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  • ALEPPO MAY 1-7, 2011 6 th International Conference on Arab Health Issues
  • Syria
    • 185,180 sq km
    • 21,762,978 People
    • 36.4%
    • (0-14y)
    • 59.9%
    • (15-64y)
  • Aleppo
    • Halab in Arabic
    • Second largest Syrian city
    • Capital of the Aleppo Governorate
    • 18,482 km² - 5,315,000 people
    • Greater Syria's largest city
    • Ottoman Empire's third, after Constantinople and Cairo
    • Twin towns—Sister cities
      • Lyon, France
      • Gaziantep, Turkey
      • Kilis, Turkey
      • Hatay Province, Turkey
      • Brest, Belarus
  • Silk Road
    • Aleppo flourished under many civilizations and developed a highly organized social, religious and economical structure early on in history
    • The city's strategic trading position attracted settlers of all races and beliefs
    • Silk Road that met in Aleppo from as far as China and Mesopotamia to the east, Europe to the west, and the fertile crescent and Egypt to the south.
  • Demographics
    • 70% Muslims
      • mainly Arabs, but also Kurds and other ethnicities, including Adyghe and Albanians, Bosnians, Bulgarians, Chechens, Circassians, and Kabardin.
    • One of the largest Christian communities in the Middle East (second to Beirut)
      • Between 15% and 20% are Syriac Orthodox (Armenians)
      • Catholics (Syriacs)
      • Maronite and Latin Catholics, Nestorian and Syriac Orthodox
      • Nowadays there are around 43 operating church buildings in the city, belong to different eastern Christian denominations
    • Very Small Jewish population
  • Ports of Entry
    • Aleppo International Airport
      • Direct from DTW (RJL)
      • Direct from other airports (Egypt Air, Turkish Airlines, Austrian Airlines)
      • Other (Bahrain Air, Brittish Midland, Saudi Airlines)
  • Aleppo International Airport
    • 1918- first KLM flight to the Far East via Aleppo airport
    • 1930- “Amy Johnson” achieved the first worldwide flight piloted by a woman from “London” to “Millburn” via Aleppo airport
  • Aleppo International Airport
  • Ports of Entry: Damascus
    • Damascus International Airport
      • Direct from DTW (RJL, AirFrance, Alitalia)
      • Direct from other airports (Many)
  • Travel and Tour Coordinator
    • K Tours, NY
      • Mr. Samir Khalil, President
      • Misr Travel, North American regional director
      • Coordinated NAAMA Conferences:
        • Egypt 98, 03, 08
        • Dubai 08
        • Spain & Morocco 09
        • Beirut 10
  • 5-star Accommodations
    • Sheraton Aleppo Hotel (conference headquarters)
      • Built on own city block in the downtown Bab Al Faraj district
      • 15 minutes from Airport
      • Wireless High Speed Internet Access
      • Health club, Turkish bath, Jacuzzi, Outdoor pool
      • Scientific Program
  • Cuisine
    • International Academy of Gastronomy in France awarded Aleppo its culinary prize in 2007
    • Vast selection of different types of dishes, such as kabab
    • Aleppines have invented more than 17 types of kibbeh dishes, which is considered a form of art for them.
    • The most favourite drink is Arak, which is usually consumed along with meze and Aleppine grills and kibbehs.
    • The za'atar of Aleppo is a type of Syrian oregano which is very favourite among Arabs, Armenians and Turks.
    • Aleppo is the origin of many different types of sweets and pastries. The Aleppine sweets are characterized to contain high rates of ghee butter and sugar
  • ARRIVAL DAY ONE May 1st
  • Welcome
    • Arrival
    • Evening Welcome Reception and Registration
    • At Sheraton Hotel
  • ALEPPO CITY TOUR DAY TWO May 2nd
  • The Citadel
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  • Suqs
    • Largest covered market, or suq, in the world in Aleppo with approximately 12 acres
    • The Medina , as it is locally known, is an active trade centre for imported luxury goods, such as raw silk from Iran, spices and dyes from India
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  • Khans
    • Aside from trading, the souq accommodated the traders and their goods in khans (caravanserais) scattered in the souq
    • The most famous khans include:
      • Khan Al-Wazir
      • Khan Al-Harir (Silk Khan)
      • Khan Al-Shouneh
      • Khan Al-Gumrok
      • Khan Khayer Bek
      • Khan of Venetians
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  • Great Mosque of Aleppo
    • Founded in 715 by Umayyad caliph Walid I, commenced in 1158 by Nur al-Din
    • The building contains a tomb associated with Zachary, father of John the Baptist
    • Damaged during the Mongol invasion of 1260, and was rebuilt.
    • It has four façades with different styles.
  • Nighttime
    • Dinner at the Aleppo Citadel Throne Hall
    • Hosted by the Governor of Aleppo
    • Cultural and Folkloric Show
  • ST SIMEON & OTHER BYZANTINE MONUMENTS DAY THREE May 3rd
  • Church of St. Simeon
    • 60 km
    • 5 th century
    • four basilicas built out from an octagonal court towards the four points of the compass to form a large cross.
    • centre of court - base of the style or column on which St. Simeon stood
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  • Church of Qalb Lozeh
    • 5 th century
    • first example of the Syrian model of the broad-aisled basilica church
    • probably used afterwards as a stopping station for pilgrims to St. Simeon's church
  • Nighttime
    • Dinner at Bawabet Al Shahba
    • Hosted by the President of Aleppo University
  • DEAD CITIES DAY FOUR May 4 th
  • Dead Cities
    • a group of 700 abandoned settlements
    • date back to before the fifth century B.C
    • contain many remains of Christian Byzantine architecture
    • cover an area 20–40 km (12–25 mi) wide and some 140 km (87 mi) long
    • Important dead cities include Serjilla, Ein Dara and al Bara.
  • Serjilla
    • Built in 473, best preserved
    • arose in a natural basin
    • prospered from cultivating of grapes and olives
  • Serjilla: Public Bath
  • Ebla
    • shows signs of continuous occupation from before 3000 BC
    • shows a record of monotheism as a true religion in, more than 1000 years older than the Torah, and possibly pre-dating by seven centuries, the reign of Egyptian Pharaoh Akhenaton.
    • most famous for the Ebla tablets, an archive of about 20,000 cuneiform tablets found there
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  • Nighttime
    • At leasure
  • EXPLORE ALEPPO ON YOUR OWN …. AFTER LUNCH DAY FIVE May 5 th
  • Nighttime
    • Conference Gala Dinner
  • POST CONFERENCE TOUR: PALMYRA DAY SIX May 6
  • Palmyra
    • ancient Aramaic city
    • first mentioned in the archives of Mari in the second millennium B.C.
    • trading city in the extensive trade network that linked Mesopotamia and northern Syria
    • a vital caravan city for travelers crossing the Syrian desert, known as the Bride of the Desert
  • Temple of Ba’al
  • The Roman Street
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  • POST CONFERENCE TOUR: DAMASCUS DAY SEVEN May 7 th
  • Damascus
    • occupied since the second half of the seventh millennium BC
    • considered the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world
  • Umayyad Mosque
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    • One of the largest and oldest mosques in the world
    • Considered the fourth holiest place in Islam
    • the first mosque to be visited by a pope in 2001
    • Significant to Muslims (Sunni/Sheiah) as well as Christians
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  • John the Baptist Shrine
  • Tomb of Saladin
  • House of St. Ananias said to be the house where Ananias baptized Saul (Paul)
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  • The Straight Street (Via Recta)
  • The Grand Finale: Mount Qassion
  • Post Conference Accommodations
    • Dedeman Hotel, Palmyra
    • Hotel Cham Palace, Damascus
  • Enjoy your visit …