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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
Country Syria
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 code(s)31

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 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 | change source]

  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. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  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. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. Carter, 2004, p. 67.
  5. "Al-Wathba". Welt Fussball Archive. Archived from the original on 17 March 2012. Retrieved 27 February 2009. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)