About seven kilometers north east of al Swaida is the village of Qanawat situated, one of the most important historical places in Jabal al Arab.
In the first century BC, and before the rising of Bosra, Qanawat was the largest city in the region. It flourished because it was not far from one of the largest complexes of Nabatean temples of the city of Sei, just 4km south east.
Qanawat was well known during the Nabatean and, then, the Roman periods under the name of Qanatha and later Qanat.
It was one of the most famous commercial Deca Polises, a complex of several autonomous commercial cities.
At the end of the second century AD, Qanawat turned into an Arab province, and in the fourth and fifth centuries, it became the seat of a rich archbishopric.
The greatness and wealth of this city explain why its beautiful and attractive remains spread on a large area of the mound and on the slopes of the green valley around it.