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The Syrian Pound (lira).
The bank notes are 5- 10 -25 - 50 - 100 - 200 - 500 - 1000 liras.
The coins are 1 - 2 - 5 - 10 - 25 liras.
Approx. exchange rate: 1$ = 50sp, 1€ = 60sp
Telephone, fax, mobile (GSM), Internet systems are available.
WEIGHT & MESUARES
Kilograms and metric system.
220 Volts AC, 50 Cycles, using rounded two-prong plugs.
There are international (5-star) hotels in Syria: Sheraton,
Meridien, Cham chain. Numerous first and second class hotels are found
throughout the country.
Chalets and campings are also available along the coastline during
November thru April: GMT +2Hours.
May thru October: GMT +3Hours.
Continental in most of the country with four distinct seasons.
Average temperature 37c. in summer, 10c. in winter and 22c. in spring
Government: 8.00 to 14.00
Stores: 9.00 to 13.30 and 17.00 to 20.00 (winter) 22.00 (summer).
Friday is the official holiday.
Tuesday is museums and castles closing day.
The official language is Arabic. Many Syrians also speak a second
language, French and/or English.
HOW TO GET THERE
Damascus, the main gateway to Syria, is connected with Europe &
Asia by many international airlines. Aleppo enjoys connections to the
Gulf and Europe, mainly with the national airline Syrian Air. By land,
highways connect Syria with Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Turkey. There are
seaport facilities at Lattakia and Tartous, and a new and modern marina
Local and Arab newspapers and magazines are sold at many
newsstands. Foreign media is found at the international hotels. Local
television (2 channels + 1 satellite), broadcast some programs in French
Syrian handicrafts represent a tradition of skilled workmanship
and folk art that dates back many thousands of years. The most common
Syrian craft items which are found in the souks (Damascus and Aleppo)
and specialized shops all over Syria, include hand-woven silk brocades,
embroidered table cloths, carpets, brass and copper, leather, gold and
silver jewelry, inlaid furniture with mother of pearls.
All visitors to Syria require a valid passport and an entry visa,
which should be obtained prior to departure from Syrian Consulates and
Syria will not grant visa nor entry permit to anyone who has a passport
which shows evidence of a visit to Israeli occupied territory.