One of Syria’s biggest building projects has just been unveiled: Syria Towers.The $300 million complex will house a five-star hotel, offices, apartments, a shopping centre, restaurants, cinemas plus parking space.
It will sit on the empty plot of land at Baramkeh – where the international bus and taxi station used to be, before it outgrew the space, and moved to Somariah, just outside Mezzeh.
The development will prove to be controversial, if it ends up looking anything like the photo above. The Four Seasons, nearby, is an architectural eyesore, and is one of the city’s tallest buildings.
Damascus is not known for its high rise properties. Combined with tough building laws, and lack of space, this means the city has some of the most expensive office space in the world. In recent years, massive new projects have been focussed on the city’s suburbs – like the much delayed Eighth Gate, in Yaafour.
Syria Holdings is putting Syria Towers out to tender. A French company is finalising the design (the photo above is a rough estimate). The building contractor is also likely to be an international firm, although the company has not yet been selected.