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Rebuilding Mount Qasioun?

March 18th, 2009 · 4 Comments · Uncategorized

Most of the cafes littering Jebl Qasioun, high above Damascus, opened 6 years ago.
During the spring of 2003, lots of florescent multi-coloured cafes and restaurants appeared. Through the spring of 2009, many of them have vanished.
If you look up at the mountain from the city below, the mountain road used to be quite clear to see – a line of green, red and yellow lights. Like a sky-high funfair peering down on Damascus. But it’s always had a reputation. The cafes and restaurants are generally known for their poor food, and prices as high as the mountain they’re on.
Now, if you look up at the jebl, something’s changed. There are gaps in the lights along the road. Many of the cafes have closed – leaving just a handful of the more reputable places. And they haven’t just shut – they’ve been bulldozed.
The street-side Nescafe vendors – many who’ve come from outside Damascus looking for work – have taken their place, setting up their plastic chairs on the rubble overlooking Damascus.



4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 cheb // Mar 19, 2009 at 12.12 pm

    i doubt they’re rebuilding as such, the cafes probably weren’t getting enough income – bad food and even worse seating.. especially with the cold weather damascus has recently experienced probably encouraged them to close.

    i guess this along with the fact that most Damascene families bring their own food and drink to the top of the jebel.. doubt business was blooming!!

    although i had noticed their huts have been removed too…? maybe they chose to remove them and open up somewhere else… zabadani?

  • 2 cheb // Mar 19, 2009 at 12.13 pm


  • 3 ????? // Mar 20, 2009 at 10.39 am

    i fear that some kind of a gulf company – like the one in Omayayed Square- has gained the area to build something:(

    i hope not.

  • 4 Sarah // Mar 22, 2009 at 12.29 am

    those nescafe sellers are way better anyway. i always hated those cafes.

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