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Homs (Arabic: حمصḤimṣ) 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

حمص

Ḥimṣ
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
Nickname(s): 
The city of Ibn al-Walid
Country Syria
GovernorateHoms Governorate
DistrictHoms District
Settled2000 BCE
Government
 • GovernorGhassan Mustafa Abdul-Aal[1]
 • President of City CouncilNadia Kseibi
Area
 • City48 km2 (19 sq mi)
 • Urban
76 km2 (29 sq mi)
 • Metro
104 km2 (40 sq mi)
Elevation
501 m (1,644 ft)
Population
(2004 census[2])
 • City652,609
 • Metro
750,501
Time zoneUTC+3 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (EEST)
Area code(s)31
Websitehttp://www.homscitycouncil.org.sy

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]

ReferencesEdit

  1. H. Zain/ H.Said / Al-Ibrahim (21 April 2011). "President al-Assad Swears in Homs New Governor". Syrian Arab News Agency. Retrieved 21 April 2011.
  2. Homs city population
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Al-Karamah Sports Club". Welt Fussball Archive. Retrieved 27 February 2009.
  4. Carter, 2004, p. 67.
  5. "Al-Wathba". Welt Fussball Archive. Retrieved 27 February 2009.