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Medhat Pasha Market... the fragrance of history and the host of oriental handicrafts

Medhat Pasha Market is located in the heart of Old Damascus. It is parallel to the famous Hamidiyeh Market and almost competes with it in its fame. It has historical and religious importance as it includes a number of religious sites, the most important of which is the Church of Paul the Prophet.

Medhat Pasha Market embraces a group of the oldest and most ancient shops in Damascus, where clothing, fabrics and curtains stores are lined up on both sides. Other markets such as the silk market, Al-bzouriyya, tailors market , and wool market  branch out from its alleys.

It is overcrowded, as it provides, with the other surrounding markets, all the supplies that a  visitor might need.

Abu Saleh said that market's commodities include distinctive textile products, such as silk fabrics, men's gowns, kufiyahs, bed sheets, brocade, towels, and curtains, in addition to coffee shops, nuts, grains, Arab ghee, oils, spices and herb shops, as well as shops for making and selling copper and mosaic handcrafts, and the famous Eastern Damascene artifacts.

The market, which is known for its commodities, is also famous for its merchants who are proficient in displaying and selling their products.

Ibrahim Al-Jarrah (a clothes salesman ) explained that every profession has its own nature and that the merchant must be smooth and flexible with customers and talk about his product in a brief and pleasant way.

He indicated that the presence of a large number of merchants within the market creates intense competition, especially during the holidays, which leads to the rise of different and creative promotional methods.

Rami Sasilah (a cloth  merchant ) explained that customers often visit specific stores because of previous experience, pointing out that selling goods under the current circumstances and rising prices is not an easy task.

The smile, honeyed words , and the lack of arrogance and boldness.... With these words, Anwar al-Shami, who has been working in the market for 40 years, summarized the concept of promotion. He stressed that the reputation of the merchant affects the reputation of his goods, as it is one of the main factors that attract people to some stores and not others.

Muhammad Al-Halabi (Abu Nabil) relies in promoting his goods on displaying it in a way that attracts customers into the store. He says, "The seller must be frank and not hide the defects of the offered products, as each product has specifications that determine its price".

In turn, Akram Ashlan, a textile merchant, confirmed that his own method of promoting his various fabrics is to display them in consistent colors that affect the customer and make him attracted to the store in a spontaneous way in addition to making offers and discounts in light of the high prices of most products.

Many people  asserted that the sellers' manner of speaking and the way they received them when entering the store played an important role in convincing them to buy the commodity in addition to the multiple options and the reasonable prices compared to other markets.

Amal Farhat

"Al-Yasmin wal-Seindian" Festival Kicks off in Aleppo

 Aleppo, (ST) -   With the participation of 100 entrepreneurs, the Jasmine and Oak Festival, organized by women entrepreneurs, was recently launched in the Aleppo Chamber of Commerce at the Sheraton Hotel.

The participants displayed their products, which included textile and wool handicrafts, embroideries, ornamental accessories and silver jewelry

Ready-made clothes, furnishings, pottery and copper products, carpets, soap, in addition to Aleppian thyme, foods and sweets that reflect the creativity of the Aleppian woman and the skill of the city's artisans.

 Gina Mufti, a member of the business entrepreneurs of the Aleppo Chamber of Commerce, explained in a statement to SANA that the festival is an important opportunity for entrepreneurs to market their products and handicrafts over a four-day festival.

Damascene wooden Mosaic ... Art of Creativity

The Damascene wood mosaic is one of the oldest , most distinguished traditional handicrafts in Damascus, giving its houses a unique beauty and earning  popularity among Syrians and tourists alike.  

Syrian craftsmen have excelled in this craft , and a lot of palaces and the old Damascene houses prove their creativity . The word “mosaic” is originally Greek , it means the gods of art and beauty.

Professional reconstruction of Al-Sroujieh historical Souk to preserve its heritage features

Souk Al-Sroujieh is one of the oldest and the most important markets in Damascus. It was the only market of the old city of Damascus, which was built outside the wall near Al-Hamidiyeh market in the center of Damascus and close to the walls of its castle. It still preserves its Mamluk architectural style without any modifications in terms of the arches above the shops, the high windows and semicircular balconies. The roof of the market was made of zinc, which protected merchants and customers from the summer heat and from the winter cold and rain. The market enjoys  architectural harmony that draws the visitor and indicates to the ancient heritage of the city of Damascus and the role of its people and industrialists  in construction and development.

Symposium on attempts of neo liberalism to control Arab art and culture

Neo liberal attempts to control Arab art and culture and abolish the culture of resistance and confront Zionism in the region were the axes of the symposium held by the Arab Cultural Center in Mezza on Wednesday 3rd of March.

During his participation in the symposium, researcher Fadil Abdullah highlighted the importance of resistance writers and their impact on Arab culture, especially those who were assassinated by Zionism such as Kamal Khair Bek, Ghassan Kanafani, Majid Abu Sharar and Kamal Nasser after they posed a danger in educating the Arab generation and promoting militant ideology in them.