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Country  Uganda
District  Arua District

Region  Northern Uganda
Mayor  Charles Asiki
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Map of Arua

Arua is a town and commercial centre within the Arua District in the Northern Region of Uganda.


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Arua town in 3 minutes


Arua is approximately 440 kilometres (270 mi), by road, north-west of Kampala, the capital and largest city of Uganda, and approximately 195 kilometres (121 mi), by road, west of Gulu, the largest town in the Northern Region.


Arua is an important base for non-governmental organizations working in the West Nile sub-region or serving Western Equatoria in South Sudan and the northeastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. It became an important commercial supply centre and transport route when the Yei–Juba road opened, enabling supplies to come into Juba from the south on the Kaya Highway instead of through Khartoum from the north.


A branch of the Uganda Railways was extended to Arua sometime after 1964, but there has been no passenger rail service in Uganda for many years.

The Vurra–Arua–Koboko–Oraba Road passes through town, in a south/north direction.

The city is served by Arua Airport, which has scheduled air service.


The 2002 national census estimated the population of Arua Town at 43,930. In 2010, the Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS) estimated the population to be 57,500. In 2011, UBOS estimated the population at 59,400. In August 2014, the national population census put the population at 62,657.

Administrative activities

The following administrations are seated in Arua:

  • headquarters of Arua District
  • headquarters of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Arua and the Church of Uganda's Madi West Nile Diocese
  • offices of the Arua Town Council
  • Other business and educational activities

  • a branch of PostBank Uganda
  • Arua Campus of Muni University in Muni, Oluko Sub-County
  • a campus of the Islamic University in Uganda
  • an office of the National Social Security Fund
  • Arua Campus of the Makerere University Business School
  • Arua Campus of Uganda Christian University in Ringili at St. Paul's Theological College
  • Arua Campus of Bugema
  • Arua central market
  • Arua Currency Center, a currency storage and processing facility, owned and operated by the Bank of Uganda, Uganda's central bank.
  • Arua Hospital, a 128-bed public, regional referral hospital administered by the Uganda Ministry of Health
  • main campus of Muni University, the sixth public university established by the government of Uganda
  • Ragem Beach
  • Media

    Analog broadcasts, which originate from Kampala, include WBS TV, UBC TV, and NTV. In early 2014, MBC 2 was aired in Arua as a test broadcast to pave way for Vision Group's Urban TV.

    Voice of Life, a Church of Uganda-founded radio station, has pioneered FM broadcasting in Arua since 1997.


    Arua Wikipedia