Wad Madani (ودمدني) is the capital of Al Jazirah state in east-central Sudan. Wad Madani lies on the west bank of the Blue Nile, nearly 85 miles (136 km) southeast of Khartoum. It is linked by rail to Khartoum and is the center of a cotton-growing region. The city is also the center of local trade in wheat, peanuts, barley, and livestock. It is also headquarters of the Irrigation Service. In 1993 , its population was 218,714.
The beaches of Wad Madani are situated on the eastern river bank of the Blue Nile. The city's facilities are more modernized than most places in the Sudan (except the Khartoum area). Wad Madani is a honeymoon destination for many Sudanese, which adds to a fairly easygoing atmosphere.
The University of al-Jazirah is also located in the area.
The popular Sudanese singers Abdel Aziz El Mubarak, Mohammed Al Ameen and Ibrahim Al Kashif were born in Wad Madani. The center of the town's areas are the souq, Al Daraga, Al Gism Al Awal, Wad Azrag and the Sudanese District (formerly known as the British District).