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Sharqia Governorate

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Country  Egypt
Time zone  EET (UTC+2)
Area  4,180 km²
Seat  Zagazig (capital)
Website  Website
Capital  Zagazig
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Colleges and Universities  Zagazig University, Egyptian Air Academy, Faculty of Technology and Deve

Sharqia Governorate (Arabic: محافظة الشرقية‎‎ Muḥāfẓet El Sharʔiya, [eʃ.ʃæɾˈʔejjæ], [eʃ.ʃæɾˈɡejje]) 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.


Map of Ash Sharqia Governorate, Egypt


According to population estimates from 2015 the majority of residents in the governorate live in rural areas, with an urbanization rate of only 23.1%. Out of an estimated 6,485,412 people residing in the governorate, 4,987,707 people live in rural areas as opposed to only 1,497,705 in urban areas.

Industrial zones

According to the Governing Authority for Investment and Free Zones (GAFI) the governorate is home to five industrial zones.

List of cities and towns

Sharqia is divided into 13 administrative divisions and 15 cities, 2 districts, 105 rural local units, and 3885 minor villages.

Notable people

  • El-Said Badawi, sociolinguist
  • Mohamed Morsi, former President of Egypt
  • Ahmed Shafik, former Prime Minister of Egypt and Presidential Candidate for Egyptian presidential election, 2012
  • Abaza family, the largest family in Sharqia and Egypt's largest family of Circassian origin.
  • Ahmed Subhy Mansour, founder of the Quranist movement
  • Abdel Halim Hafez, popular singer and actor
  • Miral al-Tahawy, award-winning Bedouin novelist
  • Yusuf Abu Rayya, award-winning novelist
  • Husayn Fawzi Al Najjar, political historian and Islamic scholar
  • Magdi Yacoub, professor of cardiothoracic surgery at the National Heart and Lung Institute
  • Sama El Masry, actress, belly dancer, and activist
  • Ahmed Fouad Negm, Egyptian vernacular poet
  • Rushdy Abaza, actor
  • Fekry Pasha Abaza, journalist and political activist
  • Ahmed 'Urabi, the leader of the 1881 nationalist uprising against the British
  • References

    Sharqia Governorate Wikipedia