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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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Facts and Stats for Damascus*

  • Pollution Statistics in Damascus

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

    • Air Pollution 50 (Moderate)
    • Water Pollution 46.67 (Moderate)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 55.36 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 55 (Moderate)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 41.67 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 51.67 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 48.33 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 56.67 (Moderate)
  • Damascus: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Damascus for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Damascus.

    • Burglary and Theft 53.19 (Moderate)
    • Mugging and Robbery 54.79 (Moderate)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 60.87 (High)
    • Corruption and Bribery 71.67 (High)
    • Car Stealing 53.33 (Moderate)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 59.44 (Moderate)
    • Attacks 58.89 (Moderate)
    • Drug offense 37.5 (Low)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 50 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during night 34.24 (Low)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 53.33 (Moderate)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 52.22 (Moderate)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 55 (Moderate)
  • Living in Damascus - Quality of Life

    Quality of Life Index of Damascus is 27.92 (Very Low)

    • Safety Index 41.98 (Moderate)
    • Climate Index 70.11 (High)
    • Pollution Index 58.07 (Moderate)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 35 (Moderate)
    • Cost of Living Index 27.34 (Very Low)
    • Health Care Index 46.67 (Moderate)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 80.78 (Very High)
    • Purchasing Power Index 11.54 (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.

  • Cost for Essentials in Damascus

    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 67.99 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 21.06 USD

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

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