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Scenes from the Souk

June 18, 2009


The main shopping thoroughfare in Damascus is the venerable souk al-Hamidiyya, named after the Ottoman Sultan Abdul Hamid II and forms one of the main entrances to the medieval Old City of Damascus. Under the corrugated iron roof lie rows of shops selling jewellery, clothes, leather bags, Arabic perfume and embroidery competing for the masses […]

Shopping in Syria

June 17, 2009


Let’s ignore the global financial crisis for a while, and pretend we actually have money. The natural reaction is to go on a shopping frenzy. This makes perfect sense, because despite calls from financial advisers and ethicists to cut down on spending or worse, eliminate conspicuous consumption altogether, it’s hard to deny that shopping makes […]

Syrian Stories

February 4, 2009


Last January, I had the opportunity of visiting Syria in the midst of winter. Winter in Syria is not as frigid or unpredictable as the European winter, with a fairly steady average of around 10 C during the day. I’ve always enjoyed cooler climes so it was the perfect temperament for me. A must-see in […]