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Dima Bayaa

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01/01/2011 - 12:12
The whirling tradition of Dervishes in Focus

The whirling dance of the Dervishes is said to allow the dancer to reach a higher state of consciousness and connect with God. Coming from a Sufi tradition originating in Turkey, the practice soon moved into Syria where it remains to this day.

01/01/2011 - 12:12
NGOs in Syria

The increasing number of NGOs working in Syria shows the active role of volunteering in the country. Many of the organisations work with the Iraqi refugees who fled to Syria in the aftermath of the war in 2003 but the fields of application are innumerable and range from disadvantaged childhood to elderly persons, from education to medical support.

01/01/2011 - 12:12
Scent of a rose

The renowned Syrian poet, Nizar Qabbani, said the Damascus rose “condenses the history of perfume”. The rose is one of the most important flowers in Syria and it is used on official logos including that of the Ministry of Tourism.

01/01/2011 - 12:12
Ugarit: The birthplace of the alphabet

Syria is home to thousands of archeological sites, some of which haven't yet been excavated. One of the most important is Ugarit, on the northern coast close to Latakia. Here an ancient Mesopotamian civilisation built up and went on to develop the earliest example of a letter-based alphabet.

01/01/2011 - 12:12
Qamar Khalaf

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Kinda Hanna

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Shawerma: fast and irresistible

Born as cheap street food, shawerma is expanding in the world with the Turkish name "Doner kebab" but its origin got lost in time. What remains is for sure the incredible taste of this traditional meal.

01/01/2011 - 12:12
Carving a Life Story: the Syrian sculptor Mustafà Ali

Mustafa Ali is one of Syria's most renowned artists and sculptors. In his workshop and gallery in Damascus's Old City Ali creates sculptures of the human being, their position showing their emotions. The Arabian Business Magazine placed him as the thirty fifth most powerful Arabs in 2010 along with politicians, artists, and businessmen.

01/01/2011 - 12:12
Roads Rhythms

Music on the Road takes musicians and bands out of the stale setting of formal concert halls and takes them on the road to reach a wider audience. The annual festival sees concerts put on in parks and squares around the country.

01/01/2011 - 12:12