Ar Ramtha

Ar-Ramtha City
مدينة الرمثا

The City Hall
Ar-Ramtha City
Coordinates: 32°33′32″N 36°0′53″E / 32.55889°N 36.01472°E / 32.55889; 36.01472Coordinates: 32°33′32″N 36°0′53″E / 32.55889°N 36.01472°E / 32.55889; 36.01472
Country  Jordan
Province Irbid Governorate
Municipality established 1927
  Type Municipality
  Mayor Hussein Abu Sheeh Al-Zoubi
Population (2010)[1]
  Total 120,367
Time zone GMT +2
  Summer (DST) +3 (UTC)
Area code(s) +(962)2

Ar Ramtha, also known as Al-Ramtha (Arabic: الرمثا) is a city situated in the far northwest of Jordan. It covers 40km2, and has a population of 120,365 people.


Ar Ramtha is named after a local desert plant, Al Ramath (Arabic: الرمث). During its occupation by the Roman Empire, the city was known as Ramatha.


A Byzantine archeological site in Ar Ramtha

The Roman Empire utilized Ar Ramtha as a remote hub to cross-link their colonies. The ruins of buildings and ancient Roman antiquities have been discovered at different parts of Ar Ramtha. During the Islamic expansion, Ar Ramtha, which was in the Houran territory, was a port for Muslim scholars crossing between Syria and Al-Hijaz. Historically and sociologically, the city is the twin to Daraa city in Syria, which is located on just the other side of the border.

In 1596 it appeared in the Ottoman tax registers under the name of Ramta, being part of the nahiya of Butayna in the Qada of Hauran. It had an entirely Muslim population consisting of 16 households and 3 bachelors. They paid a fixed tax-rate of 40% on agricultural products, including wheat, barley, summer crops, goats and bee-hives; a total of 2,740 akçe. Half of this was Waqf income.[2]


Ar Ramtha's economy relies on commerce and import and export trading. The Al Hassan industrial estate houses several outsourcing companies supported by foreign shareholders with most of the products sold to American and European markets.


The city is famous for the inherited ritual-poetries recited in wedding ceremonies and public affairs. Dabke is a famous dance. Mijwez music originated in Ar Ramtha. Famous artists from Ar Ramtha are Nayef El-Zubi, Hussein Al-Salman, Lil ZeeJo (Rapper), Anas Allaham, Anwar alshare, Mitaab Al-Saggar and the rapper Malik emad.


This city has two sports clubs, Al-Ramtha SC, a football club which is also a member of the premium Jordan League, and Ittihad Al-Ramtha, another football club which is a member in the first division in Jordanian Football League.


The city is home to the Jordan University of Science and Technology, which includes a large University hospital that provides medical treatment in the region, and offers chances to medical students in the university especially the student Moath Zghoul to intern and learn during their study years.


  1. Entry at "the world gazeteer" Archived May 13, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. Hütteroth and Abdulfattah, 1977, p. 214


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