July 4, 2015

1715 SYRIA - Four Seasons Hotel in Damascus

I haven't lived in a war zone, and I hope to not ever live, how many days I will have. I have known war only in books, on television or in films, be they documentaries or movies. That's why I never understood how Russians could work in factories in besieged Leningrad, how the Vietnamese peasants could sow year after year the fields, although the crops were consistently destroyed, or how the Bosniacs crossed the Sniper Alley in Sarajevo in order to buy bread, even if they were about to receive a bullet in the head. No, I refer not to the fear, but to the apparent futility of such acts in such a context. How can people to continue to live their lives in an almost normal way, when around is hell?

For more than four years in Syria is a civil war, in which were killed probably more then 300,000 people. More than 6.5 million Syrians have been displaced, almost 4 million have fled the country, and millions more have been left in poor living conditions with shortages of food and drinking water. Damascus is one of the cities hardest tested. Nevertheless, the Four Seasons Hotel Damascus, a five-star hotel located in the central district of the city, on Shukri Al Quatli Street, is intact and it functions. Financed by the Saudi prince Al-Waleed bin Talal, the hotel was opened in 2005.

It is part of the Toronto-based Four Seasons luxury hotels and resorts. Four Seasons Hotels, Inc. operates a hotel chain's with 98 properties worldwide. The company has been named one of the "100 Best Companies to Work For" by Fortune every year since the survey's inception in 1998, and is lauded for having one of the lowest turnover rates in the industry. This hotel houses the Al Halabi restaurant, which features the Aleppo cuisine of northern Syria. On the window can be seen one of the more than 2,000 mosques in Damascus.

About the stamps

The first stamp, depicting Damascene Sword, was issued in 2014.

The second stamp was released in 2013 to commemorate World Post Day.

The last stamp was issued in 2013 to commemorate Mother's Day.

Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts - Wikipedia

Sender: Binod
Sent from Damascus (Syris), on 26.05.2015

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