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The Damascus tourist takeover – part 1

July 20th, 2009 · 2 Comments · Travel

Syria is in the newspapers, it’s on the TV, it’s in the bookshops. Listen up Europeans, Damascus is the hot new weekend getaway. There has been a fifty per cent rise in package holidays from Europe over the past few years. The total number (which includes Arab tourists) was 1 million in 2001, with an […]

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Tough new laws for drivers

July 18th, 2009 · 2 Comments · Travel

Syria has a terrible history of road accidents (like this and this). Now it looks like the crackdown has finally begun. Speeding is one of the biggest causes of crashes, so speed cameras have been installed on highways in Aleppo and now Damascus too. It follows the enforcement of the seatbelt laws – drivers and […]

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Massive new hotel development next to the Old City

July 9th, 2009 · 2 Comments · Travel

A three-hundred-room Holiday Inn hotel is being built next to the Old City. It will be the first international chain to be built so close to the city centre – the others (Four Seasons, Meridian/Dedeman and Sheraton) are all on the Mezzeh Autostrad. You’d need a taxi to get anywhere. The company building the hotel […]

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Speed cameras in Damascus

July 8th, 2009 · No Comments · Travel

Speed cameras are being installed along the city’s three main highways: Mezzeh, Adawi and the Airport Road. They will take photos of any car driving above the speed limit (60 kilometres per hour) and penalties can be sent directly to the registered owner. It is hoped the cameras can finally sort out Syria’s terrible speeding […]

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No more Damascus Airport departure tax

June 16th, 2009 · 3 Comments · Travel

Damascus Airport has finally included departure tax into ticket prices, as of today. It means most passengers (starting with Syrianair) will no longer be hit by the 1500L surprise at the airport. Instead, tickets sold in Syria and abroad are all increasing by $30. The departure stamp is a major cause of frustration, with many passengers […]

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12 dead in bus crash

June 5th, 2009 · 2 Comments · Travel

12 people have died after a truck hit a bus in southern Syria. Unlike previous incidents, this was a Pullman coach which was involved. It was travelling from Damascus to Sweida near the village of Assoura. 18 people have been injured – 4 are critically ill in intensive care. It’s thought the two vehicles were […]

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Syria Travel Special

May 3rd, 2009 · 9 Comments · Travel

You know times are changing when The Times (UK) devotes four articles to Syria in the space of one weekend. They’ve sent four reporters to deliver four travel articles we really haven’t seen before. (Yes, this is me being generous about Syria travel pieces – savour it, it doesn’t happen often). The first article is […]

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New Syrian airline takes-off

May 2nd, 2009 · 3 Comments · Business, Travel

Lu’lua (Syrian Pearl) has become Syria’s first private airline. Lu’lua is owned by SyrianAir, plus a number of private Syrian and Kuwaiti companies. It has launched flights to Aleppo, Deir Az Zour and Qamishli using a single aircraft. Next week, it will gain a second plane, and will add Lattakia to its schedules. The single […]

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One set of Brits leave Iraq – another set plan to go in

May 1st, 2009 · No Comments · Politics, Travel

The British military planes are leaving Iraq for the last time. But another fleet of British planes could be on their way in – carrying paying passengers. British airline BMI wants to operate the first direct flights from London to Baghdad since the 1980s. British Airways stopped flying there during the Iran-Iraq war. BMI is […]

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Strike gold in Damascus

April 15th, 2009 · 2 Comments · Travel

So it seems Bab Touma is the Damascene pot of gold. (Inspired by this, south of the border.)

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