Madaba Governorate

Madaba Governorate

About Madaba Governorate

  • Madaba (Arabic مادبا) is one of the governorates of Jordan. The governorate is ranked 8th (of 12 governorates) by population and by area.
  • Many civilizations existed on the soils of Madaba, most prominent are the Moabites, Nabateans, Romans, and the Arab Muslim empires.
  • The city of Madaba is best known for its Byzantine and Umayyad mosaics, especially the Madaba Map, a large Byzantine-era mosaic map of Palestine and the Nile delta.
  • Due to its richness of historic sites, and natural sites such as the Ma'in Hot Springs and the Dead Sea, Madaba Governorate depends mainly on tourism as a main source of income. The governorate is the fifth touristic destination following Petra, Jerash, Aqaba, and Amman.
  • The northern region of the governorate is agricultural, with a total area of 59 km2 of fruit and olive farms. The governorates production of olives and fruits is eighth on the kingdom (after Balqa, Irbid, Mafraq, The Capital, Ajloun, Jerash, and Zarqa governorates).
  • The name Madaba was derived from an Aramaic-Syriac word composed of two words: (mia) and (dabia). The first word (mia) means water and the second (dabia) means fruit, so their meaning is: fruit water. The name Madaba remained the same in ancient sources until Islamic history.

Geographical location

Madaba Governorate is located 35 km south of Amman. The governorate is bordered to the north by the capital, Amman, to the south by Karak Governorate, to the east by Giza District, and to the west by the Dead Sea.

Madaba Governorate consists of Two brigades:
  • Qasabat Madaba Brigade, Dhiban Brigade

Cities, towns, and villages

Al-Mamouniyah, Al-Fayhaa, Al-Waha, Al-Hilalia, Hawiyet Al-Balouna, Jubail, Al-Khattabiya, Al-Khalidiyah, Madaba, Jerina, Granada, Al-Arish, Al-Wusiyah, Abu Rudeina, Ma'in, Manshiyet Ma'in, Hammamet Ma'in, Zarqa Ma'in, Ain Al-Dhib, Al-Faisaliah, Sagha, Oyoun Musa . Wadi Mujib, Maqat bin Nasrallah, Al-Aridh, Al-Baqi, Al-Hashimiyya, Atroz, Al-Muhammadiyah, Al-Zahra, Al-Namia, Al-Qurayyat, Makawir, Al-Deir, Ballutah, Al-Jadidah, Al-Zeina, Al-Nasib, Al-Jarwan, Malih, Lub, Dalila Al-Hamaydah, Al-Wala, Nuzhat Al-Wala, Al-Ghadeer, Al-Rashidiyah, Al-Hayadh, Al-Hidan, Al-Khalidiyah, Al-Lissan and Al-Ra’t, Al-Mansaf, Al-Alaqi.


Madaba Governorate is located within the Mediterranean climate, as it is considered a semi-humid climate that tends to dry. Westerly winds prevail in general, and northwesterly winds in particular. It is characterized, like the rest of Jordan, by cold and dry winds in winter, and moderate and humid winds in summer. Sometimes, eastern or northeasterly winds may blow over the city, which may bring with them sand storms laden with dust particles.

Archeological sites

The city of Madaba has many heritage monuments that express the city's history and cultural depth
  • Mount Nebo (جبل نيبو)
  • Ma'in Falls (شلالات ماعين)
  • Umm ar-Rasas (أم الرّصاص)
  • Sagha Archaeological Site (موقع صياغة الأثري)
  • Al Hussein bin Talal Mosque (مسجد الحسين بن طلال)
  • Churches (الكنائس)

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 Madaba Governorate: (224,000)
  • Governorate area:- (940 km2) (360 mi²)