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Flying the flag for Syria

May 6th, 2010 · 5 Comments · Culture

Syria has finally got its own national flag, on Shukri Al-Quwatli Street, between the Dedeman Hotel (the former Meridien) and Jisr Al-Rais.

The problem is that you can’t really see it from anywhere except Jisr, and Sahat Al-Nejmeh.

Unlike many flags flying around town, this one is pristine, and flutters elegantly in the wind. Here’s a video for your viewing pleasure.

In fact, it looks like the inspiration has come from Jordan. Their flag, erected a few years ago, is one of the symbols of Amman. Flying from the peak of Jebl Al-Qalaa, the highest hill in the city, it can be seen from every point in the capital.

Which makes me think, why didn’t they just put the beautiful two-starred Syrian flag at the top of Jebl Qasioun.

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5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Maysaloon // May 6, 2010 at 2.49 am

    Yes this is a new fad that started in some European cities as well. I know Madrid had this fad as well and they have this massive flag fluttering away there. It’s all quite amusing really.

  • 2 omar // May 6, 2010 at 7.40 am

    ?? ??? ???? ? ??? ?????? ????

  • 3 Syria Almighty // May 6, 2010 at 8.04 pm

    When did Meridien change its name to Dedeman???

  • 4 Maysaloon // May 14, 2010 at 2.31 pm

    Syria Almighty, I think the Meridien chain decided not to renew the franchise and a local group of businessmen bought it out and revamped it.

  • 5 abdulla // May 30, 2010 at 12.12 am

    actually Le Meridien was not a franchise, it was a contract for a determined period between Le Meridien hotel and the syrian governement ,after this period ,the hotel belong to the syrian governement.
    and last year was the end of this contract,so the syrian governement did a new contract with the turkish chain DEDEMAN.

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