Damascus Tourism

Damascus (Arabic: دمشق‎‎ Dimashq IPA: [ˈdimaʃq]) is the capital and the largest city of Syria after Aleppo prior to the civil war. It is now most likely the largest city of Syria, due to the decline in population of Aleppo because of the ongoing battle for the city. It is commonly known in Syria as ash-Sham (Arabic: الشام‎‎ ash-Shām) and nicknamed as the City of Jasmine (Arabic: مدينة الياسمين‎‎ Madīnat al-Yāsmīn). In addition to being one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, Damascus is a major cultural and religious centre of the Levant. The city has an estimated population of 1,711,000 as of 2009. Located in south-western Syria, Damascus is the centre 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 (50 mi) inland from the eastern shore of the Mediterranean on a plateau 680 metres (2,230 ft) 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. Today, it is the seat of the central government and all of the government ministries.

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This warm abode of Damascus is a delightful place to visit in Syria. A holiday in Damascus can generally be of 1-2 days.

Get, set and plan a journey with this amazing travel planner for Damascus that shall leave you with plenty of memories at the end of your trip.

  • Know the pollution level of Damascus before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 57.89 (Moderate)
    • Water Pollution 53.75 (Moderate)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 59.21 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 65 (High)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 52.5 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 59.21 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 57.5 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 65 (High)
  • How safe is Damascus for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Damascus.

    • Burglary and Theft 56.86 (Moderate)
    • Mugging and Robbery 57.84 (Moderate)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 63 (High)
    • Corruption and Bribery 73.98 (High)
    • Car Stealing 56.25 (Moderate)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 61.98 (High)
    • Attacks 60.71 (High)
    • Drug offense 42.19 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 46 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during night 33.5 (Low)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 56.12 (Moderate)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 54.59 (Moderate)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 57.65 (Moderate)
  • Quality of Life Index of Damascus is 19.99 (Very Low)

    • Safety Index 39.22 (Low)
    • Climate Index 70.11 (High)
    • Pollution Index 67.67 (High)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 35 (Moderate)
    • Cost of Living Index 27.96 (Very Low)
    • Health Care Index 45.54 (Moderate)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 80.15 (Very High)
    • Purchasing Power Index 10.89 (Very Low)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Here's how much it will cost to shop in Damascus

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.03 USD
    • International Movie per seat 5 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 30.12 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 71.59 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 19.95 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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