Yalda, Syria

Coordinates: 33°27′46″N 36°19′18″E / 33.46278°N 36.32167°E / 33.46278; 36.32167
Country  Syria
Governorate Rif Dimashq Governorate
District Markaz Rif Dimashq
Nahiyah Babbila
Population (2004 census)[1]
  Total 28,384
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
  Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)

Yalda (Arabic: يلدا, also spelled Yelda) is a town in southern Syria, administratively part of the Rif Dimashq Governorate, located on the southern outskirts of Damascus to the west of the Yarmouk Camp. Nearby localities include al-Hajar al-Aswad, Jaramana, Sayyidah Zaynab, al-Sabinah and Babbila. According to the Syria Central Bureau of Statistics, Yalda had a population of 28,384 in the 2004 census.[1] The town is also in the Babbila nahiyah consisting of 13 towns and villages with a combined population of 341,625.[1]


The town has ancient ruins including foundations of hewn stone and Corinthian columns of basalt.[2]

Yalda was visited by Syrian geographer Yaqut al-Hamawi in the early 13th-century, during Ayyubid rule. He noted that it was "a village lying some 3 miles from Damascus. The final n is sometimes left out, and the name pronounced Yalda."[3]


  1. 1 2 3 General Census of Population and Housing 2004. Syria Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS). Rif Dimashq Governorate. (Arabic)
  2. Porter, 1855, vol 2, p. 10
  3. le Strange, 1890, p. 552


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