Damascus (Arabic:دمشقDimashq IPA:[ˈdiːmaːʃq]) is the capital and the second-largest city of Syria after Aleppo. It is commonly known in Syria as ash-Sham (Arabic:الشامash-Shām) and nicknamed as the City of Jasmine (Arabic:مدينة الياسمينMadīnat al-Yāsmīn). In addition to being one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, Damascus is a major cultural and religious center of the Levant. The city has an estimated population of 1,711,000 as of 2009.
Located in southwestern Syria, Damascus is the center of a large metropolitan area of 2.6 million people (2004). Geographically embedded on the eastern foothills of the Anti-Lebanon mountain range 80 kilometres (50mi) inland from the eastern shore of the Mediterranean on a plateau 680 metres (2,230ft) above sea-level, Damascus experiences a semi-arid climate because of the rain shadow effect. The Barada River flows through Damascus.
First settled in the second millennium BC, it was chosen as the capital of the Umayyad Caliphate from 661 to 750. After the victory of the Abbasid dynasty, the seat of Islamic power was moved to Baghdad. Damascus saw a political decline throughout the Abbasid era, only to regain significant importance in the Ayyubid and Mamluk periods. During Ottoman rule, the city decayed while maintaining a certain cultural prestige. Today, it is the seat of the central government and all of the government ministries.
DAMASCUS —Three-year-old Anas al-Kharrat gracefully raises one hand to the sky as his long white robe twirls around his tiny spinning body ... a Damascus restaurant ... At 28, he now owns a fragrance shop in a popular Damascus market, but his real passion lies in Sufi spiritual practise.
DAMASCUS. Year after year Ramadan meals become more frugal in war-torn Syria as the economy worsens, but Damascus dwellers say a traditional wafer-thin crispy pancake called “naaem” is here to stay ... In one Damascus market, 49-year-old Abu Tareq called out to customers in a bellowing voice, standing near endless airy stacks of crispy naaem.
Year after year Ramadan meals become more frugal in war-torn Syria as the economy worsens, but Damascus dwellers say a traditional wafer-thin crispy pancake called "naaem" is here to stay ... In one Damascus market, 49-year-old Abu Tareq called out to customers in a bellowing voice, near endless airy stacks of crispy naaem.
Known to locals also as the “Sultan’s market,” a sign at the entrance says that it was constructed by the Ottoman Grand Vizier Qara Mustafa Pasha in 1569, in a similar fashion to the Hamidiyeh market in the Syrian capital, Damascus... The road through the market, no more than three meters wide, is packed every Sunday with shoppers.
In a busy market in Syria's capital, 53-year-old Ishaaq Kremed serenades customers and agilely pours tamarind juice from the ornate brass jug on his back ahead of Ramadan.� ... Syria's economic crisis has sent prices soaring and caused the national currency to plummet in value against the dollar on the black market.�.
The fight has focused on Ain Dara, a relatively obscure village of only a few thousand residents but strategically located near the Beirut-Damascus highway ... But Mr Fattouche is eyeing the Syrian market, where he has good relations with the ruling Assad family. Damascus is less than a two-hour drive from Ain Dara.
DAMASCUS. In a busy market in Syria’s capital, 53-year-old Ishaaq Kremed serenades customers and agilely pours tamarind juice from the ornate brass jug on his back ahead of Ramadan ... Syria’s economic crisis has sent prices soaring and caused the national currency to plummet in value against the dollar on the black market.
In an unusual turn of events in Syria, militants once backed by the US have seized a shipment of US-made missiles that was heading to fighters currently backed by the US ...Source. ... US efforts didn’t only fail to topple the Damascus government, but also ended up turning Syria into a large black market for advanced weapons ... Note to readers ... etc ... PayPal ... .
"We are living in a bubble isolated from the outside world," the 35-year-old tech expert says from an electronics repair shop in Damascus... The iPhone 12 in Damascus sells for at least six million Syrian pounds (more than $1 400 at the black market rate, and more than $4 700 at the official rate).
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Damascus has raised petrol prices in government-held parts of Syria by more than 50 per cent after the Syrian pound hit record lows in the black market. Damascus, (UrduPoint / PakistanPointNews - 16th Mar, 2021 ) .Damascus has raised petrol prices in government-held parts of ...
AMMAN (Reuters) – In the back alleys of the old city of Damascus, Yaseen al-Obeid carries sacks of bricks to make some extra cash and supplement his monthly foreman’s salary of $15 ... A vendor waits for customers at a herbs and spices market in the old city of Damascus.