Anciently known as Arabella, it is Jordan's second largest city located about 85 km north of Amman, situated at an equal distance from Pella and Umm Qais.

Irbid is quite a lively city with a bustling community and a large university. Though not as significant a city for sightseeing as other areas, Irbid houses two very worthwhile museums, and forms a good base from which to explore the northern Jordan Valley.