Damascus (Arabic:دمشقDimashq IPA:[ˈdiːmaːʃq]) is the capital and the second-largest city of Syria after Aleppo. It is commonly known in Syria as ash-Sham (Arabic:الشامash-Shām) and nicknamed as the City of Jasmine (Arabic:مدينة الياسمينMadīnat al-Yāsmīn). In addition to being one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, Damascus is a major cultural and religious center of the Levant. The city has an estimated population of 1,711,000 as of 2009.
Located in southwestern Syria, Damascus is the center of a large metropolitan area of 2.6 million people (2004). Geographically embedded on the eastern foothills of the Anti-Lebanon mountain range 80 kilometres (50mi) inland from the eastern shore of the Mediterranean on a plateau 680 metres (2,230ft) above sea-level, Damascus experiences a semi-arid climate because of the rain shadow effect. The Barada River flows through Damascus.
First settled in the second millennium BC, it was chosen as the capital of the Umayyad Caliphate from 661 to 750. After the victory of the Abbasid dynasty, the seat of Islamic power was moved to Baghdad. Damascus saw a political decline throughout the Abbasid era, only to regain significant importance in the Ayyubid and Mamluk periods. During Ottoman rule, the city decayed while maintaining a certain cultural prestige. Today, it is the seat of the central government and all of the government ministries.
DAMASCUS, Oct ... The slim, tall man with a ponytail has been living in a rented rooftop flat in the capital Damascus since before the war ... At that time, the 37-year-old, who had studied filmmaking in Paris before, found the cinema language unable to help him describe the daily life in Damascus.
DAMASCUS (Xinhua) – Wearing brown uniforms with orange rims and matching hats, several young Syrians with Down Syndrome served between the tables, while some others stood behind a bar, preparing food and beverage at the cafe called Sucette. This is Syria’s first cafe ...
Our first stop was the warm and fuzzy CarverCafe in Damascus, Oregon... Carver Cafe is a must, not only because the food is yummy and reminiscent of the films, but also because the vibes are immaculate ... “I could almost sense Charlie and Bella’s presence sitting at the table in Carver Cafe,” Grace said.
"We are living in a bubble isolated from the outside world," the 35-year-old tech expert says from an electronics repair shop in Damascus... "I feel like Syria's technological clock stopped ticking years ago," she tells AFP from a Damascus cafe ... The iPhone 12 in Damascus sells for at ...
One of his favourite haunts was the lawyers’ cafe in the Palace of Justice courthouse, a colonial-era building in the centre of Damascus, which served coffee, tea and cigarettes, as well as a constant diet of legal gossip as counsel gathered before and after their cases, or met clients.