Name of City/municipality: Deir Aalla
Population: 60010 (2018)
Area: 50 Km2
Deir Aalla is located in Al Balqa Governorate in the Al-Aghwar area west of the city of Al Salt, 30 Km away. It is bordered to the north by the Northern Jordan Valley / Irbid and Ajloun, to the east by the Kasbah of Salt and Jerash, to the south by the Southern Shouneh Brigade, and to the west by the Jordan River.
Name of Mayor: Mr. Mustafa Falah Al-Shatti
Sitting at an altitude of 250 meters below the sea level on the eastern side bordering the Jordan River makes of it one of the lowest inhabited regions in the world. It is famous for agriculture as al Ghor area and supplying the domestic and foreign market with all kinds of vegetables and fruits, which reflects on the national income through exports to neighboring countries. Due to its low altitude and its desertic climate, the weather is almost all the time hot and dry.
Main economic activities:
The economy sector in Deir Aalla relies on agriculture, industry and trade. Despite the economic diversification, such as trade activities, craftwork light industries, construction, and different services such as tourism, education, health and transportation, the agriculture sector is still the major component of the region’s economy representing the primary economic activity in the city.
Conditions and Environmental Challenges:
Most of the citizens in the city are working in the agricultural sector, however unemployment constitutes 12.5 % of the active work force. The city still faces a major challenge with regards to the implementation of waste collection network and a treatment plant as well, as currently people are relying on cesspits which cause a big risk of contamination for the underground water.
The weather is generally characterized by warm winters with an average temperature of 24 °C, and hot summers with an average temperature of 39 °C. Climate change and disturbance are hitting the locality, decreasing the rate of rainfall leading to a decrease in the underground water in the context of an increased demand for it. Droughts are more present and water reservoirs are depleting affecting agriculture and livestock as well as strategic water security for individuals. Also, the city is facing flash floods due to heavy rains in short period of time, causing damages to agricultural lands and infrastructures.