Governorate consists of an area of approximately
4482.8 km2 or 0.46% of Egypt's area, along the
west bank of the Suez Canal. It has 70 km along
the east coast.
The Ismailia Governorate is the capital of
the Canal region where the Suez Canal Authority
has its headquarters, and where the Suez Canal
University is established.
Ismailia is located on Lake Timsah along
the coast of the Canal, half-way between Port Said
and Suez. The Governorate consists of five cities;
Ismailia, Fayed, Al-Tal Al-Kabeer, Qantara
west and east.
In the early days, Ismailia was called
Timsah Village, but it was subsequently named
after Khedive Ismail of Egypt. According to the
census conducted in 1996, the estimated figure of
the population was 715,000 inhabitants (58% urban
42% rural), or 1.21% of Egypt's.
Ismailia City is approximately 120 km from
Cairo by the direct route "desert highway" or 135
km by the countryside road. All parts of the
Governorate are joined with an integrated network
of roads. This enables traffic to join the city of
Ismailia with its suburbs.
The Ismailia Governorate has several ancient and
Tal Al-Maskhota: It is in Abu Seir village, and
was called so when workers found statues there in
1886. But in fact this place was "Baraton Ai"
town. There is god Aton temple made from basalt, a
Ptolemies alabaster coffin from the Ptolemi age,
which is moved now to Ismailia Museum. It is one
of the most important tourism places.