Beni Suef Governorate

Beni Suef Governorate

Beni Suef is one of the governorates of Egypt. Geographically, it stretches along the Nile River in the centre of Egypt.

Location of Beni Suef Governorate

This governorate’s capital is the city of Beni Suef, located about 120 km south of Cairo on the west bank of the Nile River. In general, the area is well-known in Egypt for the cement industry.


Due to different ways of transcribing the spelling, it can also be known as Beni Suef or Beni Swaif.

The rate of poverty is more than 60% in this governorate. However, the government has recently provided social safety networks through financial assistance and job opportunities. The country’s Ministry of Finance coordinated the funding with help from international organizations.

Municipal divisions

The governorate is divided into the following municipal divisions for administrative purposes, with a total estimated population as of July 2017 of 3,171,186. In some cases, a markaz and a Qesm share a name.

  • El Fashn
  • El Wasta
  • And Beni Suef
  • Biba
  • Ihnasiya
  • New Beni Suef
  • Nasser
  • Besides, Sumusta El Waqf

The population of Beni Suef Governorate

According to population estimates from 2015, most residents in this province live in rural areas, with an urbanization rate of only 23.2%. Out of an estimated 2,856,812 people residing in the governorate, 2,193,871 people live in rural instead of only 662,941 in urban areas.

Industrial zones

According to the Egyptian Governing Authority for Investment and Free Zones (GAFI), in affiliation with the Ministry of Investment, the following industrial zones are located in this governorate:

  • Kom Abu Radi industrial zone
  • Baiad Al Arab industrial zone
  • Industrial zone 31-1
  • Industrial area 31-2
  • Also, Industrial zone 31-3
  • Industrial zone 31-4
  • Gabal Ghareb – heavy industry
  • Besides, the New Beni Suef industrial zone