Rami Makhlouf (229)

24-07-2019

The award of a contract by the Ministry of Petroleum to a Lebanese company to refine petroleum residues has caused controversy in Damascus.

24-07-2019

The Ministry of Tourism has announced that after seven years of suspension works have restarted on the Yasmeen Rotana Hotel owned by Rami Makhlouf.

22-05-2019

The list below includes the names of all the individuals that have been blacklisted by the European Union since the beginning of the Syrian uprising in March 2011.

22-05-2019

The list below includes the names of all the Syrian entities that have been blacklisted by the European Union since the beginning of the uprising in March 2011.

22-05-2019

The European Union has renewed for one year its set of sanctions on Syria and delisted several individuals and entities.

15-05-2019

The United States has renewed for one more year the sanctions it has been imposing on Syria from before the popular uprising.

14-05-2019

Three investment banks captured three quarters of the small Syrian brokerage market for stocks last year.

10-04-2019

A very rare public spat has highlighted tensions between Samer Foz and Rami Makhlouf, Syria’s two most powerful business cronies.

03-04-2019

Noor Microfinance, Rami Makhlouf’s latest venture, is set to start its operations.

26-03-2019

The minister of tourism has estimated the losses of the sector since 2011 at some USD 50 billion.

12-03-2019

A new attempt by Rami Makhlouf to cancel EU sanctions against his companies has failed.

30-01-2019

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

22-01-2019

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.

08-01-2019

Airline traffic to Damascus is likely to increase in the next weeks and months as Gulf countries rebuild ties with the Syrian government.

24-12-2018

Several companies from the UAE are looking again at the Syrian market and sending delegations to Damascus.

18-12-2018

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.

11-12-2018

Samer Foz, Syria’s most prominent businessman in past years, has expanded his business activities by buying a significant stake in the country’s largest private sector bank.

06-11-2018

UPDATED on November 06, 2018 at 7:41 pm GMT - A new lobby of Syrian businessmen, grouping mostly investors based abroad that have kept ties with the Syrian regime, has been formed.

22-10-2018

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

11-10-2018

In this 2,200-word factsheet we provide a profile of the Syrian cement sector.

09-10-2018

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.

04-09-2018

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.

21-08-2018

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

24-07-2018

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.

03-07-2018

Nader Qalei, one of Syria’s most influential businessmen, is charged with violating economic sanctions imposed by Canada, the country where he resides, a Canadian outlet has reported.

03-07-2018

The Syrian government is trying to lure back Syrian investors based in Egypt, a year after a similar attempt largely failed.

03-07-2018

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

19-06-2018

Rami Makhlouf has failed in an appeal to lift EU sanctions imposed on him in 2011.

12-06-2018

Syrianair and Cham Wings have entered into a codeshare agreement on their flights to Moscow, the first such type of deals involving Syrian airlines.

05-06-2018

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.

01-06-2018

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

22-05-2018

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

15-05-2018

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

01-05-2018

The Ministry of Transport has issued new procedures for the licensing of airlines, which could already remove a player from the market.

19-04-2018

In this 2,300-word factsheet we provide a profile of Samer Foz, who in the space of the past two years has risen to become Syria’s most powerful investor.

17-04-2018

Since it was established in 2016 to develop the Marota City development, Damascus Cham has established various joint ventures with private investors. Here is their list.

10-04-2018

Samer Foz is continuing to expand the scope of his activities as he sets-up a private airline and becomes the agent of a global commercial vehicles manufacturer.

10-04-2018

A British petroleum company has confirmed that oil continues to be extracted from its fields in northern Syria despite western sanctions.

27-03-2018

Rami Makhlouf is now involved in the controversial Marota City real estate development in the Mazzeh District of Damascus.

20-03-2018

Damascus’ landmark Four Seasons Hotel is now the property of one of the country’s most powerful businessmen.

19-03-2018

The Syrian financial markets regulator has revoked the license of several investment banks, some of them regional institutions, which had already suspended their operations in Syria or never started them.

20-02-2018

Syriatel and MTN-Syria have announced a new increase in their revenues last year as they continue to be important contributors to the government’s finances.

20-02-2018

AbdulRahman Al-Attar, one of the most prominent business figures of the Assad era, both father and son, passed away last week at the age of 80.

23-01-2018

Egyptian President AbdulFattah Al-Sisi inaugurated last week near Cairo a large textile plant by one of Syria’s most prominent industrialists, who looks set never to return to his home country.

09-01-2018

A Syrian businessman, little heard of until recently, has signed two contracts worth hundreds of millions of dollars to participate in the development of the controversial Basatin Al-Razi project.

21-11-2017

Samer Foz has been granted the right to develop real estate properties worth hundreds of millions of dollars in the Basatin Al-Razi project in Damascus.

14-11-2017

Rami Makhlouf established earlier this year yet another company to invest in the Syrian real estate sector.