Dakahlia Governorate
Sunset in Mansoura with the Nile River
Sunset in Mansoura with the Nile River
Flag of Dakahlia Governorate
Official logo of Dakahlia Governorate
Dakahlia Governorate subdivisions (Marakiz)
Dakahlia Governorate subdivisions (Marakiz)
Dakahlia Governorate on the map of Egypt
Dakahlia Governorate on the map of Egypt
Country Egypt
SeatMansoura (capital)
 • GovernorAyman Mokhtar [1]
 • Total3,500 km2 (1,400 sq mi)
 (January 2023)[2]
 • Total7,013,271
 • Density2,000/km2 (5,200/sq mi)
 • TotalEGP 294 billion
(US$ 18.7 billion)
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
HDI (2021)0.748[4]
high · 7th

Dakahlia Governorate (Arabic: محافظة الدقهلية Muḥāfaẓah el Daqahliyah, pronounced [ed.dæʔæhˈlejjæ]) is an Egyptian governorate lying northeast of Cairo. Its area is approximately 3,500 km2. Although the capital of the governorate is Mansoura, it got its name from the ancient town of Daqahlah (Arabic: دقهلة, from Coptic: ⲧⲕⲉϩⲗⲓ, lit.'shrine') which is located in the modern Damietta Governorate.[5]



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.[6][7]

In April 2021, Egyptian archeologists announced the discovery of 110 burial tombs at the Koum el-Khulgan archeological site. 68 oval-shaped tombs of them dated back to the Predynastic Period and 37 rectangular-shaped tombs were from Second Intermediate Period. Rest of them dated back to the Naqada III period. The tombs also contained the remains of adults and a baby (buried in a jar), a group of ovens, stoves, remnants of mud-brick foundations, funerary equipment, cylindrical, pear-shaped vessels and a bowl with geometric designs.[8][9][10][11][12]

Municipal divisions

The governorate is divided into the following municipal divisions and in January 2023 had an estimated population of 7,013,271. At times there is a kism and a markaz with the same name.[2]

Municipal Divisions
Anglicized name Native name Arabic transliteration Population
(January 2023 Est.)
Aga مركز أجا Agā 567,756 Markaz
El Gamaliya مركز الجمالية Al-Gamāliyah 138,291 Markaz
El Kurdi قسم الكردى Al-Kurdi 45,592 Kism (fully urban)
El Mansoura مركز المنصورة Al-Manṣūrah 650,178 Markaz
El Mansoura 1 قسم اول المنصورة Al-Manṣūrah 1 360,534 Kism (fully urban)
El Mansoura 2 قسم ثان المنصورة Al-Manṣūrah 2 270,948 Kism (fully urban)
El Manzala مركز المنزلة Al-Manzilah 360,649 Markaz
El Matareya مركز المطرية Al-Maṭariyah 202,191 Markaz
El Senbellawein مركز السنبلاوين As-Sinbillāwayn 605,340 Markaz
Beni Ebeid مركز بنى عبيد Banī Ubayd 141,856 Markaz
Belqas مركز بلقاس Bilqās 568,532 Markaz
Dikirnis مركز دكرنس Dikirnis 379,591 Markaz
Gamasa قسم جمصة Gamaṣah 4,520 Kism (fully urban)
Maḥallat Damanah مركز محلة دمنة Maḥallat Damanah 67,665 Markaz
Minyet El Nasr مركز منية النصر Minyat an-Naṣr 287,468 Markaz
Mit Ghamr قسم ميت غمر Mīt Ghamr 156,109 Kism (fully urban)
Mit Ghamr مركز ميت غمر Mīt Ghamr 694,047 Markaz
Mit Salsil مركز ميت سلسيل Mīt Salsīl 73,417 Markaz
Nabaroh مركز نبروة Nabarūh 301,631 Markaz
Shirbin مركز شربين Shirbīn 454,737 Markaz
Talkha مركز طلخا Ṭalkhā 421,037 Markaz
Timay El Imdid مركز تمى الأمديد Timay al-Imdīd 209,103 Markaz


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.[13] By 2018, the population had increased to an estimated 6,577,000.[14]


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

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:[15]

Notable people

Main category: People from Dakahlia Governorate








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  2. ^ a b "‫عـــدد‬‫السكــان‬ ‫التقديرى‬ ‫للأقســام‬ ‫فى‬ ‫‪1‫‪/‫‪1‬‬/‫‪2023" (PDF). CAPMAS. Retrieved 1 April 2023.
  3. ^ "GDP BY GOVERNORATE", mped.gov.eg
  4. ^ "Sub-national HDI - Subnational HDI - Table - Global Data Lab". globaldatalab.org. Retrieved 2023-02-20.
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  6. ^ Geggel, Laura (21 February 2020). "Dozens of ancient Egyptian graves found with rare clay coffins". livescience.com. Retrieved 2020-06-28.
  7. ^ "الكشف عن 83 مقبرة أثرية بمنطقة آثار كوم الخلجان بمحافظة الدقهلية". اليوم السابع. 2020-02-12. Retrieved 2020-06-28.
  8. ^ Solly, Meilan. "Archaeologists Discover 110 Ancient Egyptian Tombs Along the Nile Delta". Smithsonian Magazine. Retrieved 2021-05-04.
  9. ^ "Rare tombs from pre-Pharaonic era discovered in Egypt". Al Jazeera. Retrieved 2021-05-04.
  10. ^ "Egypt archeologists unearth 110 ancient tombs in Nile Delta". phys.org. Retrieved 2021-05-04.
  11. ^ Jarus, Owen (28 April 2021). "110 ancient Egyptian tombs, including baby burials, found along Nile". livescience.com. Retrieved 2021-05-04.
  12. ^ "Egypt archeologists unearth 110 ancient tombs in Nile Delta". AP News. 27 April 2021. Retrieved 2021-05-04.
  13. ^ "Population Estimates By Sex & Governorate 1/1/2015" (PDF). CAPMAS. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2015-10-19. Retrieved 23 October 2016.
  14. ^ "Population Estimates By Governorate ( Urban /Rural ) 1/1/2018". www.capmas.gov.eg. Archived from the original on 2018-11-02. Retrieved 10 October 2018.
  15. ^ "Industrial Zones of Governorate". Ministry of Investment Egypt. Archived from the original on 2018-11-23. Retrieved 23 November 2018.

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