Damietta Governorate
Flag of Damietta Governorate
Official logo of Damietta Governorate
Damietta Governorate on the map of Egypt
Damietta Governorate on the map of Egypt
Coordinates: 31°24′N 31°43′E / 31.4°N 31.72°E / 31.4; 31.72
Country Egypt
SeatDamietta (capital)
 • GovernorManal Awad Mikhael[1]
 • Total1,029 km2 (397 sq mi)
 (January 2023)[2]
 • Total1,610,586
 • Density1,600/km2 (4,100/sq mi)
 • TotalEGP 110 billion
(US$ 7.0 billion)
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
HDI (2021)0.757[4]
high · 5th

Damietta Governorate (Arabic: محافظة دمياط Muḥafazat Dumyāṭ [moˈħɑfzet domˈjɑːtˤ]) is one of the 27 governorates of Egypt. It is located in the northeastern part of the country, and has a population of over 1.3 million. The capital is the city of Damietta.

Damietta (city) is famous for its guava farms, as well as the palm trees that cover the coast from Ras El Bar in the east to Gamasa in the west. The governorate exports millions of palm trees to many countries every year, including Greece and China. Damietta also produces wheat, maize, cotton, rice, potatoes, lemons, grapes and tomatoes. It is also famous for its sweet industry, sardine packing, furniture industry and Domiati cheese. Ras El Bar, one of the oldest summer resorts in Egypt, is located at the point where the Nile river meets the Mediterranean Sea.

In August 2018, Manal Awad Mikhail was the first Coptic woman to be appointed as a governor in Egypt.[1][5]


An important feature of this governorate is the Damietta Port which has been able to accommodate the movement of ships when bad weather forbids nearby ports to do so.[6]

Municipal divisions

The governorate is divided into the following municipal divisions for administrative purposes, with a total estimated population as of January 2023 of 1,610,586.[2]

Municipal Divisions
Anglicized name Native name Arabic transliteration Population
(January 2023 Est.)
Al Sarw قسم السرو As-Sarw 29,782 Kism (fully urban)
El Zarqa مركز الزرقا Az-Zarqā 151,020 Markaz
Damietta مركز دمياط Dumyāṭ 354,716 Markaz
Damietta 1 قسم أول دمياط Dumyāṭ 1 120,752 Kism (fully urban)
Damietta 2 قسم ثان دمياط Dumyāṭ 2 190,357 Kism (fully urban)
Faraskur مركز فارسكور Fāraskūr 273,979 Markaz
Police Dept. Port of Damietta إداره شرطه ميناء دمياط الجديد Idārah Shurṭah Mīnā' Dumyāṭ al-Jadīd Police-administrated Area
Kafr El Battikh مركز كفر البطيخ Kafr al-Baṭṭīkh 142,627 Markaz
Kafr Saad مركز كفر سعد Kafr Sa'd 281,533 Markaz
New Damietta قسم مدينه دمياط الجديده Madīnat Dumyāṭ al-Jadīdah 55,434 Kism (fully urban)
Ras El Bar قسم رأس البر Ra's al-Bar 10,386 Kism (fully urban)


According to population estimates, in 2015 the majority of residents in the governorate lived in rural areas, with an urbanization rate of only 38.7%. Out of an estimated 1,330,843 people residing in the governorate, 815,244 people lived in rural areas as opposed to only 515,599 in urban areas.[7]

Industrial zones

According to the Governing Authority for Investment and Free Zones (GAFI) the governorate is home to two industrial zones.[8]

Zone name Space (feddans)
New Damietta 558
General Free Zone in Damietta 190


The governorate's area is 1.029 km2 or about 5% of the Delta's area, and about 1% of the area of Egypt. The inhabited area is about 589.2 km2. Its population – according to a 1999 census – was 953,430. The average rate of population growth is 2.09% per year.[citation needed]

Administrative divisions

The governorate consists of 4 subdivisions, 10 cities, 35 local village units, 59 villages and 722 sub-villages. The subdivisions are Damietta, Faraskur, El Zarqa and Kafr Saad. The governorate includes 7 colleges and institutes, 19 professional training centers, and 657 pre-college schools.

See also


  1. ^ a b "Manal Mikhail Becomes Egypt's First Female Coptic Governor". Egyptian Streets (in Arabic). 30 August 2018. Archived from the original on 2018-08-31. Retrieved 2018-08-31.
  2. ^ a b "عـــدد السكــان التقديرى للأقســام فى 1 / 1 2" (PDF) (in Arabic). 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.
  5. ^ "Egypt's first female Christian governor assumes office". Punch Newspapers. Archived from the original on 2018-08-31. Retrieved 2018-08-31.
  6. ^ al-Khudari, Suhad (9 December 2018). "Despite the bad weather .. Regularity of movement of ships in the port of Damietta". El Watan News (in Arabic). Retrieved 11 December 2018.
  7. ^ "Population Estimates By Sex & Governorate 1/1/2015" (PDF). CAPMAS. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2015-10-19. Retrieved 23 October 2016.
  8. ^ "Industrial Zones of Governorate". Ministry of Investment Egypt. Archived from the original on 2018-11-23. Retrieved 23 November 2018.