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This decree passed in 2012 regulates the reclamation of agricultural land and its redistribution to new beneficiaries.


This law is a key part of the legal corpus dedicated to the real estate sector that the Syrian government has been developing in the past few years.


The Syrian government is continuing its policy of granting economic benefits to Syrian military personal, including several measures that were passed recently and that may partly be a response to growing discontent among loyalist segments of the population.


The Syrian government assessed last week the progress of the working group tasked with producing a reconstruction programme for Syria.


European sanctions inflicted last week on several Syrian investors and companies are disrupting more than expected their business activity.


For the first time, the European Union has put sanctions on the business elite that has emerged from the Syrian war as well as on its most symbolic investment project.


As expected, the contract for the development of the Yalbugha real estate compound in central Damascus has been awarded to Wassim Qattan, 45 years after works on the project started.


The EU General Court has upheld the blacklisting of Makhlouf family members and of Syriatel, one of Syria’s largest private sector companies and property of Rami Makhlouf.


Syria’s steel industry is struggling to increase production as demand remains low and limited construction works take place in the country.


This text enables the government to seize the assets, including real estate property, of individuals accused of crimes gainst the state's security, i.e. who fall under the Counterterrorism Law of 2012.


This law amends Law No. 10 of 2018 on the establishment of development zones in administrative units.


Syriatel has received the initial approval to list its shares on the Damascus Securities Exchange.


Law No. 3 of 2018
The removal of the rubble of buildings subject to laws requiring their demolition

The President of the Republic
In accordance with the provisions of the Constitution,
Promulgates the following:

Article 1
The following expressions and words, wherever they appear in this law, have the following meanings:


This law considers null the registration of property rights in areas outside regime control.


This law is supposed to answer to the challenge posed by the large number of land and real estate property documents that were lost or damaged during the conflict.


This legislative decree was initially part of a set of legal texts that contributed to the liberalization of the banking sector.


This law, which establishes a counter-terrorism court, dates back to around a year after the beginning of the Syrian uprising.


Syria and Crimea have signed several economic and trade agreements, highlighting the role of the peninsula in the Syrian-Russian relation.


The English transcript of the speech of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad on Army Day on August 01, 2018.


Syria’s PM, Imad Khamis, visited last week the two coastal provinces of Tartous and Lattakia where he inaugurated a host of projects including the first government project or building to be named after Bashar Al-Assad.


The half year results posted by Syria’s two mobile phone companies confirm the growing gap between them as Rami Makhlouf’s Syriatel now holds more than two thirds of the market.


The Ministry of Transport has issued the new regulations pertaining to the licensing of airlines, which seem designed to protect existing companies, including Cham Wings.


Home owners in the mostly loyalist Damascus suburb of Adra Al-Omalia will have to pay 40 percent of the reconstruction cost of their properties, according to a government official.


A new hotel property is set to open in Lattakia, which is among the rare parts of the country still hosting some investment in the tourism industry.


Cham Wings has launched a new service to Amman which highlights the warming of the relations between the two countries.


Syria’s last surviving classified weekly is reportedly closing as it falls victim of a decline in the advertising market, a switch to online media and a dispute between its owners.


Updated on July 26, 2018 (see bottom of article): Two cargo ships transporting wheat from Crimea to Syria have been delisted from registries, while a Makhlouf-related businessman has been removed from the EU sanctions list.


The Ministry of Tourism has granted a license for the management of a boutique hotel in central Damascus to a UAE company.


According to a local media, a Spanish company is considering supplying a photovoltaic power station in Syria, a very rare example of western interest in the Syrian economy.


The text of the interview of Bashar Al-Assad by Russian NTV Channel in Damascus on Sunday June 24, 2018.


The text of the interview of Bashar Al-Assad by Iran's Al-Alam TV in Damascus on June 13, 2018.


The text of the interview of Bashar Al-Assad by Britain’s Mail on Sunday, in Damascus on June 10, 2018.


The Media Law issued in 2011, a few months after the beginning of the uprising, is the main legal framework for the licensing and operations of all forms of media in Syria.


This law regulations the promotion of, and subscription in, real estate projects licensed under the Real Estate Development and Investment Law (Law No. 15 of 2008).


The text of the law regulating military conscription including its amendments.


A decree granting citizenship to dozens of foreigners, including prominent Syrian investors, has created an uproar in Lebanon.


The Syrian government is increasing the pay of its soldiers by 30 percent.


The Syrian regime is clamping down on Ayman Jaber, one of Syria’s most prominent warlords and a long-time business partner of the Assad family.


In this 2,200-word factsheet we provide a profile of Marota City, the most controversial investment project in Syria.


The text of the interview of Bashar Al-Assad by Russia Today, in Damascus on May 31, 2018.

The transcript is by SANA, the state's news agency.

Journalist: Mr. President, thank you very much for agreeing to do this interview. It’s a pleasure to be here in Damascus.

President Assad: You’re most welcome in Syria.


Cham Wings has announced that it will start flying to Moscow from next month.


Statements, as published by the Russian Presidency, by Vladimir Putin and Bashar Al-Assad following the meeting in Sochi on May 17, 2018.


Statements by Vladimir Putin and Bashar Al-Assad at the beginning of their meeting in Sochi on May 17, 2018, as published by the Russian Presidency.


Rami Makhlouf has reportedly obtained a license to open a microfinance bank in Syria.


The text of the interview of Bashar Al-Assad by Kathimerini, a Greek daily, in Damascus on May 10, 2018.