The country of Syria is administratively subdivided into 14 governorates, which are sub-divided into 65 districts, which are further divided into 284 sub-districts.[1] Each of the governorates and districts has its own centre or capital city, except for Rif Dimashq Governorate and Markaz Rif Dimashq district. All the sub-districts have their own centres as well.[1]

Each district bears the same name as its administrative centre, with the exception of Mount Simeon District where the centre is the city of Aleppo. The same applies to all nahiyas (sub-districts), except for the Mount Simeon Nahiyah where the centre is the city of Aleppo.

Governorate and district capital cities

Sixty-four of the 65 districts of Syria have a city that serves as the regional capital (administrative centre); Markaz Rif Dimashq is a district with no official regional centre.

The city of Damascus functions as a governorate, a district and a subdistrict. The Rif Dimashq Governorate has no official centre and its headquarters are in Damascus.

The first 13 cities in the list are the centre of their governorate, as well as of their district.

The population figures are from the 2004 official census.[2]

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English name Arabic name Population District Governorate
Aleppo[3] حلب 2,132,100 Mount Simeon District Aleppo Governorate
Damascus[4] دمشق 1,552,161 Damascus (as a district) Damascus Governorate
Daraa[5] درعا 97,969 Daraa District Daraa Governorate
Deir ez-Zor[6] دير الزور 211,857 Deir ez-Zor District Deir ez-Zor Governorate
Hama[7] حماة 312,994 Hama District Hama Governorate
Al-Hasakah[8] الحسكة 188,160 Al-Hasakah District Al-Hasakah Governorate
Homs[9] حمص 652,609 Homs District Homs Governorate
Idlib[10] ادلب 98,791 Idlib District Idlib Governorate
Latakia[11] اللاذقية 383,786 Latakia District Latakia Governorate
Quneitra[12] القنيطرة 153 Quneitra District Quneitra Governorate
Raqqa[13] الرقة 220,488 Raqqa District Raqqa Governorate
As-Suwayda[14] السويداء 73,641 As-Suwayda District As-Suwayda Governorate
Tartus[15] طرطوس 115,769 Tartus District Tartus Governorate
n/a n/a n/a Markaz Rif Dimashq Rif Dimashq Governorate
Abu Kamal البوكمال 42,510 Abu Kamal District Deir ez-Zor Governorate
Afrin عفرين 36,562 Afrin District Aleppo Governorate
Arihah أريحا 39,501 Arihah District Idlib Governorate
Atarib الأتارب 10,657 Atarib District Aleppo Governorate
Ayn al-Arab عين العرب 44,821 Ayn Al-Arab District Aleppo Governorate
Azaz أعزاز 31,623 Azaz District Aleppo Governorate
Al-Bab الباب 63,069 Al-Bab District Aleppo Governorate
Baniyas بانياس 41,632 Baniyas District Tartus Governorate
Darayya داريا 78,763 Darayya District Rif Dimashq Governorate
Dayr Hafir دير حافر 18,948 Dayr Hafir District Aleppo Governorate
Douma دوما 110,893 Douma District Rif Dimashq Governorate
Duraykish دريكيش 13,244 Duraykish District Tartus Governorate
Fiq فيق 1,947 Fiq District Quneitra Governorate
Al-Haffah الحفة 4,298 Al-Haffah District Latakia Governorate
Harem حارم 21,934 Harem District Idlib Governorate
Izra ازرع 19,158 Izra District Daraa Governorate
Jableh جبلة 53,989 Jableh District Latakia Governorate
Jarabulus جرابلس 11,570 Jarabulus District Aleppo Governorate
Jisr al-Shughur جسر الشغور 39,917 Jisr al-Shughur District Idlib Governorate
Maarat al-Numaan معرة النعمان 58,008 Maarat al-Numaan District Idlib Governorate
Al-Malikiyah المالكية 26,311 Al-Malikiyah District Al-Hasakah Governorate
Manbij منبج 99,497 Manbij District Aleppo Governorate
Masyaf مصياف 22,508 Masyaf District Hama Governorate
Mayadin الميادين 44,028 Mayadin District Deir ez-Zor Governorate
Mhardeh محردة 17,578 Mhardeh District Hama Governorate
Al-Mukharram المخرم 6,202 Al-Mukharram District Homs Governorate
An-Nabk النبك 32,548 Al-Nabk District Rif Dimashq Governorate
Qamishli القامشلي 184,231 Qamishli District Al-Hasakah Governorate
Qardaha القرداحة 8,671 Qardaha District Latakia Governorate
Qatana قطنا 33,996 Qatana District Rif Dimashq Governorate
Qudsaya قدسيا 33,571 Qudsaya District Rif Dimashq Governorate
Al-Qusayr القصير 29,818 Al-Qusayr District Homs Governorate
Al-Qutayfah القطيفة 26,671 Al-Qutayfah District Rif Dimashq Governorate
Ras al-Ayn رأس العين 29,347 Ras al-Ayn District Al-Hasakah Governorate
Al-Rastan الرستن 39,834 Al-Rastan District Homs Governorate
Al-Safira السفيرة 63,708 Al-Safira District Aleppo Governorate
Safita صافيتا 20,301 Safita District Tartus Governorate
Salamiyah سلمية 66,724 Salamiyah District Hama Governorate
Salkhad صلخد 9,155 Salkhad District As-Suwayda Governorate
Al-Sanamayn الصنمين 26,268 Al-Sanamayn District Daraa Governorate
Salqin سلقين 23,500 Salqin Nahiyah Idlib Governorate
Al-Shaykh Badr الشيخ بدر 9,486 Al-Shaykh Badr District Tartus Governorate
Al-Suqaylabiyah السقيلبية 13,920 Al-Suqaylabiyah District Hama Governorate
Tadmur تدمر 51,323 Tadmur District Homs Governorate
Tell Abyad تل أبيض 14,825 Tell Abyad District Raqqa Governorate
Taldou تلدو 15,727 Taldou District Homs Governorate
Talkalakh تلكلخ 18,412 Talkalakh District Homs Governorate
Al-Tall التل 44,597 Al-Tall District Rif Dimashq Governorate
Al-Thawrah الثورة 69,425 Al-Thawrah District Raqqa Governorate
Yabroud يبرود 25,891 Yabroud District Rif Dimashq Governorate
Zabadani الزبداني 26,285 Zabadani District Rif Dimashq Governorate

Other cities

English name Arabic name Governorate Population
Sayyidah Zaynab السيدة زينب Rif Dimashq Governorate 136,427
Al-Hajar al-Aswad الحجر الأسود Rif Dimashq Governorate 84,948
Binnish بنش Idlib Governorate 21,848
Bosra بصرى Daraa Governorate 19,683
Dayr 'Atiyah دير عطية Rif Dimashq Governorate 10,984
Harasta حرستا Rif Dimashq Governorate 68,708
Jaramana جرمانا Rif Dimashq Governorate 114,363
Kafr Nabl كفر نبل Idlib Governorate 15,455
Khan Shaykhun خان شيخون Idlib Governorate 34,371
Ma'arrat Misrin معرتمصرين Idlib Governorate 17,519
Nawa نوى Daraa Governorate 47,066
Kafr Takharim كفر تخاريم Idlib Governorate 21,012
Saraqib سراقب Idlib Governorate 32,495
Talbiseh تلبيسة Homs Governorate 30,796

See also


  1. ^ a b "Administrative divisions" (in Arabic). Central Bureau of Statistics of Syria. Archived from the original on 2007-03-29. Retrieved 2007-04-05.
  2. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-03-10. Retrieved 2013-11-04.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ Aleppo city population Archived 2012-05-20 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Damascus city population
  5. ^ Daraa city population Archived 2012-07-23 at
  6. ^ Deir ez-Zor city population
  7. ^ Hama city population
  8. ^ al-Hasakah city population
  9. ^ Homs city population Archived 2012-07-31 at
  10. ^ Idlib city population Archived 2012-08-02 at
  11. ^ Latakia city population Archived 2013-03-17 at the Wayback Machine
  12. ^ Quneitra city population Archived 2013-01-22 at the Wayback Machine
  13. ^ ar-Raqqah city population
  14. ^ as-Suwayda city population
  15. ^ Tartus city population