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Gay Guide Syria
Section 520 of the penal code criminalizes "bodily lust against the laws of nature" which according to Islamic law includes homosexuality; the meaning of this paragraph in recent years has been restricted to sex with minors. Homosexual relations are still socially outlawed and incompatible with the Islamic religion. Most Syrian homosexuals lead double lives. Syria is a secular state, so the power of the religious leaders is constrained. Gays that live a quiet life in Syria are generally ignored by the authorities. It's no problem for a tourist to invite a Syrian to your hotel room, and unlike in other countries in the region, bribes are not the rule. The formerly stable political situation has been shaken up by the 2011 „Arab spring“. President Assad and his Ba‘ath Party are faced with mass protests. What the outcome will be is hard to tell, which means that taking the volatile situation into account when planning to visit the country is urgently recommended. The gay scene is subtle and keeps a low profile. No gay bars or rainbow flags. Eye contact is the name of the game. As opposed to the situation in many other Arab countries, sex is rarely for money. In Syria "the walls have ears" - so enjoy the sites of the country while not "looking for trouble." You should definitely go to Syria in order to immerse yourself in a world completely unlike your own, to enjoy the renowned sites of a country that has not as yet become an over travelled souvenir-ridden tourist trap. Syria is considered to be the cradle of civilization. A small country packed with monuments, antiquities, archaeological sites, mosques, churches, synagogues, and the famous dead cities in the north that call out the glorious history of ancient nations. Syria has been a meeting point between eastern and western civilizations. To the good luck of the tourist, Syria is still one of those well kept secrets with an abundance of beautiful and fascinating sites. Foreign visitors are treated with warm hospitality and friendliness.
Cities in Syria
Name: al Dschumhuriya al-Arabiya as-Suriya · Arabische Republik Syrien · Syrian Arab Republic · Syrie · Siria
Location: Middle East
International country code: 963 (omit 0 from area code)
International access code: 00
Area: 185,180 km² / 71,498 sq mi.
Currency: 1 Syrian Pound (syr£) = 100 Piaster
Capital: Damascus (Dimashq)
Religions: 87% Muslim, 10% Christian
Climate: Syria has a 175km long coastline. Lanscape is mostly deser. Hot, dry, sunny summers (June to August) and mild, rainy winters (December to February) along coast; cold weather with snow or sleet periodically in Damascus.