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Syriatel posted an increase of 16.8 percent in its 2008 revenues, according to the company’s audited financial statements.

Income of the two Syrian mobile phone operators rose to SYP 33.41 billion during the first half of this year, according to the unaudited mid-year statements of the companies.

Nader Qalei, who has held the position of general manager of Syriatel since the establishment of the company, has quit his post.

American citizens and firms have been banned from dealing with Syria’s largest private corporation, Syriatel, following a decision by the US Treasury.
Al Mashrek Fund has announced a huge increase in both profits and assets in 2007.

Syriatel has issued a statement following reports that Mr Rami Makhlouf, its largest shareholder, had said that he was not planning to sell his stake in the company.

Rami Makhlouf, Syriatel’s largest shareholder, denied that he had any intention of selling his shares in the company.

Cham Holding and Souria Holding, Syria’s two largest holding firms have published their balance sheets for the end of 2007.
George W. Bush announced on May 7 that he was extending economic sanctions against Syria for another year.

Byblos Bank Syria (BSS) has announced an improvement in all its key financial indicators in 2007.



Gulfsands Petroleum has announced that two of its key executives, including Chief Executive John Dorrier, were resigning from the board and that it was relocating its principal office to London.


The total turnover of Syriatel Telecom stood at SYP 39.39 billion (USD 820.7 million) in 2007, according to the audited statements of the company.

The International Group for the Development of Education (IGDE) announced after-tax profits of SYP 15.3 million in 2007.

The Syrian Parliament has passed a law establishing Pearl Aviation, Syria’s first private airline company.


Zein, Kuwait’s largest mobile telecoms operator has announced that it was bidding for a majority stake in Syriatel.


Emaar, the UAE real estate developer, has established a USD 100 million joint-venture with Cham Holding, Syria’s largest holding firm.


The US Treasury has announced that it was taking sanctions against Rami Makhlouf, Syria’s most important businessman and a maternal cousin to the President.


Syrian Islamic Insurance Company (SIIC), the third Takaful insurance firm to be licensed in Syria, held its founding assembly general on January 29.


The Syrian Government has granted a license to establish the first private airline company in Syria to operate scheduled flights.


Gulfsands Energy has announced that it had successfully completed the drilling, logging and testing of the Khurbet East-3 field.


The Syrian Islamic Insurance Company, a takaful insurance firm, has become the third Islamic and the twelfth private insurance firm to receive a license to operate in the Syrian market.

Rami Makhlouf, one of Syria’s most prominent businessman is selling Syriatel, the country’s largest GSM operator.

Syriatel, Syria’s largest private corporation, is about to be sold by its main shareholder, Mr Rami Makhlouf.


Al Mashrek Fund, a holding firm owned by Mr Rami Makhlouf and the main shareholder of Cham Holding, has published its establishment budget.


Gulfsands Petroleum has announced that it has entered into a strategic partnership with Cham Holding to develop together oil and gas projects in Syria and potentially Iraq.


Gulfsands Energy has announced that it will extend exploration works in Block 26 after the end of the initial phase of its production sharing contract (PSC).


Cham Holding’s first venture, a restaurant and café compound, opened in Lattakia on July 7.


Rami Makhlouf and Nizar Assaad, two of Syria’s most prominent businessmen, are investing together USD 23.2 million in an independent UK-based oil company with operations in Syria.


Orascom Construction Industries (OCI) is launching a 2 million ton cement plant in joint-venture with MAS, a local trading and industrial group


Cham Holding, the largest private consortium of Syrian businessmen held its founding General Assembly meeting and elected its board of directors on April 29

The Kahale Group has emerged recently as one of the most important local investors in the real estate sector in Syria

The number of subscribers to the two GSM networks in Syria will exceed the number of landline subscribers this year for the first time ever.


A number of Syrian investors have won together the contracts to develop several key real estate and transport projects including the Hijaz Station estate in central Damascus.


A number of prominent Syrian businessmen have announced the launch of a new cement manufacturing plant.


The turnover of Syriatel, the largest of Syria’s two mobile phone network operators, grew 31.5 percent in 2005 to reach SYP 25.5 billion (USD 510 million) from SYP 19.39 billion in 2004.


Byblos Bank Syria will celebrate its launch in Syria in an official ceremony to be held on June 19th, six months after it actually began its operations.

Five key opposition figures imprisoned following the ‘Damascus Spring’ pro-democracy movement that began after Syrian President Assad took power in 2000, were released from prison on January 18.

The past fortnight has seen a sustained effort on the part of the Syrian regime to mobilise domestic support in the lead up to the second UN report into the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.

Whether it is pure propaganda aimed at further pressuring the Syrian regime or true facts in the face of escalating tension between Syria and the US, American sources were quoted last week as reporting a massive flight of capital from Syria to banks in...
The government’s predicament over the Mehlis inquiry, a process which on the one hand it says it supports while on the other it discredits as being “politicised”, manifested itself on the streets of Damascus in the third week of October in a series of unconvincing state-organised rallies against the UN findings.

Thousands of Syrian troops leave Lebanon amid unprecedented street demonstrations both sides of the border.

Adnan Suleiman, head of Syria's General Free Trade Zones authority has announced that 13 new Duty Free Markets will be built throughout Syria's border posts.
An investment fund with a capital of SYP 4 billion (USD 77 million) has been licensed under Investment Law N°10.
The Syrian mobile phone operator has purchased a USD 290 million, 15-year license to operate a GSM network in Pakistan.

By Samir Aita*

In the last weeks, two major events have provided a new shape to the Syrian business world and to Syria's position in the regional and international environments: the award of a major gas contract to a consortium involving Canadian and US companies, and the award to Syriatel, one of Syria's two mobile phone operators, of a GSM license in Pakistan, the country most concerned by the American "Greater Middle East" initiative.

A number of new duty free markets (DFMs) are expected to be set up on Syria's borders, according to a story from Zone News an Arabic news portal, after licenses in that sense have been provided to unnamed Syrian private investors.

The rift between the two partners of the mobile phone operator Syriatel seems to be nearing its end after the Syrian court handling the case ordered Egypt's Orascom Telecom (OT) to hand over the 720,000 shares it owns in the operator, at an estimated c...


According to a statement from Egypt's Orascom Telecom (OT), reported by AFP, the company has obtained a freeze on the assets of Drex, its Syrian partner in the mobile phone operator SyriaTel.