Minṭaqah (Arabic: منطقة[ˈmintˤaqa]; plural مناطق manāṭiq [maˈnaːtˤiq]) is a first-level administrative division in Saudi Arabia and Chad and for a second-level administrative division in several other Arab countries. It is often translated as region or district, but the literal meaning is "region" or "area".


Al Wusta

Al Wusta (from Arabic الوسطى, 'central') may refer to:

Central Governorate, Bahrain

Central Region, Bahrain

Al Wusta Governorate (Oman)

Wusta, a former district in Libya prior to 1995

Al Wusta Governorate (Oman)

Al Wusta (Arabic: الوسطى‎, English: Central Governorate) is one of the governorates (muhafazah) of Oman. Its capital is Haima (Arabic: هيماء‎) (Hayma). It was previously a region (mintaqah). It became a governorate on 28 October 2011.

Areas of Kuwait

Kuwait is divided into six governorates, in each there are several areas (Arabic: مناطِق‎).

Areas, due to their small area which does not exceed 5 km2 (2 sq mi), are sometimes called towns. However they are officially translated to areas. The Arabic word for area, Mintaqah منطقة can mean both mean area and region.Each area in Kuwait has an official governmental facility called co-op society or just society (Arabic: جمعية‎). For example, in Surra, it's called Surra Co-op Society. Societies are mainly supermarkets that provide foods and produces, and they may take part in maintaining some on the areas' landmarks like parks and schools, but they're not legally obliged to. Societies have elected members who manage them. Only residents of the area can vote for their society membership.

Ash Sharqiyah Region (Oman)

Ash-Sharqiyyah Region (Arabic: ٱلْمِنْطَقَة ٱلشَّرْقِيَّة‎, romanized: Al-Minṭaqah Ash-Sharqiyyah, lit. 'The Eastern Region') was the eastern minṭaqah (region) of the Sultanate of Oman. The capital of Ash-Sharqiyyah is Sur. On 28 October 2011 Ash Sharqiyah Region was split into Ash Sharqiyah North Governorate and Ash Sharqiyah South Governorate.Ash Sharqiyah Region consisted of eleven provinces Wilāyāt: Sur, Ibra, Al-Mudhaibi, Al-Kamil Wal-Wafi, Jalan Bani Bu Hassan, Jalan Bani Bu Ali, Wadi Bani Khalid, Dema Wa Thaieen, Bidiya, Al Qabil, and Massirah. The main cities are Sur and Ibra.

Central Region, Bahrain

Central Region (Arabic: المنطقة الوسطى‎ Al-Minṭaqat al-Wusṭā) was a municipality of Bahrain in the northern part of the country. Its territory is now in the Central and Northern Governorates.

Districts of Syria

The 14 governorates of Syria, or muhafazat (sing. muhafazah), are divided into 65 districts, or manatiq (sing. mintaqah), including the city of Damascus. The districts are further divided into 281 subdistricts, or nawahi (sing. nahiya). Each district bears the same name as its district capital.

Districts and subdistricts are administered by officials appointed by the governor, subject to the approval of the minister of the interior. These officials work with elected district councils to attend to assorted local needs, and serve as intermediaries between central government authority and traditional local leaders, such as village chiefs, clan leaders, and councils of elders.

Former regions of Bahrain

Bahrain was formerly split into twelve regions (mintaqah) that were all administered from the capital city of Manama. On July 3, 2002, these were superseded by the five Governorates of Bahrain (four as of September 2014, with the abolishment of the Central Governorate).

Al Hadd

Al Manamah

Al Mintaqah al Gharbiyah (Western)

Al Mintaqah al Wusta (Central)

Al Mintaqah al Shamaliyah (Northern)

Al Muharraq

Ar Rifa' wa al Mintaqah al Janubiyah (Rifa and Southern)

Jidd Haffs

Madinat Hamad

Madinat 'Isa

Juzur Hawar

SitrahThe map does not show Madinat Hamad, which was split off from Ar Rifa' wa al Mintaqah al Janubiyah in 1991.

The following map does not show Hamad Town, which was split off from Rifa and Southern Region in 1991.

Governorates of Syria

Syria is a unitary state, but for administrative purposes, it is divided into fourteen governorates, also called provinces in English (Arabic muḥāfaẓāt, singular muḥāfaẓah). The governorates are divided into sixty districts (manāṭiq, singular minṭaqah), which are further divided into subdistricts (nawāḥī, singular nāḥiyah). The nawāḥī contain villages, which are the smallest administrative units.

Each governorate is headed by a governor, appointed by the president, subject to cabinet approval. The governor is responsible for administration, health, social services, education, tourism, public works, transportation, domestic trade, agriculture, industry, civil defense, and maintenance of law and order in the governorate. The minister of local administration works closely with each governor to coordinate and supervise local development projects. The governor is assisted by a provincial council, all of whose members are popularly elected for four-year terms. In addition, each council elects from among its member an executive bureau which administers the day to day issues between provincial council sessions. Each executive officer is charged with specific functions.

Districts and subdistricts are administered by officials appointed by the governor. These officials work on local matters with elected district councils and serve as intermediaries between the central government and traditional local leaders, such as village chiefs, clan leaders, and councils of elders.

Hamad Town

Madinat Hamad or Hamad Town (Arabic: مدينة حمد‎, romanized: Madīnat Ḥamad) is a primarily commuter city within northern Bahrain. It was a municipality of Bahrain in the central part of the country. Split from the municipality of Ar Rifa' wa al Mintaqah al Janubiyah in 1991, its territory is now in the Northern Governorate. Its name refers to the current king of Bahrain, Hamad ibn Isa Al Khalifah. The city is culturally diverse, housing a proportionally mixed Shia-Sunni population of varying socio-economic backgrounds. Today, Hamad Town is an epitome of Bahraini multiculturalism, with no single ethnic or religious group making up the majority of inhabitants.

Makkah Region

The Makkah Region or Mecca Region (Arabic: مِـنْـطَـقَـة مَـكَّـة الـمُـكَـرَّمَـة‎ Minṭaqah Makkah l-Mukarramah ) is the most populous region (minṭaqah) in Saudi Arabia. It is located in western Saudi Arabia, and has an extended coastline. It has an area of 153,128 km², and a population of 8,557,766 (2017 survey). Its capital is Mecca (also transliterated as Makkah), the holiest city in Islam, and its largest city is Jeddah, which is also Saudi Arabia's main port city. The third major city is Taif. This region also contains Rabigh, roughly the present-day area where the Islamic Nabî (Arabic: نَـبِي‎, Prophet) Muhammad gave his famous sermon at the event of Ghadir Khumm.


A nāḥiyah (Arabic: ناحية‎ [ˈnæːħijæ], plural nawāḥī نواحي [næˈwæːħiː]), or nahia, is a regional or local type of administrative division that usually consists of a number of villages or sometimes smaller towns. In Tajikistan, it is a second-level division while in Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Jordan, Xinjiang, and the former Ottoman Empire, where it was also called a bucak, it is a third-level or lower division. It can constitute a division of a qadaa, mintaqah or other such district-type of division and is sometimes translated as "subdistrict".

Northern Governorate

The Northern Governorate (Arabic: المحافظة الشمالية‎, romanized: Al-Muḥāfaẓat aš-Šamālīyah) is one of the four governorates of Bahrain. It includes parts of the former municipalities of Al Mintaqah al Gharbiyah, Al Mintaqah al Wusta, Al Mintaqah al Shamaliyah, Jidd Haffs and Madinat Hamad.

Northern Region, Bahrain

Northern Region (Arabic: المنطقة الشمالية‎ Al-Minṭaqat aš-Šamālīyah) was an administrative region of Bahrain in the northern part of the country. Its territory is now in the Northern Governorate.

Regions of Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia is divided into 13 regions (Arabic: مناطق إدارية‎; manātiq idāriyya, sing. منطقة إدارية; mintaqah idariyya). Each region is divided into governorates (Arabic: محافظات‎; muhafazat, sing. محافظة; muhafazah) and the region capital, which has the status of municipality (amanah) headed by mayors (amin). There are 118 entities combined. The governorates are further subdivided into subgovernorates (marakiz, sing. markaz).

Rifa and Southern Region, Bahrain

Rifa and Southern Region (Arabic: الرفاع والمنطقة الجنوبية‎ Ar-Rifāʿ wal-Minṭaqat al-Janūbīyah) was a municipality of Bahrain in the southern part of the country. Its territory is now in the Central and Southern Governorates. Ar Rifa' wa al Mintaqah al Janubiyah's population in 2001 was 79,985.

Southern Governorate

The Southern Governorate (Arabic: المحافظة الجنوبية‎, romanized: Al-Muḥāfaẓat al-Janūbīyah) has the largest area of the four governorates of Bahrain, and the smallest population (91,450). It includes parts of Bahrain's old municipalities – Al Mintaqah al Gharbiyah, Ar Rifa' wa al Mintaqah al Janubiyah, and Juzur Hawar (the Hawar Islands). It is the least populated of the regions on Bahrain.

The Governor of the Southern Governorate is Shaikh Khalifa bin Ali Al-Khalifa (b. 1993), the grandson of Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa and the son of Shaikh Ali bin Khalifa Al Khalifa, the Deputy Prime Minister.

Western Region, Bahrain

Western Region (Arabic: المنطقة الغربية Al-Minṭaqat al-Ḡarbiyya) was a municipality (mintaqah) of Bahrain in the western part of the country. Its territory is now in the Northern and Southern Governorates.

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