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From the airport
From Damascus International ...
Car for hire
Renting a car in Damascus is easy and ...
Buses
There are two main bus stations located ...
Taxi
Taxis are plentiful in Damascus. Some, ...
Driving Tips
Tourists driving themselves in Damascus ...
Damascus in a Day
Viewing all of Damascus in one day is, as with most cities in the world, an impossible task. ...
International Flower Festival
This event is held annually from July to August in Teshreen Park, which is Damascus’s largest ...
Olivex
This event is held annually in March and lasts for four days at the Damascus Fair Ground. Olives ...
International Leather Goods Fair
This event is held annually for four days in August at the Damascus New Fair Ground. Producers of ...
When to go
The best time to visit Damascus is from March to May when the weather is cool and breezy, and ...

Damascus, Syria

 

Damascus Today
Damascus is the capital of Syria. Apart from being the political center of the country, it is also the cultural heart of the country. Damascus’s authorities have done a very good job in preserving the many historical and cultural attractions. Various architectural styles are visible throughout the city, dating back to different periods of its history- Roman, Islamic and French rule. An important sector of Damascus’s economy is the tourist industry. Other prominent sectors are the textiles, food processing and chemical industries. The military and secret service quarters are also located he

Damascus Back Then
Inhabited since 10,000 B.C., Damascus is one of the world's most ancient cities, boasting a very colorful history. The city was conquered by Alexander the Great, and after his death it was annexed by the Roman general, Pompey. The Romans built a great deal of the infrastructure of the city. St. Paul and St. Thomas both lived in the quarters developed by the Romans in Damascus. Damascus was first conquered by the Muslims in 634 by the Rashidun Caliph. It soon became the capital of the Omayyad Empire and later was ruled from Baghdad during the Abbassid caliphate. It was also ruled by the Fati

Al Mamlouka
Originally a house, this beautiful boutique hotel dates back to the 17th century. Guests will be tre
Damascus Cham Palace
This is arguably one of the city’s most lavish hotels, located in downtown Damascus. Rooms are lar
Four Seasons Hotel
This hotel is located in an ideal part of the city. The national museum and other attractions are no
Blue Tower
This hotel is in a prime location. It is a popular choice amongst tourists who vie for one of the 60
Sheraton Hotel
Located in an ideal spot in the centre of the city, the Sheraton faces the Quassioun Mountain and is
Orient Palace Hotel
This hotel dates back to the 1920s and faces the old Hejaz Train Station. It has been a guesthouse t

Oriental Arts Center
The Oriental Arts
The Damascus Souq
This is a vast souq housing many mini bazaars. Visitors will be transported back in time and exposed
George Dabdoub
Located next to the Azem Palace in the Old City, George Dabdoub sells a number of traditional Damasc
Khalil Haddad
This shop sells some very fascinating and interesting handicrafts. Customers will fall in love with
Anat
Anat is a wonderful place to shop for Damascene souvenirs. It sells a number of traditional items in
Khalil Haddad
This shop sells some very fascinating and interesting handicrafts. Customers will fall in love with

Jazz Lives in Syria
Held annually in August at the Citadel for six nights, this open air festival features renowned loca
Eid-ul-Fitr
This important occasion occurs every year upon the sighting of the new moon, marking the end of Rama
International Leather Goods Fair
This event is held annually for four days in August at the Damascus New Fair Ground. Producers of le
Agritex
This event is held annually in June at the Damascus Fair Ground for three days, and has been done so
Olivex
This event is held annually in March and lasts for four days at the Damascus Fair Ground. Olives bei
International Flower Festival
This event is held annually from July to August in Teshreen Park, which is Damascus’s largest park

La Casa
This is a great place to hang out and is extremely popular with the younger generation of Damascen
Bab Sharqi Restaurant
For those on a budget, this is a great place to eat out. This roadside café is extremely popular w
Casablanca
The menu here is dominated by French cuisine but guests can also opt for some of the traditional gri
Leila’s Restaurant and Terrace
This is arguably Damascus’s most magical restaurant. The location is fantastic and the view breat
Al Hallabi
This is one of Damascus’s best known restaurants. Aleppan cuisine is at its finest here. The déco
Pizza Roma
This is one of Damascus’s famous restaurants. The ambiance is very casual and the food too is unp

Fast Facts
Location Damascus is located 80 km from the Mediterranean Sea on a plateau 2200 feet above sea level. It is bordered by the Anti- Lebanon Mountains, with the Barada river flowing nearby   Dialing code +963   Emergency numbers
Police – 112 Fire- 113
Ambulance- 110
   
Population
1.5 million
  Languages
Arabic, French and English
   
Time Zone
GMT/UTC + 2
   
Average January temperatures
5.5 Degrees Celsius

Average July temperatures
26 Degrees Celsius

Annual rainfall
7.6 inches
 

 

In Muslim countries there is usually a masjid at every street corner so we are not listing masjids here.

Tishreen Sports Complex
Tourists can take their children to swim in the Olympic Pool at this sports complex.

Timings: Daily 6 A.M- 8 P.M

In Muslim countries the food served in most restaurants is Halal so we are not listing halal restaurants here.

Health & Safety in Damascus
Even though Damascus is generally very safe, there are some points worth remembering. It is always advisable to remain vigilant. Avoid ...

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