Name of City/municipality: Al Zarka

Population: 846120 (2018)

Area: 60 Km2

Al Zarka is located in the northeastern side of the capital, Amman, 33 km away from it. The city is characterized by its average geographical location between the cities of the Kingdom and on a network of roads linking it with other governorates and neighboring countries.

Name of Mayor: Mr. Emad Al-Moumni

Contact: info@zm.gov.jo

Website: https://www.zm.gov.jo/ar

Main features: Al Zarka is an industrial city with a high population density. It is also home to diverse communities and challenges. When talking about its location, it is sitting in a point of the axe linking Amman to the north east and west of the country which makes of it an important checkpoint to all the economic and industrial activity all around the kingdom. Main economic activities: Al Zarka is very rich in field crops, vegetables and fruit trees as well as an important livestock sector where farm and sheep farms are abundant. Regarding the industrial sector, Zarka is the main industrial zone in Al Zarka Governorate where the major industrial facilities in the city count for 408. Additionally, the commercial sector in Al Zarka is an active sector with more than 11,000 commercial establishments.

Conditions and Environmental Challenges:

Unemployment is one of the most important problems in Al Zarqa, and this problem has enlarged due to the rapid increase in population and successive migrations, the last of which is the influx of Syrian refugees, the unemployment rate in Al Zarqa Governorate is around 18.1%. However, the city is supplied with all essential infrastructure needs. The city still faces major challenges, both in terms of solutions to the inner city mobility crisis and in terms of scientific solutions to the treatment of solid waste.                     Climate wise, Al-Zarqa has semi-arid climate characteristics, with hot and dry summers followed by cool winter and around 180mm annual precipitation in winter months. The city suffers from dry summers and low annual rainfall that had created water crises, having a direct impact on different sectors such as drinking water, agriculture, economy and health.  In addition to that, in the late winter and early spring, the city suffers from floods that have a direct impact on Agricultural lands, Infrastructures and apartment buildings that pose a threat to the citizen’s life.

 

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