Syria is situated at the eastern end of the Mediterranean Sea and north of the Arabian Peninsula. It borders Turkey, Lebanon, Israel, Iraq, Jordan. The Euphrates river crosses the country in the east. It is considered to be one of the fifteen states that comprise the so-called "Cradle of civilization".
A population of close to 22.4 Million. Muslims account for about 74% of the population.
Hot, sunny summers and cold winters. In summer the temperatures can reach in excess of 35°C during the day. Snowfall is common in winter on the mountains.
Arabic the official language. Kurdish, English and French are widely used as well.
GMT+2 hrs Summer: +3 hrs
Government:9 AM to 3 PM General: 9 AM to 5 PM (Sunday to Thursday are the working days of the week. Friday & Saturday are considered as weekends)
Independence Day: April 17th Mother's Day: March 21st May Day: May 1st Christmas Day: December 25th
Muslim Festivals (Based on the lunar calandar): Id-ul-Fitr Id-ul-Adha Milad-un-Nabi Islamic New Year
IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS
Police/ Emergencies: 112 Medical: 110 Fire: 113
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