The Syrian Arab Republic, popularly called Syria, is a Western Asian country. It shares borders with Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq, Turkey, Israel, and the Mediterranean Sea to the west. Syria boasts a diverse collection of religious and ethnic groups, including Syrian Arabs, Kurds, Turkmens, Assyrians, and many others.
UNESCO world heritage sites in Syria include the Ancient City of Aleppo, the Ancient City of Damascus (identified as one of the oldest inhabited cities in the new world as well as a cultural center in the Arab world), the Ancient City of Bosra, the Ancient Villages of Northern Syria, the Crac Des Chevaliers And Qal’at Salah El-Din, Site of Palmyra.
Syrian cuisine is a combination of various cooking styles due to the various subjugations by the Persians, Turks, and Arabs. Must-try Syrian dishes are the Baklava, the Mahshi, the Kibbeh Bil Sanieh(national dish and one of the essential traditional meals cooked in Syria), the Muhammara, the Awameh dessert, and many delicious more. A popular Syrian beverage made from dried apricot paste called Qamar al-din is quite popular in the region especially in the Ramadan period. Others include tea, coffee, Zouhourat (hibiscus flower tea), Mate and Arak (alcoholic).