ALEPPO
MAY 1-7, 2011
6th
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
...
Silk Road
 Aleppo flourished under
many civilizations and
developed a highly
organized social, religious
and economical s...
Demographics
 70% Muslims
 mainly Arabs, but also Kurds and other ethnicities,
including Adyghe and Albanians, Bosnians,...
Ports of Entry
 Aleppo International
Airport
 Direct from DTW (RJL)
 Direct from other
airports (Egypt Air,
Turkish Air...
Aleppo International Airport
 1918- first KLM
flight to the Far East
via Aleppo airport
 1930- “Amy
Johnson” achieved
th...
Aleppo International Airport
Ports of Entry: Damascus
 Damascus
International Airport
 Direct from DTW (RJL,
AirFrance, Alitalia)
 Direct from other...
Travel and Tour Coordinator
 K Tours, NY
 Mr. Samir Khalil,
President
 Misr Travel, North
American regional
director
 ...
5-star
Accommodations
 Sheraton Aleppo
Hotel (conference
headquarters)
 Built on own city
block in the
downtown Bab Al
F...
Cuisine
 International Academy of
Gastronomy in France awarded
Aleppo its culinary prize in 2007
 Vast selection of diff...
ARRIVAL
DAY ONE
May 1st
Welcome
 Arrival
 Evening
Welcome
Reception and
Registration
 At Sheraton
Hotel
ALEPPO CITY TOUR
DAY TWO
May 2nd
The Citadel
Suqs
 Largest covered
market, or suq, in the
world in Aleppo with
approximately 12 acres
 The Me dina , as it is
locally...
Khans
 Aside from trading, the
souq accommodated the
traders and their goods
in khans (caravanserais)
scattered in the so...
Great Mosque of Aleppo
• Founded in 715 by
Umayyad caliph Walid I,
commenced in 1158 by
Nur al-Din
• The building contains...
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
 5th
century
 four basilicas built
out from an
octagonal court
towards the four
points of t...
Church of Qalb Lozeh
 5th
century
 first example of the
Syrian model of the
broad-aisled basilica
church
 probably used...
Nighttime
 Dinner at Bawabet
Al Shahba
 Hosted by the
President of Aleppo
University
DEADCITIES
DAY FOUR
May 4th
Dead Cities
 a group of 700 abandoned settlements
 date back to before the fifth century B.C
 contain many remains of C...
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...
Nighttime
 At leasure
EXPLORE ALEPPO ON
YOUR OWN ….
AFTER LUNCH
DAY FIVE
May 5th
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 t...
Temple of Ba’al
The Roman Street
POST CONFERENCE
TOUR:
DAMASCUS
DAY SEVEN
May 7th
Damascus
 occupied since
the second half of
the seventh
millennium BC
 considered the
oldest
continuously
inhabited city...
Umayyad Mosque
 One of the largest and
oldest mosques in the
world
 Considered the fourth
holiest place in Islam
 the first mosque to ...
John the Baptist Shrine
Tomb of Saladin
House of St. Ananias
said to be the house where Ananias baptized Saul (Paul)
The Straight Street (Via Recta)
The Grand Finale: Mount
Qassion
Post Conference
Accommodations
 Dedeman Hotel,
Palmyra
 Hotel Cham Palace,
Damascus
Enjoy your visit …
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  1. 1. ALEPPO MAY 1-7, 2011 6th International Conference on Arab Health Issues
  2. 2. Syria  185,180 sq km  21,762,978 People  36.4% (0-14y)  59.9% (15-64y)
  3. 3. 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
  4. 4. 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.
  5. 5. 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
  6. 6. 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)
  7. 7. 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
  8. 8. Aleppo International Airport
  9. 9. Ports of Entry: Damascus  Damascus International Airport  Direct from DTW (RJL, AirFrance, Alitalia)  Direct from other airports (Many)
  10. 10. 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
  11. 11. 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
  12. 12. 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
  13. 13. ARRIVAL DAY ONE May 1st
  14. 14. Welcome  Arrival  Evening Welcome Reception and Registration  At Sheraton Hotel
  15. 15. ALEPPO CITY TOUR DAY TWO May 2nd
  16. 16. The Citadel
  17. 17. Suqs  Largest covered market, or suq, in the world in Aleppo with approximately 12 acres  The Me dina , 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
  18. 18. 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-Waz ir  Khan Al-Harir (Silk Khan)  Khan Al-Sho une h  Khan Al-Gum ro k  Khan Khaye r Be k  Khan o f Ve ne tians
  19. 19. 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.
  20. 20. Nighttime  Dinner at the Aleppo Citadel Throne Hall  Hosted by the Governor of Aleppo  Cultural and Folkloric Show
  21. 21. ST SIMEON & OTHER BYZANTINE MONUMENTS DAY THREE May 3rd
  22. 22. Church of St. Simeon  60 km  5th 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
  23. 23. Church of Qalb Lozeh  5th 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
  24. 24. Nighttime  Dinner at Bawabet Al Shahba  Hosted by the President of Aleppo University
  25. 25. DEADCITIES DAY FOUR May 4th
  26. 26. 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.
  27. 27. Serjilla  Built in 473, best preserved  arose in a natural basin  prospered from cultivating of grapes and olives
  28. 28. Serjilla: Public Bath
  29. 29. 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
  30. 30. Nighttime  At leasure
  31. 31. EXPLORE ALEPPO ON YOUR OWN …. AFTER LUNCH DAY FIVE May 5th
  32. 32. Nighttime  Conference Gala Dinner
  33. 33. POST CONFERENCE TOUR: PALMYRA DAY SIX May 6
  34. 34. 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 o f the De se rt
  35. 35. Temple of Ba’al
  36. 36. The Roman Street
  37. 37. POST CONFERENCE TOUR: DAMASCUS DAY SEVEN May 7th
  38. 38. Damascus  occupied since the second half of the seventh millennium BC  considered the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world
  39. 39. Umayyad Mosque
  40. 40.  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
  41. 41. John the Baptist Shrine
  42. 42. Tomb of Saladin
  43. 43. House of St. Ananias said to be the house where Ananias baptized Saul (Paul)
  44. 44. The Straight Street (Via Recta)
  45. 45. The Grand Finale: Mount Qassion
  46. 46. Post Conference Accommodations  Dedeman Hotel, Palmyra  Hotel Cham Palace, Damascus
  47. 47. Enjoy your visit …

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