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  • Myrna Nazzour: the miracle of Damascus

    Myrna Nazzour lives a deep mystic experience started in 1982, when she was just 18, with oil pouring from her hands and eventually including apparitions, cures and stigmata. Blessed by the Greek-Catholic Church and approved by the Greek Orthodox Patriarch, whose written approval is exhibited in her house, Myrna continues her experience and spreads a message of Unity for the Church.

  • Marcel Khalifa

    Lebanese musician Marcel Khalifa mixes politics and music, much of which is inspired by the civil war in Lebanon. He collaborated with the famous Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish. Khalifa has come under fire for his songs on religion or politics, matters of disagreement in Lebanon.

    Photo by Ibrahim Malla

  • On the set with 5 SABAYA

    The second series of Sabaya was screened on Rotana TV during Ramadan 2010. The comedy series follows five girls, each with a different personality and ambitions, who live together in Damascus.

    Photos by Ibrahim Malla

     

  • Rising Syrian star: virtuoso clarinetist Kinan Azmeh

    Hailed as a “virtuoso” by the New York Times, clarinetist Kinan Azmeh is one of Syria's  rising music stars. His talents have graced stages in the United States, Europe and Japan as a soloist, composer and improviser.

    Reported by Hazar Jaber – U.S.A.

    Photo by Ibrahim Malla

     

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    Working with deaf kids and learning the sign language has taught Angelique Sanossian that communication can go through many channels. In her photography Angelique captures struggles and joys and reveals a special world of youths.

  • Waad Bou Hassoun Sings at Madrid Opera House

    (SANA) - Syrian singer Waad Bou Hassoun performs a concert at the Royal Madrid Opera House accompanied by the lute.

    Photo by Ibrahim Malla

  • Elias Zahlawi: Not an average priest

    Father Elias Zahlawi is renowned in Syria for his open mind and activism for inter-religious dialogue. In an open letter addressed to His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI, the Greek-Catholic priest calls for religious tolerance in addition to expressing his worries about the repercussions produced by the "scarce knowledge in the Western church of the realities within the Arab world".

  • Mehiar Ali sculpts life

    Syrian artist Mehiar Ali sculpts his vision of Man, which he expresses through sculptures in clay, wood, stone and glass.

    Ali was born in Damascus in 1986 but spent most of his childhood and teenage in Italy: this combination between Syrian history and Italian art had an important influence on his job.

  • Cheeeeese

    Syrian dentists Hazar Jaber and Hani Eid are an example of success in life and business. From Syria to the U.S. they never stopped working with creativity for their projects, for their community and for their family.

  • Abdul Rahman Attar: more than a businessman

    Prominent businessman Dr. Abdul Rahman Attar has a unique approach to business. President of Attar Group, (a conglomerate of privately-owned companies) and head of numerous organizations, he has evolved over the course of a lifetime full of commerce. Amongst his social involvements, are  Syrian Arab Red Crescent, of which he is the National President as well as Executive Board Member of the Governing Board of the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. (Syria Today)

  • Recognition

    Syrian author Mariam Moheddin Malla is honored in the UAE for her work that supports blind people.

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  • Mustafà Alì

    Mustafa Ali is a renowned Syrian sculptor based in Damascus. Born in Latakia in 1956, he studied in Syria and Italy. His sculptures focus on portraying human emotions through the physical form.

  • A story of success

    Syrian intellectually-disabled Alaa' Al-Zaybaq reached fame as an outstanding actor in the TV series "Beyond the Sun" where he played the role of a intellectually-disabled hero. In addition to this Alaa' is an excellent swimmer: his career counts several golden medals in local, regional and international competitions the last of whom in the present Special Olympic Games.

  • Ahmad Moalla

    Ahmad Moalla is a big name on Syria's art scene. Born in 1958, he is one of the leading contemporary artists in the Arab World. His work is displayed in permanent collections in Damascus, including in the Ayyam Gallery.

  • Abbas Al Nouri

    Born in 1952, Abbas al-Nouri is a famous Syrian television actor. He starred in Bab al-Hara 1 and 2, the famous series about a Damascus neighbourhood under the French mandate, as well as an Emmy-award winning series about Jenin refugee camp.

  • Najdat Anzur

    Najdat Anzour (born 1954) is the most influential director currently working in Syria. The son of Ismail Anzour, who produced Syria's first film "Under Damascus Skies", Anzour's television series have tackled controversial issues including adultery, corruption and Muslim extremism.

  • Ghassan Massaud

    Ghassan Massoud is Syria's export to Hollywood. The actor, born in 1958, starred as Saladin in the film Kingdom of Heaven in 2005 and appeared in Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End. When not acting, Massoud teaches drama in Damascus.

  • Sabah Fakhri

    There are few Syrians more famous than Sabah Fakhri, the traditional singer from Aleppo. Fakhri, born in 1933, is renowned across the Arab world for having popularised traditional forms of Arabic music including tarab and muwashashat, a form of sung poetry. He is in the Guinness Book of Records for a performance in Venezuela in which he sung non-stop for ten hours.

  • Ziad Rahbani

    The son of legendary Lebanese singer Fairuz, Ziad al-Rahbani, born 1956, is a renowned pianist and musician in his own right. He has attracted acclaim and criticism for his musicals, many of which make fun of the complex nature of Lebanese politics.

  • A drum roll for Inas

    Inas Halal inherited a passion for drums from her father Rabie, who taught her the percussion until he passed away. Today Inas is the only woman in Syria to play percussions.

Myrna Nazzour: Mystic in Damascus

Myrna Nazzour lives a deep mystic experience started in 1982 with oil pouring from her hands and eventually including apparitions, cures and stigmata. Blessed by the Greek-Catholic Church and approved by the Greek Orthodox Patriarch, whose written approval is exhibited in her house, Myrna continues her experience and spreads a message of Unity for the Church.   

Rising Syrian star: virtuoso clarinetist Kinan Azmeh

Hailed as a “virtuoso” by the New York Times, clarinetist Kinan Azmeh is one of Syrian music rising stars. His young but intensive career brought his sound, across different musical genders, to a worldwide audience, from Syria to America, Europe and Japan.

Reported by Hazar Jaber – U.S.A.