Kafr El Sheikh is one of the governorates of Egypt locating on the western bank of Rasheed branch of the Nile and overlooking the Mediterranean Sea coast. This unique position, in addition to the magnificent natural beauty of its cities, makes it one of the most preferable summer resorts for locals. Kafr El Sheikh Governorate covers about 3748 km² and its capital is Kafr El Sheikh City. The governorate comprises of a large number of administrative centers, towns, and cities and is distinguished by its moderate weather throughout the year. The major economic resources for the governorate are industry and agriculture.
There is a wide range of agricultural lands and it is famous for its production of traditional crops including cotton , wheat, and various vegetables. Moreover, the governorate encloses a number of crucial industrial areas in Egypt such as Mutobus and Baleteem that enclose a large number of projects and play a great role in trade and industry for their strategic location on the road on the Mediterranean Sea Coast. Kafr El Sheikh also encloses a large number of factories providing its inhabitants with job opportunities. On top of these factories are the sugar factory in El Hamool, Alexandria oil and soap factory, and Rice mills in kafr El Sheikh and Dosouq.
Kafr El Sheikh Governorate is also rich in mineral wealth since it is one of the main centers for extracting food salt and many other important oil and natural gas material. Thanks to El Burullus Lake that makes the governorate one of the major sources for fish wealth in Egypt.
Kafr El Sheikh City
Kafr El Sheikh is the capital of Kafr El Sheikh Governorate. It locates on the western bank of Rasheed Branch of the Nile and about 140 km northward Cairo. Its main economic resources are driven from agriculture, commerce, administrative services and food industry. It encloses some important factories including Rice Mill factory and many other industries that provide its inhabitants with job opportunities and financial support. Kafr El Sheikh International Trade Pont is one of the important governmental sectors working for providing the small and medium investors with support needed for establishing their projects and attracting more investments to the governorate. Kafr El Sheikh is the birthplace of many prominent political leaders including Saad Zaghloul and Ahmed Zwail.
Desouq is a small city in Kafr El Sheikh Governorate on the Delta of Egypt about 80 km away from Cairo. The city is renowned for encompassing the mosque where the Muslim hermit of the 7th century, Sidi Ibrahim El Desouqi, is buried. It comprises of a number of small towns and villages and the major part of its inhabitants earn their living from functioning in some handcrafts and trading in handmade works and car spare parts of cars and so.
In the vicinity of Desouq, the remains of ancient Buto, a prehistoric capital of the north of Egypt, are found. Desouq also was the capital of the Hyksos, who invaded Egypt in 1750 BC.
The Mosque of Sidi Ibrahim El Dessouky
The Mosque of Sidi Ibrahim El Dessouky (Dissouqi) is one of the remarkable landmarks and stop-overs in the city of Desouq, in the Governorate of Kafr El Sheikh. This grand Islamic monument was erected by the Muslim hermit Sidi Ibrahim El Dessouky (Desouqqi). The mosque is said to be one of the ten biggest mosques in the world. Its foundation took many stages. El Dessouky was buried in retreat which lies next to a Zaweyah (small mosque) built by Sultan Khalil Qalawun. Under the reign of Sultan Qaietbay, the mosque was enlarged and a mausoleum proper to the revered hermit was erected. In 1880, Khedive Tawfiq ordered the construction of the Mosque of Sidi Ibrahim El Dessouky and the enlargement of the mausoleum. At this phase, the mosque covered a space of 3000 m2.
The mosque was further enlarged in 1969 under the reign of Gamal Abdel Nasser to cover an area of 6400 m2, with 11 doors, a reception place to receive and host important figures and a huge library with thousands of books and Islamic references. The mosque is a holy destination to thousands of people who swarm from different spots in the world and the Islamic countries.
It worth mentioning that the mosque acquires a more glorious appearance every year during the first week of November in which the Mulid (birthday) of the Muslim hermit is celebrated. Visitors from the city and many neighboring ones come on that day to pray and enjoy the religious shows and the traditional spiritual nasheeds (songs) that are located not only near the grand mosque but everywhere in the city. A lot of buyers expose their products such as sweets and traditional religious accessories.
Baltim is an administrative center in Kafr El Sheikh Governorate and one of the prominent summer resorts in Egypt. It locates on the north side of Kafr El Sheikh bordered with El Hamul and El Burullus Lakes from the west and El Dakahliya Governorate from the east. It comprises of a number of smaller towns and villages. The main economic resources of the city are Fishing, trade and industry since it is regarded as the one of the important industrial zones in the governorate.
Baltim is a city of a great history that dates back to ancient Egyptian times and there are numerous remains from that Ptolemaic Period. Interestingly, there are some remains of one of the battles of Ahmed Orabi and Egyptian troops against the British troops on the lighthouse beach in Baltim. The city occupies a great position among other cities for its strategic position about 5km away from the the International Coastal Road on the Mediterranean Sea.
It is one of the major industrial zones in Egypt that is planned on a highly advanced way and supplied with all necessary services and facilities that encourage new investments in that region.
Beyla is one of the cities of Kafr El Sheikh Governorate bordered with Baltim from the north, El Dakahliya Governorate from the east, El Gharbia Governorate from the south and Kafr El Sheikh City from the west. It was annexed to Talkha administrative center in El Gharbia untill separating it in 23 Revolution. Nowadays, it covers about 354km and comprises of a number of smaller towns and villages. It is the birthplace of some prominent figures in Egypt including Sheikh Abu El Eneyn Sheyshaa, The Quran retailer.
El Hamoul is one of the cities of Kafr El Sheikh Governorate bordered with Baltim, El Burullus Lake from the east and Kafr El Sheikh City from the west. It comprises of a number of smaller towns and villages and its name is derived from El Hamoul plant that grows on its land.
On the lands of El Hamoul stands Delta Sugare Factory that is regarded as the major company for producing Sugar from Sugar beet in Egypt. The major economic resources for the city are sugar industry, fishing and logistic industries and services.
El Riad is an administrative center in Kafr El Sheikh Governroate. It locates in the center of the governorate with El Burullus Lake from the north, Kafr El Sheikh City from the south, El Hamoul from the east, and Sidi Salem from the west. It comprises of a number of towns and villages and the major city in it is El Riad City. The main economic resources for the center are fishing and trade.
Foua or Fowah is one of the administrative centers of Kafr El Sheikh Governorate. It locates on the eastern bank of Rasheed Branch of the Nile and bordered with Desouq from the south, Motoubus Center from the north and Sidi Salem from the east.
Metobas is one of the administrative centers that locates in the west of in Kafr El Sheikh Governorate. It is bordered by Foua center from south, Sidi Salem Center from the east, and Rasheed Branch from the west. Motobous Center comprises of a number of small towns and villages and encloses a wide range of agricultural lands.
The major city in this center is Motobus city which is one of the important industrial zones in Kafr El Sheikh Governorate for its strategic location on the International Coastal Road. The government works hard for providing the area with all essential needs and facilities to attract more investors to it and there are numerous projects under construction in it currently.
Qelin is one of the administrative centers that locates in the southwest side of Kafr El Sheikh Governorate. It is bordered with Kafr El Sheikh City from the east, Desouq from the west and El Gharbia Governorate from the south. It encloses a large number of small villages and has a wide range of agricultural lands that provide most of the inhabitants with income.
Sidi Salim is one of the administrative centers of Kafr El Sheikh Governorate that comprises of a number of small towns and villages. It locates in the center of the governorate in the vicinity of El Burullus Lake with Kafr El Sheikh City and Desouq from the south, El Riad and Baltim from the east, and Foua and Metobas from the west.