Dweir Baabda ... a world of beautiful nature combining modernity and tradition

The village of Dweir Baabda in the countryside of the city of Jableh in  Lattakia is unique with its charming view on  the plains of Banias, Jabla and Lattakia, its picturesque landscapes, and its houses  which  combine modernity and tradition and  still symbolize the simple rural life.

The village is about 50 km from the city center of Lattakia and about 650 meters above  the sea level. 

Head of Dweir Baabda municipality Eng. Engineer Hussein al-Mouahad  said  that Dweir in Baabda is characterized by its fertile soil, which is suitable for planting all types of crops, such as citrus fruits, olives, apples and other fruit trees, in addition to seasonal vegetables and tobacco.

Al-Mouhad pointed out that the village contains a trade center and industrial workshops, in addition to a number of development projects under implementation, including a sewing workshop, food facilities and others for the manufacture of irrigation pipes and detergents.  These projects   would supply the market with local products and provide job opportunities for the people of the village and neighboring villages.

Six tourist facilities are re-put in service in Dara’a

Damascus (ST): The Ministry of Tourism has announced that six tourist facilities and 30 tourism and travel offices  were re-put into service in addition to giving permits to ten new tourist agencies. 

The Ministry said in a statement that the total number of tourist agencies and facilities in Dara’a has reached to 72, noting that among the new tourist projects to be carried out is a two-star restaurant in al-Sanamin city at a value of 500 Syrian pounds that will ensure new job opportunities for the graduates of hotel schools and institutes.

The Ministry of Tourism gave earlier permits for nine tourist projects in Tartous governorate and other five to rehabilitate tourist facilities in Damascus Countryside.


The Tourism Ministry bans celebrations on Christmas and New Year

The Tourism Ministry has decided to ban parties and celebrations at tourist facilities and restaurants in all Syrian provinces on Christmas and the New Year in order to ensure that these facilities adhere to specific occupancy rates in the light of the coronavirus pandemic in the country.

Director of the Tourism Quality and Control at the Ministry of Tourism Ziad Al-Balkhi said that the ministry’s decision doesn’t provide for the closure of these facilities.

According to Al-Balkhi, the decision was made because the celebrations held in these places witness crowding and violate the conditions set for all the tourist facilities, including hotels and restaurants of various classifications.

He pointed out that the penalties for violations in these facilities may amount to closure.

World Tourism Organization: World tourism down by 70 percent

The World Tourism Organization announced Tuesday that the movement of international tourist delegations recorded a sharp decline of 70 percent in the world in the first eight months of the year compared to the previous year, due to the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Madrid-based UN organization said that the two months of summer, which usually constitute an active tourist season in the northern hemisphere, were disastrous. They saw a decrease in the number of tourists by 81 percent in July compared to the same month last year, and 79 percent in August.

The organization notes in its statement that this collapse represents a 700 million decline in the number of tourists and losses amounting to 730 billion dollars for the global tourism sector, "more than eight times the losses recorded after the global financial crisis in 2009."

The Asia-Pacific region, which was the first region to hit the outbreak, is the worst affected (-79 percent), followed by Africa and the Middle East (-69 percent), Europe (-68 percent) and the American continent (-65 percent).

The decline in the delegations of vacationers to Europe was slightly weaker than in other regions of the world (-72 percent in July and -69 percent in August), but "the recovery was short-lived due to the imposition of new restrictions on travel due to the increase in the number of infections again,” According to the World Tourism Organization.

Kafarayya village in Lattakia ... a distinctive destination for exploration enthusiasts

Kafarayya  River Valley and its tributaries is one of the distinctive destinations for exploration enthusiasts, with its virgin forests, fresh springs and waterfalls  and what makes it more beautiful is the spread of caves, fishing terraces and canals carved in the rock along its stretch and other beautiful landscapes that could be wonderful paintings. .

The village of Kafarayya  is located at the foot of a hill  of a height ranging between 200 and 500 meters in Al-Haffeh region .  It still preserves  many archaeological monuments, according to Bashar Shakouhi, a resident of the region and a fan of exploration and camping.