Hama Governorate


Map of Syria with Hama highlighted
Coordinates (Hama): 35°12′N 37°12′E / 35.2°N 37.2°E / 35.2; 37.2Coordinates: 35°12′N 37°12′E / 35.2°N 37.2°E / 35.2; 37.2
Country  Syria
Capital Hama
Manatiq (Districts) 5
  Governor Ghassan Khalaf
  Total 8,883 km2 (3,430 sq mi)
  Estimates range between 8,844 km² and 8,883 km²
Population (2011)
  Total 1,628,000
  Density 180/km2 (470/sq mi)
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
  Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
ISO 3166 code SY-HM
Main language(s) Arabic

Hama Governorate (Arabic: مُحافظة حماة / ALA-LC: Muḥāfaẓat Ḥamā) is one of the fourteen governorates (provinces) of Syria. It is situated in western-central Syria. Its area depends on sources. It varies from 8,844 km²[1] to 8,883 km².[2] Governorate has a population of 1,593,000 (2010 estimate). The capital is Hama.

Land use and agriculture

Hama is an important agricultural and industrial center in Syria, with 3,680 square kilometres (1,420 sq mi), over a third of the governorate's area, under cultivation. The governorate produces over half of the national crop of potatoes and pistachio nuts, as well as growing a variety of other vegetables. Livestock ranching is also common in the governorate.


The governorate is divided into five districts (manatiq):

These are further divided into 22 sub-districts (nawahi).


Hama Governorate has the most important Isma'ilism community in Syria. The Governorate has a large Alawites and Christians population.

Civil War

For the most part, the governorate has stayed under the Assad regime's control. As of February 2016, it remains under the Syrian Government's control, save for Opposition forces straddling the border with Idlib and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant occupying parts of the rural east.


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