Tafilah Governorate

Tafilah Governorate

About Tafilah Governorate

  • Tafilah (Arabic: الطفيلة) is one of the governorates of Jordan, located about 180 km south-west of Amman, Jordan's capital.
  • Tafila Governorate is considered one of the distinguished governorates due to its geographical and climatic diversity, and the diversity of its economic activity, as it is characterized by the presence of many natural resources such as arable land, as well as mineral resources such as phosphate, cement, and copper. The mining sector is considered one of the main activities in the governorate, as there is a phosphate mine in the Al-Hasa District. And the Al-Rashadiya Cement Factory in Basira District. These activities are of great importance at the national level, as they contribute to a large portion of exports.

Geographical location

Tafila Governorate is located in the south of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and is located in the southwestern part of the Kingdom. It is bordered to the north by Karak Governorate, to the south and east by Ma'an Governorate, and to the west it is bordered by Wadi Araba and the Dead Sea. It is about 183 km away from the capital, Amman.

Tafilah Governorate consists of (3) brigades:
  • Al-Qasaba Brigade, Al-Hasa Brigade, and Busaira Brigade

Cities, towns, and villages

Al-Ayn Al-Bayda, Al-Eis, Aima, Safha, Al-Namatah, Abu Banna, Shizam, Irhab, Adabaa, Majadil, Suwayma, Afra, Abour, Talat Hussein, Al-Barbaita, Al-Laaban, Al-Harir, Azhiqa, Zabadat Al-Sira, Jisr Al-Shuhada, Nokha, Arafa, Abel , Al-Ma'tan, Irwim, Tafila, Basira, Al-Qadisiyah, Grindel, Al-Rashadiya, Umm Sarab, Dana, Lahza, Qarqour, Al-Hasa, Al-Jurf.


Tafilah is located at an elevation of 1043.81 meters (3424.57 feet) above sea level, The city’s yearly temperature is 25.07ºC (77.13ºF). In At-Tafilah the summers are long, warm, arid, and clear and the winters are cold, snowy, and mostly clear. Over the course of the year. The hot season lasts for 4.3 months, The cool season lasts for 3.1 months.

Archeological sites

The city of Tafilah has many heritage monuments that express the city's history and cultural depth
  • Afra hot springs (حمامات عفرا المعدنية)
  • Bubeita hot springs (حمامات البربيطة)
  • Dana traditional village (محمية ضانا، وقرية ضانا السياحية)
  • Tafila Castle (قلعة الطفيلة)
  • Sela: a spectacular Edomite city at the far southern edge of the governorate (قلعة السلع)
  • Al-Hasa Castle (قلعة الحسا)
  • Monastery Palace (قصر الدير)
  • The ancient copper mines at Wadi Faynan (وادي فينان الأثري)
  • Khirbet et-Tannur (خربة التنور)

Jordanian cuisine

Popular foods in Jordan:
  • Mansaf (المنسف): Jordan is distinguished by its Mansaf food, which is not complete without “Jameed Al Karaki”. Mansaf is a dish made of rice, syrup, meat, and local ghee. The drink is liquefied jameed and is originally made of milk.
  • Makmoura: It is a well-known dish in the villages of northern Jordan.
  • Kibbeh or kebab: It is one of the dishes that is prepared in all regions, as its spread extended from the villages north of Irbid, such as the villages of Bani Kenana.
  • Al-Mutabbaq (Mutabbaq): It is known as one of the good dishes in the villages of Al-Taybeh and Al-Wasatiya Districts, and it is smaller than Al-Makmoura.
  • Maqluba/Magluba (مقلوبة): A casserole made of layers of rice, vegetables and meat. After cooking, the pot is flipped upside-down onto the plate when served, hence the name maqluba which translates literally as "upside-down".
  • Musakhan (مسخّن): Dish composed of roasted chicken baked with onions, sumac, allspice, saffron, and fried pine nuts served over taboon bread. It is also known as muhammar (Arabic: محمر).
  • Maftul (مفتول): Large couscous-like balls, garbanzo beans and chicken pieces cooked in chicken broth.
  • aldafin Freekeh (فريكة)
  • Al-Jajil (Kaakil or Shaashil), all Jordanian governorates share the same popular dishes, due to the similarity between the regions and are considered one of the popular dishes.
  • Shishbarak (ششبرك): Also known as Joshpara. A sort of dumpling or jiaozi dish. After being stuffed with ground beef and spices, thin wheat dough parcels are cooked with jameed then served hot. Another name for this dish is shishbarak.
  • Galayet bandora (قلاية بندورة): Tomatoes sauteed and stewed with onions, olive oil, salt, and hot peppers, it can be served with rice but is more commonly eaten with bread in Jordan,It is indispensable for all classes of people in all governorates.
  • Falafel (فلافل): Balls of fried chickpea flour and Middle Eastern spice. Dipped in every mezze, especially hummus. The Jordanian falafel balls tend to come in smaller sizes.
  • Hummus, Ful medames (حمص وفول مدمس): These are foods usually served for breakfast, especially on Fridays. They are also served as appetizers for lunch and dinner.


  • Baklava (بقلاوة)—a dessert made with thin layers of phyllo pastry filled with chopped nuts and soaked in honey or syrup.
  • Knafeh (كُنافة)—a cheese pastry of shredded phyllo soaked in sugar-based syrup.
  • Qatayef (قطايف)—a sweet dumpling stuffed with cream and pistachios. Consumed during Ramadan.
  • Warbat (وربات)—a pastry of thin layers of phyllo pastry filled with custard. Often eaten during the month of Ramadan.

Area and population

  • Population of Tafilah Governorate: (114,000)
  • Governorate area:- (2,209 km2) (853 mi²)