Ok, se we know the Old City of Damacus only has seven gates – the entry points into the historical centre. But now the city is getting the Eighth Gate.
Don’t worry, it’s just a name. The development is taking place about 15 minutes outside the Old City, in Yarfour. And it will create the largest shopping mall in the Levant.
The 500 million dollar project (26 billion Syrian Lira) also features two office buildings and four residential properties.
It is being built by Emirates-based companies Emaar and IGO, and they say they want to recreate Dubai luxury in the Levant. Some of the houses will be on the waterfront, and the shopping mall will be built in the style of the Damascus Old City. Access to the whole complex is through an Old City style gate.
The Eighth Gate is due to open in Spring 2007.