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Syrian Arab Republic , is an Arab country in Southwest Asia, bordering Lebanon and the Mediterranean Sea to the west, Israel to the southwest, Jordan to the south, Iraq to the east, and Turkey to the north. The name Syria formerly comprised the entire region of the Levant, while the modern state encompasses the site of several ancient kingdoms and empires, including the Eblan civilization of the third millennium BC. In the Islamic era, its capital city, Damascus, was the seat of the Umayyad Empire and a provincial capital of the Mamluk Empire. Damascus is widely regarded as one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. Modern Syria was created as a French mandate and attained independence in April 1946, as a parliamentary republic. The post-independence period was rocky, and a large number of military coups and coup attempts shook the country in the period 1949-1970. Syria has been under Emergency Law since 1962, effectively suspending most constitutional protections for citizens. The country has been governed by the Baath Party since 1963, although actual power is concentrated to the presidency and a narrow grouping of military and political strongmen. Syria's current president is Bashar al-Assad, son of Hafez al-Assad, who held office from 1970 until his death in 2000. Syria has played a major regional role, particularly through its central role in the Arab conflict with Israel, which since 1967 has occupied the Golan Heights, and by active involvement in Lebanese and Palestinian affairs. The population is mainly Sunni Muslim, but with significant Alawi, Shia, Druze and Christian minorities. Since the 1960s, Alawite military officers have tended to dominate the country's politics. Ethnically, some 90% of the population is Arab, and the state is ruled by the Baath Party according to Arab nationalist principles, while approximately 10% belong to the Kurdish,Armenian,Turkmen,Assyrian and Circassians minorities.

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Syrian Tunisian tourism workshop - Damascus
Syrian Tunisian tourism workshop Syria and Tunisia join hands to organize a tourism conference in Damascus. DAMASCUS, Syria (SANA) – The Syrian-Tunisian tourism workshop kicked off on Sunday, organized by the Syrian Ministry of Tourism, Syrian Tourism Chambers Syndicate, Syrian Airlines and Tunisian Airlines. The workshop, which was attended by Syrian Minister of Tourism Saadalla Agha al-Qalaa, is an important opportunity for activating mutual tourist work and increasing the arrival of tourist groups in both countries. The workshop also included meetings between tourism and travel agencies and representatives of tourist activities in both countries, during which they discussed means to increase tourist advent and exchange expertise and dele...

Culture of Syria - Damascus
Culture of Syria The scribes of the city of Ugarit created a cuneiform alphabet in the fourteenth century BCE. The alphabet was written in the familiar order we use today. Archaeologists have discovered extensive writings and evidence of a culture rivaling those of Mesopotamia and Egypt in and around the ancient city of Ebla. Later Syrian scholars and artists contributed to Hellenistic and Roman thought and culture. Cicero was a pupil of Antiochus of Ascalon at Athens; and the writings of Posidonius of Apamea influenced Livy and Plutarch. Philip Hitti claimed, the scholars consider Syria as the teacher for the human characteristics, and Andrea Parrout writes, each civilized person in the world should admit that he has two home count...

Chinese tourists allowed to visit Syria - Damascus
Chinese tourists allowed to visit Syria The Chinese government awarded Syria approved destination status for Chinese tour groups. Deputy director of the China National Tourism Administration and Syrian ambassador to China, signed two documents , including a bilateral tourism memorandum of understanding (MOU) and a cooperation plan. Syrian ambassador to China said China and Syria had a long history of friendship and exchanges going back to the Silk Road period. We will work together to promote bilateral tourism exchanges, he said. Syria's tourism income reached 2.3 billion US dollars last year and it expects to welcome 12 million foreign travelers by 2015.

The Perfect Season to Visit Syria - Damascus
The Perfect Season to Visit Syria The best time of year to go to Syria is spring (March to May) when the weather is mild and wildflowers are in bloom. In Damascus, the winter rains will have cleared the haze and swollen the rivers, so the wooden norias (waterwheels) in Hama will be turning and fresh, clean water flowing through the city. Autumn (September to November) is the next-best choice, between the intense heat of summer and the cloud of winter. If you go in summer (June to August), don't be caught without a hat, sunscreen and water bottle, especially if you're going to Palmyra or the northeast. Coastal areas such as Lattakia can get extremely humid, while the interiors will be very hot and dry. Winter can also be rather unpleasant. The w...

Syria opens borders to tourists fleeing Lebanon - Damascus
Syria opens borders to tourists fleeing Lebanon Tourists poured into Syria from Lebanon on Thursday, fleeing Israeli bombing and a sea and air blockade that turned crowded Syrian border crossings into Lebanon's only outlet to the world. I thought stability was in the air and this year was a good time to visit Lebanon, but Israeli aggression proved me wrong, said U.S. attorney Khaled Fakhuri. I got orders from my company to leave. It is a shame really. Lebanon was a nice place, said Fakhuri, among a group of 65 tourists from California who crossed to Syria through the Masnaa border post on the road from Beirut to Damascus. Syrian officials said they had eased border procedures to help Lebanon and cope with thousands of tourists waiting to process their paper...