10 Interesting facts about Faisalabad You Should Know
Faisalabad is a city enriched in History and Culture. One of the first planned cities of British India, this metropolis has something to offer for everyone. From Industry to sport, Food to culture and history to heritage this city has it all.
Many Pakistanis are unaware of the gems hidden within the country. Websites like Blog Pakistan are paving the way to spreading awareness about our country’s rich history, and indomitable heritage. Below we list some intriguing and exciting facts about the industrial city Faisalabad.
10 Interesting facts about Faisalabad
Faisalabad’s secrets are well hidden, apart from its industrial goods not many facts about the city’s history or culture are known beyond its borders. Here we list some interesting facts about the city.
- GDP and Agriculture
- Trade and Industry
- Location and Climate
- Dry Port and Airport
- Ghanta Ghar
- Places to Visit
One of the most interesting facts about Faisalabad is its name. The city was initially called Lyallpur after Sir James Broadwood Lyall during the British Raj. One of the first planned cities of British India, it sided with Pakistan in 1947. The city was later renamed to Faisalabad to honor King Faisal of Saudi Arabia by the Government of Pakistan in 1979.
2. GDP and Agriculture
A little-known fact is that Faisalabad contributes about 20% to the Annual GDP of Pakistan. Of Faisalabad’s GDP, 21% is contributed by Agriculture. Being located alongside the banks of the river Chenab, the city has a variety of produce including:
3. Trade and Industry
Faisalabad is known for its industrial goods. It is the hub of textile and sports goods in Pakistan. The production of export quality goods has earned the city the name of Manchester of Pakistan. The major industrial products of Faisalabad include:
- Silk textiles
- Industrial chemicals
- Agricultural Equipment
- Ghee (clarified butter)
The main trading zone in Faisalabad is at the Faisalabad Clock Tower, and at the Eight Bazaars. Other markets include Rail Bazaar which has a variety of gold and clothing shops. Aminpur Bazaar has shops for interior decoration items and stationery.
Faisalabad is a sports-loving city from making international level footballs to the Faisalabad Wolves – the city’s cricket team. This city is enriched with a rich sporting culture. The Iqbal Stadium is the venue of choice for cricket events while snooker and hockey are also played alongside other games. Frequent sporting events and tournaments are conducted in the city. Faisalabad boasts the following Sporting Venues:
- Iqbal Stadium: International Cricket Stadium.
- Faisalabad Hockey Stadium: International Hockey Stadium.
- Lyallpur Gymkhana
- Aqua Water Park
5. Location and Climate
Faisalabad sits in the Northeastern part of Punjab it has a total area of approximately 2,261 sq miles and is maintained by the Faisalabad Development Authority (FDA).
In terms of climate, Faisalabad is situated on the flat plains of Punjab hence it receives the extremes of both summer and winter.
- The Summer Season starts in April and lasts till mid-November. The maximum temperature can be above 40 deg Celcius and dust storms are likely to occur.
- The Rainy Season is in July – September when the weather is very humid. The city receives around 375mm of rainfall per year.
- The Winter Season lasts from Mid November to April and fog is likely to appear during the coldest month of January.
- Spring lasts from mid-February to mid-March.
Faisalabad is the third most populous city of the country after Karachi and Lahore. Its population amounts to 2,506,595 individuals. The people of Faisalabad are industrious, hard-working and independent. This is why citizens of Faisalabad take great pride in their city.
7. Dry Port and Airport
The exemplary trade and industry at Faisalabad prompted the construction of both a Dry port and Airport. The city boasts a functional International Airport that can be used to board flights for outside the country.
According to the last census conducted in Pakistan, 97.2 % of the population in Faisalabad is Muslim. Thus all the policies, ceremonies, weddings, food, and cultural traditions are heavily influenced by Islam.
The fact that Faisalabad has such a flourishing Textile and Agriculture industry has prompted the establishment of multiple universities in this field. These include:
- National Textile University
- Government College University
- University of Agriculture
- Ayub Agricultural Research Institute
10. Places to Visit
Faisalabad has a lot to offer to casual visitors. From the famous Ghanta Ghar to the Lyallpur Museum there is a lot to explore in this city. Here is a list of the most popular locations to visit in Faisalabad.
- The Clock Tower
Built in 1903 it is one of the oldest landmarks in the city. The space around it forms the shape of the United Kingdom’s flag the Union Jack. It is the best place to eat, shop and meet up in the city.
- Gatwala Wildlife Park
The best place to view the local flora and fauna is the Gatwala Wildlife Park. It is a great place to have a fun and relaxing time with family.
- Jinnah Garden
If you are a fan of flowers then Jinnah Garden is the place to be. The park has an array of fragrant flowers along with walking tracks and a few fruit shops. It is a good place to have fun, relax and enjoy a picnic with family and friends.
- Lyallpur Museum
Built in 2012 the Lyallpur Museum is a good addition to the city. It includes:
- Galleries that house both ancient and modern artifacts
- Pottery works
- Lectures are also held at the museum
- Chenab Club
The Chenab Club is a membership-based Sports club. It features:
- A card room
- Bowling alley
- Indoor table tennis
This concludes the top 10 interesting facts about Faisalabad. BlogPakistan frequently lists such unknown facts about Pakistan. Be sure to check them out on your next visit to Faisalabad, the ‘Manchester of Pakistan’.