukr||مركز كفر شكر||Kafr Shukr||188,858||Markaz|
|Qaha||قسم قها||Qahā||47,898||Kism (urban and rural parts)|
|Qalyub||قسم قليوب||Qalyūb||146,987||Kism (fully urban)|
|Shubra El Kheima 1||قسم أول شبرا الخيمة||Shubrā al-Khaymah 1||483,762||Kism (fully urban)|
|Shubra El Kheima 2||قسم ثان شبرا الخيمة||Shubrā al-Khaymah 2||682,152||Kism (fully urban)|
|Shibin El Qanater||مركز شبين القناطر||Sibīn al-Qanāṭir||540,112||Markaz|
According to population estimates, in 2015 the majority of residents in the governorate lived in rural areas, with an urbanization rate of only 44.7%. Out of an estimated 5,105,972 people residing in the governorate, 2,825,045 people lived in rural areas as opposed to only 2,280,927 in urban areas.
The cities in the Qalyubia Governorate are:
- Shibin El Qanater
- Shubra El Kheima
- El Qanater El Khayreya
- Kafr Shukr
- Obour City
According to the Egyptian Governing Authority for Investment and Free Zones (GAFI), in affiliation with the Ministry of Investment (MOI), the following industrial zones are located in this governorate:
- Al Shorouk
- Al Safa
- Al Aqrasha
- (New urban community) Al Obour industrial zone
Qalyubia is known for its agricultural production of crops, fruits and vegetables. The most important of these crops include maize, cotton, wheat, citrus fruits, bananas, oranges and apricots. Qalyubia is also the leading Egyptian governorate in the production of poultry and eggs.
Programs and projects
In 1981, the Basic Village Service Program (BVS) had several water projects going on in the Qalyubia Governorate.
In a program that began on August 28, 2012 (through 2018), the European Union invested 40 million Euros on upgrading the infrastructure of informal areas in Qalyubia Governorate.
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