|Nickname(s): The city of Ibn al-Walid|
|• Governor||Ghassan Mustafa Abdul-Aal|
|• President of City Council||Nadia Kseibi|
|• City||48 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)|
|Time zone||EET (UTC+3)|
|• Summer (DST)||EEST (UTC+2)|
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 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. The Al-Karamah Sports Club has won eight Syrian League titles, and eight Syrian Cup titles. 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.
References[change | change source]
- 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.
- Homs city population
- "Al-Karamah Sports Club". Welt Fussball Archive. Retrieved 27 February 2009.
- Carter, 2004, p. 67.
- "Al-Wathba". Welt Fussball Archive. Retrieved 27 February 2009.