city in western Syria

Homs (Arabic: حمص Ḥimṣ) is the third largest city in Syria. It used to be called Emesa (Greek: Ἔμεσα, Emesa). It is the capital of both the Homs District, and the Homs Governorate. It has 652,609 people (2004). It is on the Orontes River.

Homs city landmarks Al Shuhadaa Square and The Old Clock Tower  • The New Clock Tower Square  • Al Dablan Street  • Krak des Chevaliers  • Khalid ibn al-Walid Stadium  • Khalid ibn al-Walid Mosque  • The New Clock Tower  • City landscape from Rooftops
Homs city landmarks
The city of Ibn al-Walid
Homs is located in Syria
Location in Syria
Coordinates: 34°43′51″N 36°42′34″E / 34.73083°N 36.70944°E / 34.73083; 36.70944
GovernorateHoms Governorate
DistrictHoms District
Settled2000 BCE
 • GovernorGhassan Mustafa Abdul-Aal[1]
 • President of City CouncilNadia Kseibi
 • City48 km2 (19 sq mi)
 • Urban
76 km2 (29 sq mi)
 • Metro
104 km2 (40 sq mi)
501 m (1,644 ft)
 (2004 census[2])
 • City652,609
 • Metro
Time zoneUTC+3 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (EEST)
Area code031

Homs is home to the Al-Baath University. The university is one of four major universities in Syria.

Homs has two football clubs. The Al-Karamah Sports Club was founded in 1928 and is one the oldest sports club in Syria.[3] The Al-Karamah Sports Club has won eight Syrian League titles, and eight Syrian Cup titles.[4] The second sports club of the city is Al-Wathba Sports Club. They started in 1937. The Khaled Ibn Al Walid Stadium has a 35,000-seat capacity. The stadium is home to both football clubs.[3][5]

References change

  1. H. Zain/ H.Said / Al-Ibrahim (21 April 2011). "President al-Assad Swears in Homs New Governor". Syrian Arab News Agency. Archived from the original on 25 December 2018. Retrieved 21 April 2011.
  2. "Homs city population". Archived from the original on 2012-07-31. Retrieved 2012-07-14.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Al-Karamah Sports Club". Welt Fussball Archive. Archived from the original on 16 February 2010. Retrieved 27 February 2009.
  4. Carter, 2004, p. 67.
  5. "Al-Wathba". Welt Fussball Archive. Archived from the original on 17 March 2012. Retrieved 27 February 2009.