Rif Dimashq Governorate
|Rif Dimashq Governorate|
مُحافظة ريف دمشق
Map of Syria with Rif-dimashq highlighted
|Coordinates (Damascus): 33°30′N 37°00′E / 33.5°N 37°ECoordinates: 33°30′N 37°00′E / 33.5°N 37°E|
|• Total||18,032 km2 (6,962 sq mi)|
|• Density||160/km2 (410/sq mi)|
|Time zone||EET (UTC+2)|
|• Summer (DST)||EEST (UTC+3)|
|ISO 3166 code||SY-RD|
Rif Dimashq Governorate (Arabic: محافظة ريف دمشق Moḥaafaẓat Reef Demashq, literally, the "Governorate of the Countryside of Damascus") is one of the 14 governorates of Syria. It is situated in the southwestern part of the country. It borders the governorates of Quneitra, Daraa and al-Suwayda (comprising the historic Hauran region) in the southwest, Homs in the north, Lebanon in the west and Jordan in the south.
The Governorate completely surrounds the city-governorate of Damascus, which is home to the administrative headquarters of Rif Dimashq. It has an area of 18,032 km² and a population of 2,273,074 (2004 census).
The governorate is divided into ten districts (manatiq). There were nine districts until February 2009, when Qudsaya District was created from parts of Markaz Rif Dimashq and Al-Zabadani districts. The districts are further divided into 37 sub-districts (nawahi).
|Markaz Rif Dimashq||837,804|
Map of districts until February 2009
||Beqaa Governorate||Homs Governorate||Homs Governorate|
|Daraa Governorate||As-Suwayda Governorate||Mafraq Governorate|