Dakahlia Governorate ( ar|محافظة الدقهلية ', ) is an Egyptian governorate lying northeast of Cairo. Its area is approximately 3,500 km². Its capital is Mansoura.



According to the Egypt's Ministry of Antiquities, in February, 2020, Egyptian archaeologists have uncovered 83 tombs dating back to 4,000 B.C known as Naqada III period. Various small pottery pots in different shapes and some sea shells, makeup tools, eyeliner pots, and jewels were also revealed in the burial.

Municipal divisions

The governorate is divided into the following municipal divisions and in July 2017 had an estimated population of 6,516,489. At times there is a kism and a markaz with the same name.


According to population estimates, in 2015 the majority of residents in the governorate lived in rural areas, with an urbanization rate of 28.2%. Out of an estimated 5,949,001 people residing in the governorate, 4,271,428 people lived in rural areas as opposed to 1,677,573 in urban areas. By 2018, the population had increased to an estimated 6,577,000.


The Urology and Nephrology Center of Mansoura University Faculty of Medicine also features a renowned kidney center. Founded in 1983. Under the management of Dr. Mohamed A. Ghoneim.

Cities and towns

*Aga *Bilqas *Damas *Dikirnis *El Gamaliya *El Kurdi *El Matareya *El Senbellawein *Gamasa *Gogar *Mansoura *Manzala *Mit Elkorama *Mit Ghamr *Mit Salsil *Nabaroh *Sherbin *Temay El Amdeed *Talkha

Industrial zones

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: *Southwest Gamasa *Asafra

Notable people


*Ahmad Hasan al-Zayyat, writer and intellectual *Anis Mansour, writer *Ali Mahmoud Taha, romantic poet *Adel Emam, movie and stage actor *Faten Hamama, actress and producer *Hassan al-Imam, film director *Iman Mersal, poet *Khaled El Nabawy, actor *Mohamed Abla, artist *Mahmoud Mokhtar, sculptor *Naguib Surur, poet and playwright *No'man Ashour, poet and playwright *Ramy Essam, musician *Sherif Mounir, movie and stage actor *Umm Kulthum, renowned singer and songwriter


*Ahmed Mansour (journalist) *Mohamed Makhzangi, journalist and writer *Mohammed Hussein Heikal, journalist, writer and politician *Magdi Mehanna


*Ali Pasha Mubarak, one of the most influential and talented of Egypt's 19th century reformers *Ayman Nour, politician *Ahmed Gamal El-Din Moussa, former minister *Ahmed Lutfi el-Sayed, intellectual, secularist and nationalist *Abdel Latif Boghdadi, politician *Khaled Ali, lawyer and Acitvist *Khairat el-Shater, Islamic political activist *Mohammed Mahdi Akef, former head of Muslim Brotherhood *Mohamed Abdul Salam Mahgoub, politician *Omar Abdel-Rahman, Muslim leader and activist *Sami Hafez Anan, military officer *Salah Nasr, former intelligence agency director


*Gad el-Haq, former Grand Imam of Al-Azhar *George El Mozahem, Coptic Orthodox martyr and saint *Mohamed Metwally Al-Shaarawy, Islamic scholar *Mahmoud Zakzouk, academic and politician


*Farouk El-Baz, space scientist *Mohamed Ghoneim, urologist *Saad Eddin Ibrahim, academic and sociologist *Selim Hassan, Egyptologist


*Ōsunaarashi Kintarō (Abdelrahman Shalan) sumo wrestler *Abdel-Zaher El-Saqqa, footballer *Amr Marey, footballer *Hussam El-Badrawi, sports shooter *Mahmoud Fathalla, footballer *Mahmoud El Khatib, footballer *Mahmoud Abou El-Saoud, footballer *Mohamed El Shamy (footballer, born 1996) *Mimi El-Sherbini, footballer *Salah Soliman, footballer


External links

Dakahliya Governorate
Official website

El Wattan News of Dakahlia Governorate
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