Why You Should Visit Damascus
Damascus is the capital of Syria and one of the world’s oldest cities known for its many incredible cultural and historical sites. Through the city center of Damascus you can stumble upon many interesting landmarks like the Mausoleum of Salah al-Din or the Azzam Palace which will give you plenty of things to do, or you may want to walk through the busy markets of Souq al-Hamidiyya and find some interesting trinkets. If you are up for a bit of a challenge you can make the journey up Mount Qasioun which offers incredible panoramic views of the city below, or for a more relaxing jaunt enjoy a bath in a Turkish Hammam and pamper yourself.
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Arriving In Damascus
Damascus International Airport is situated roughly 30 km from Damascus and consists of a single terminal. Inside the airport you can find a few places to eat and drink as well as souvenir and gift shops to pick up any last-minute gifts. The easiest way to travel into Damascus once you have landed is to get in a taxi, although there are public buses available if you would prefer.
If you are looking to travel to Damascus from the UAE it is possible to fly out of Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah. The airlines operating flights from Dubai International Airport are Cham Wings Airlines and Syrian Air, while Syrian Air also provides flights out of Abu Dhabi International Airport and Sharjah International Airport.
Damascus Travel Information
All nationals including those from the UAE will have to arrange for a visa first before flying to Syria. Despite the fact that visa laws in Syria previously allowed UAE nationals to enter the country without a visa, you should still speak with your local authorities to make sure you have all the right arrangements in place. In Damascus the weather gets very hot over the summer with average highs of around 37 degrees, although you may need some warm clothing if you visit during the winter period. Although Damascus does have its own network of buses, taxis are a more common sight and may be an easier way to get around the city.
* This information is correct as of February 2018
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