A Kuwaiti company is going to build a quarter of a billion dollar tourism and leisure centre on the Ummayad Square.
At the centre will be Syria’s first InterContinental Hotel. There will also be a shopping centre, cinemas, offices plus a health club and spa.
Kuwaiti company Kharafi Group has won the right to build the 50,000 square metre Kiwan project. It should be complete within two years.
The Ummayad Square is one of the most important centres in the new city. An underpass to ease traffic congestion took years to build. Around the square are the Opera House, the National Library, the National TV Centre, part of the University and the wonderful Tishreen Park. One of the roads leads into the heart of Damascus, another to Beirut, and a third goes up to Mount Qassioun. It’s not clear which side the Kiwan project will be on.
It’s the latest stage in Syria’s push for tourism, which seems to be working – there have already been 23% extra visitors this year.