Information & Facts
Souq al-Hamidiyeh, next to the Umayyad mosque.
Arabic is the official, and most widely spoken, language.
English is widely understood by many educated Syrians in the major
The official currency is the Syrian pound (SYP), which is
divided into 100 piastres. There are a few ATMs in the bigger
towns, but not all cards are accepted. Credit cards are not widely
used, but American Express and Diners Club are the most readily
accepted. Travellers cheques are not accepted in most banks, and
those that do require lengthy and complicated processes.
Local time is GMT +2 (GMT +3 from April to October).