Learning Arabic native and non-native speakers
As many members ask many times for learning Arabic , there is arabic section in Damascus university and they teach the standard and the spoken language as student want .this is the address and contact person :
Ms Rahaf Ajouka
Tel: +963-(11)-2129494 (ext 55)
When in Damascus you should try to visit one of the many hammams (turkish baths).
It´s really a fun experience and it is sure to wash off any dust you might have a aquired in the desert.
The hammam is list here has "womens day" on tuesday and wedensday for any females wanting the hammam experience.
The opening hours are from 12 noon till 5pm.
Hammam Al Wad.
Below are a few books I recommend reading prior to a trip to Syria:
Syria - A Historical and Cultural Guide, by Warwick Ball
Damas - Miroir Brisé d'Un Orient Arabe (Éditions Autrement, Séries Monde)
Monuments of Syria - An Historical Guide, by Ross Burns
Syria - A Selection of Reports, by Carol Miller
Damascus - Hidden Treasures of the Old City, by Brigid Keenan (illustrated)
Damascus - A History, by Ross Burns (a detailed historical account, recommended only for those passionate about the details)
Rome in the East, The Transformation of an Empire, by Warwick Ball
There are many landmarks to help the visitor in the center of the city, despite all the works that are going on. The avenue Shukry Kouwatly ends at a sort of esplanade , crowded with taxis an d buses. From here, on the right, the boulevard al Jabry begins (general post office, railway station); on the left is the boulevard Port Saïd, which becomes the boulevard du 29 Mai, ending at the place du 17 April, facing the imposing marble colonnade of the Central Bank. These wide boulevards are lined with restaurants, cinemas, the monument to the glory of the Syrian peasant (Mydan Youssef al Azmeh), the Mouhafazah, or town hall, the city Tourist Information International Bureau, and commercial buildings of many kinds (for example, high-quality jewelers). If, leaving the boulevards, we take one of the streets continuing the avenue Shukry Kouwatly to the east, we arrive at Sahat al Shoufhada'a ("the square of the Martyrs"), still commonly known as place Marjeh. This square is easily recognized by a curious bronze colonnade wreathed in electric cables. This monument was erected to commemorate the opening of first telegraphic link in the Middle East - the line between Damascus and Medina.
Souk Saroujah, north of the...
Souk Saroujah, north of the old city is usually free of tourists, apart from the area around the Al-Haramain Hotel. It is an old quarter and stretches both sides of a busy 'motorway'. There are a couple of museums hidden in here, which I didn't find until my last day, and unfortunately they were shut!