Zarqa (ArB|الزرقاء; BGN: Az Zarqāʼ; local pronunciation "ez-Zergā" or "ez-Zer'a") is a city in Jordan located to the northeast of Amman. At 792,665 inhabitants (2000), comprising 15.5% of Jordan's population, it is the country's second largest city. Zarqa is the capital of Zarqa Governorate (Arabic "Muhāfazat az-Zarqā"). Its name means "the blue one."

Zarqa is Jordan's industrial centre, home to over 50% of Jordanian factories. The growth of industry in the city is the result of low real estate costs and proximity to the capital, Amman. Migration to Zarqa has steadily progressed since the 1940s. More than 50% of Zarqa's population migrated from the West Bank following the Six Day War. Zarqa's climate is desert-like, to a much greater degree than nearby Amman. Qasr Shebib is a prominent local landmark.

A new settlement that will house more that 370,000 people has been approved by the Jordanian government. This will be funded by Saudi Arabian corporations. New office buildings will also be constructed by Gulf corporations. A new railway will be constructed to connect Amman with Az-Zarqa.

Hashemite University is also in Zarqa.

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  • Zarqa — (en árabe الزرقاء Al Zarqāʼ, «La Azul»), a veces también transcrito Zarka, es una ciudad del norte de Jordania. Tenía 792 665 habitantes en 2000, lo que la convierte en la segunda ciudad más poblada del país, por detrás de la capital, Ammán.… …   Wikipedia Español

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  • Zarqa — Original name in latin Zarqa Name in other language Az Zarqa , Az Zarq’, Ehz Zarka, Kalaat el Zerka, QZA, Qal at az Zarqa , Qal‘at az Zarq’, Zarka, Zarqa, Zerka, jaleuka, zaruka, zha er ka, Зарка, Эз Зарка State code JO Continent/City Asia/Amman… …   Cities with a population over 1000 database

  • Zarqa — Zarka Zarka az Zarqāʾ, الزرقاء La ligne du chemin de fer du Hedjaz à Zarka …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Zarqāʾ, Al- — ▪ Jordan       one of the largest cities in Jordan, located 12 miles (19 km) northeast of Amman.       Once the site of a small Arab fortress, Al Zarqāʾ marked the defense line east of Al Ṣadaqah and west of Maʿān. Although in the 1920s Al Zarqāʾ …   Universalium

  • Zarqa — /zahr keuh/, n. a city in N Jordan, N of Amman. 226,000. Also, Az Zarqa. * * * …   Universalium

  • Zarqa — (Az Zarqā´) ► C. del N de Jordania; 514 980 h. Fosfatos. Refinado de petróleo …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • Zarqa — Admin ASC 1 Code Orig. name Zarqa Country and Admin Code JO.17 JO …   World countries Adminstrative division ASC I-II

  • Zarqa — noun city in northwestern Jordan • Syn: ↑Az Zarqa • Instance Hypernyms: ↑city, ↑metropolis, ↑urban center • Part Holonyms: ↑Jordan, ↑Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan …   Useful english dictionary

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