The Greater Irbid Municipality (GIM) is located within the Irbid Governorate in the Northern Region of Jordan and consist of 23 districts.Approximately 80 km north of Amman, it is the second largest city in Jordan. Irbid is located on the Highland Plateau, a central urbanized axis that runs from Irbid in the north to Aqaba in the south. Situated close to both the Syrian and Palestinian borders, Irbid makes for an important transportation and business hub in the region, as well as acting as a gateway for the country.
535,199 (General Statistics Department, 2014)
325 km2 (General Statistics Department, 2014)
Name of Mayor
Hussein Bani Hani
The area of present day Irbid has been inhabited since the Bronze Age. However, it is mostly distinguished by the Greek, Roman and Islamic civilizations, evident in the numerous historical and archaeological sites from those eras. Irbid is considered to be one of the oldest settlements in Jordan. Tall Irbid (Hill of Irbid), as one of the largest hills in the region covering approximately 200 dunums, dates back to 5th century BC. There are documented archeological sites from the first, second and late bronze ages indicating human activity in the area.
Nationally, the Irbid Governorate is recognized for its scenic vistas and agricultural produce. The moderate climate, the fertile soil and the relatively flat land in the area makes it the best agricultural land of the Kingdom. The area is known for its production of citrus, olives, wheat and bee-honey. Irbid is affectionately called the “Daisy” for the daisy flower that grows in its plains, or “Bride of the North” for its beauty. The area is also an academic hub, counting five universities within the governorate boundary, with the most prominent being Yarmouk University and Jordan University of Science and Technology.
While Irbid has evolved and grown to be one of the major cities of Jordan, the continuous development has taken its toll on Irbid’s rich cultural heritage and agricultural lands.
The major challenge for Irbid is to meet its rising energy demands and costs in a sustainable manner.