Map Page 1121 Area 71,498 square mi (185,180 square km) Population 19,000,000 Capital Damascus Highest Point 9,232 ft (2,814 m) Lowest Point -656 ft (-200 m) GDP per capita $1,020 Primary Natural Resources oil, gas, phosphates, asphalt.
THE SYRIAN ARAB Republic ("Al-Jumhria Al-Arabia Al-Suria" in Arabic) is a Middle Eastern country located at the southwestern edge of the Asian continent.
On the west it borders the MEDITERRANEAN SEA; TURKEY on the north; IRAQ on the east and southeast; JORDAN and ISRAEL on the south; and LEBANON on the southwest.
The Syrian Arab Republic (SAR) is usually called by the ancient name of Syria ("Sham").
Its two major regions, the western and eastern regions, are separated by the Great Rift Valley (Jordan Trench).
Within these regions are mountains, plains, and valleys.
The western region lies on the western side of the Great Rift Valley.
Its features are the coast, mountains, and river valleys.
The coast is a narrow strip of land that runs along the Mediterranean Sea from Lebanon to Turkey.
The coast is an important agricultural region that receives enough moisture from the Mediterranean Sea so that irrigation is not necessary.
In the south, the Plain of Akkar extends across the border with Lebanon.
Along the coast are sandy beaches alternating with rocky headlands and cliffs.
These are spurs of the Jabal an Nusayriyah (Jabal Alawite) range, which runs roughly north and south.
The Great Rift Valley divides Syria's eastern and western regions.
The Jordan River rises on Mount Hermon and flows south in the Jordan Trench to the Sea of Galilee.
The rift valley then continues north to near the border with Turkey.
Its northern end is near Aleppo (Haleb), one of Syria's major cities.
The Orontes River flows north in the rift valley (Ghab Depression) along the eastern side of the Jabal an Nusayriah range through the cities of Homs, Hama, and Apamea before turning west to flow to Latakia on the coast.
The fertile Orontes Valley is home to much of Syria's population.
The Anti-Lebanon Mountains (Qalamun Sinnir) form the eastern edge of the rift valley.
They contain Mount Hermon.
Damascus is east of them at an oasis nourished by the Barada River.
The Anti-Lebanon Mountains run roughly northward to near Homs before angling sharply to the northeast as the Palmyra range (Jabal Abu Rujmayn and finally as Jabal Bishri).
The Palmyra range is a mountainous area about 3,000 ft (910 m) high that stands above the central part of the plateau.
In the north many deep wadis descend from the plateau to the Euphrates.
The Euphrates River rises in Turkey and flows across Syria before entering Iraq.
The Tabka Dam on the Euphrates has formed the Assad Reservoir.
Further downstream, the Balikh and Khabur rivers also join the Euphrates as they flow across the Al-Jazirah (upper Mesopotamia) region.
The GOLAN HEIGHTS are a mountain plateau area in southwestern Syria overlooking the Sea of Galilee.
Israel currently occupies the area.
Eastward is the Jabal ad Duruz in the extreme south of the country.
This mountain area is home to the Druze, a secretive Shiite sect of Islam.
It is also the source of the Yarmuk River.
It crosses southern Syria and part of Jordan before joining the Jordan River.
The southern and eastern areas of Syria are the northern part of the Syrian Desert.
This area is located on a plateau that descends from 2,000 to 3,000 ft (610 to 910 m) above sea level at the edge of the rift valley.
It gradually descends to a flat sandy desert plain that joins with the border of Iraq.
It also slopes down to the Euphrates River as its eastern boundary.
Much of the southern part is a rocky plain.
Syria, as part of the FERTILE CRESCENt, contains numerous historic places.
One is the ruin of Palmyra, which was a famous caravan city on the Spice Road.
- A tourist has robbed a Thai bank to buy a ticket home
"The Australian tourist had a great time in Thailand, as we can see. He has been staying in the South-East Asian country this man realized that he had spent all his money and now cannot get home.
In order to buy an air ticket he didn’t have a better idea, but to go and rob a bank. The Australian broke into one of the departments in the center of Bangkok city wearing a mask and with a gun in his hands, which then turned out to be a toy gun.
23-year old tourist got 170,000 baht from the tellers, but didn’t manage to hide: he was quickly arrested by the police. Being questioned the criminal explained that he took the extreme measure because he couldn’t fly back home.
Thai police was not affected by his story; and by the local law the thief faces up to 10 years jail. "
- A five star hotel offers rooms at a price as low as $2
"Knickerocker is a luxury hotel that offers a surprisingly special deal. The hotel edging the Times Square offers rooms to the guests at a price $2.
A special offer is assigned to the 109 anniversary of the hotel. It is interesting that the price of $2 is not randomly chosen: that was exactly the day stay price the first guests paid at Knockerocker.
It should be noted that the special offer has a limited number of rooms. The offer is only valid only for bookings made online on the hotel’s website before evening October 16, 2015. "