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Full nameIrbid
Official nameIrbid
Native nameمدينة إربد
Other nameArabella (Ancient Greek)
Settlement typeCity
ProvinceIrbid Governorate
Founded5000 B.C.
MayorGhazi Kofahi
Metro Area158.30 sq mi (410 km2)
Elevation2034 ft (620 m)
Total Population292040 (2004)
Metro (pop.)650000
Other information
Time zoneGMT +2 (UTC)
- Summer (DST)+3 (UTC)
Area code+(962)2

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Irbid ( ), known in ancient times as Arabella or Arbela , is the capital and largest city of the Irbid Governorate. It also has the second largest metropolitan population in Jordan after Amman, with a population of around 660,000, and is located about 70 km north of Amman on the northern ridge of the Gilead, equidistant from Pella, Beit Ras (Capitolias), and Umm Qais.

The city of Irbid is the third largest city in Jordan by population (after Amman and Zarqa). Metropolitan Irbid is the second largest.

The province of Irbid Governorate has the second largest population, and the highest population density in the kingdom.

The city is a major ground transportation hub between Amman, Syria to the north, and Mafraq to the east.

The Irbid region is also home to several colleges and universities, the two most prominent being Jordan University of Science and Technology and Yarmouk University.

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