Hatay is a south-eastern province of Republic of Turkey.  Hatay borders with the state of Syria. It is your responsibility to initiate the research for eligibility to enter Turkey. Please check Turkish visa requirements carefully. Failure to check Turkish visa requirements may lead you to having problems at the point of immigration.


Hatay Turkey ‘s most important is the location of the old settlement. Made archaeological 100,000 and 40,000 years before Christ was reached between the research findings dated. Provinces of Akat from the first Bronze Age and BC. Between 1800 and 1600 it was situated within the borders of a kingdom bound to the Kingdom of Yamhad. Later in the late 17th century BC Hittites and 1490 BC Egypt entered the hegemony. Then Urartu , Assyrians and Persians ‘ s entry to the rule.

In 300 BC Antakya was established and the city developed rapidly. The city joined the Roman Empire in 64 BC and became the capital of the Syrian state of the empire. It was conquered by the Islamic army and remained under Umayyad and Abbasid rule. Later in 877 the territories conquered by Tolunoğulları were in order; The Aleppo -based Hamdanoğulları (Beni Hamdan / Hamdânîler), ruled by the Ihşitler and Seljuks , entered the sovereignty. The province, which joined the lands of the Byzantine Empire in 969, played an important role during the Crusades during the 11th-12th centuries . Antakya Mamluk Stateby the Crusaders.

n 1516 Yavuz Sultan Selim conquered these lands and started the Ottoman Empire period. Antakya , captured from the Mamluk State , was first ruled by the Aleppo in the Ottoman Empire and later as an accident. During this period, Antioch , Orontes River Habib Najjar Mountains between narrow and sloping field, 1,5-2 km² was a medium-sized city located on an area. Ottoman Empire ‘s rule in Hatay continued until 1918

President Ismet Inonu , June 23, 1939 after the removal of the decision of the annexation in Hatay

Hatay State Assembly of the Republic of Turkey on June 23, 1939 has decided joining. On June 29, 1939 “Hatay” Turkey joined as a province by name. [6]

Issued in 2012 6360 by Law No. territorial boundaries in Hatay province, which borders Metropolitan Municipality was established, and the local elections in Turkey in 2014 and then began working Metropolitan Municipality.


The large part of the province is under the influence of the Mediterranean climate . However, there are also various differences depending on elevation and darkness. Turkey is among the rainy regions. Generally, winters are warm and rainy, summers are hot and arid. The warmest month average is 28.6 ° C in Iskenderun and 27.6 ° C in Antakya ; the coldest month average is 11.9 ° C and 8.1 ° C respectively in these centers. The highest temperature ever measured in Iskenderun is 43.2 ° C (26 August 1962) and the lowest temperature is -3.2 ° C (6 February 1950). The highest temperature ever measured in Antakya has been 43.9 ° C (26 August 1962) and the lowest temperature was -14.6 ° C (15 January 1950). Antakyahas an annual average temperature of 18.2 ° C and an average snow covered day number of 1. The average annual rainfall is 785 mm in Iskenderun , 1022 mm in Dortyol , and 1173.4 mm in Antakya.


Antakya market

Before the annexation of Hatay, the main agricultural products of the late 19th century were cereals , olives and liquorice . While exporting grain, liquorice, wool , timber and some foodstuffs to Egypt, England, France and Italy during this period , cotton weaving, raw , iron made instruments and medicines are imported.

By 1939, the most advanced branches of the industry were soaped with silk weaving. In the 1940s, the food industry gained weight, while leather and metal goods, and stone and earth based industrial branches produced industrial potentials that work with primitive techniques. In 1953, after the harbiye defne hydroelectric power plant was put into operation, the energy problem was solved before the ginning and spinning and weaving factories were established. In 1954 , when the Yellow Fertilizer Factory was founded , the manufacturing industry developed in the 1960s; agricultural machinery and equipment, oil, diesel and air filters, brake pads, machines used in the textile industry have begun to be produced.

1970 Alexander ”s third iron and steel plant in Turkey Iskenderun Iron and Steel Co. the industrial potential of the industry has been improved and the side industries have been developed. In addition to the facilities mentioned today, Hatay, with around 40 rolling mills, exhibits an important industrial potential. Iskenderun Bay has become the largest iron and steel processing and production site today. However, despite the high industrial employment Hatay, with 12.2%, according to 2013 data from 70 provinces in Turkey it has a higher unemployment rate. [32]

As a traditional small industry, leather , shoemaking and furniture has an important potential. The weighted industries are the forest products, weaving, clothing, leather industry, metal goods, machine equipment, transportation vehicles and scientific and professional measuring instruments.

Payas and Antakya Organize Sanayi , established after the İskenderun Organized Industrial Zone, constitute an important investment area for the businessmen in terms of location and the share of the industry in the province and country’s economies continues to increase with years.

A total of 18.9% of the province of Hatay is suitable for agriculture. 63% of agricultural land is farmed, 13.8% is growing vegetables, 9.4% is fruit growing, 1.8% is viticulture and 11.8% is olive cultivation.

Among the important agricultural products of the province are wheat and cotton . Citrus fruits have a very important place in the fruit group, followed by grape fruit. As well as citrus fruits, grapes , Trabzon , figs , plums are important fruit of the province. Covered farming ( greenhouse ) is also becoming widespread. Olive production is quite common , especially in the district of Altinözü.

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