WORLD TRADE CENTER ALEPPO
Once known as the centre of the Islamic Empire, Syria had many rulers the final one being France of which Syria gained its independence in 1946. It is a country of fertile plains, high mountains and deserts. It is home to diverse ethnic and religious groups, including Kurds, Armenians, Assyrians, Christians, Druze, Alawite Shias and Arab Sunnis, the last make up a majority of the Muslim population.
Official name: The Syrian Arab Republic
Syria’s natural resources are petroleum, phosphates, chrome and manganese ores, asphalt, iron ore, rock salt, marble, gypsum as well as hydropower. Syria produces roughly 401,000 bbl of oil/day and exports about 263,000 bbl of oil/day as estimated during 2009.
GDP: $107.6 billion (2011 est.)
GDP by Sector: Agriculture: 16.9%, industry: 27.4%, services: 55.7% (2011 est.)
Exports: $12.66 billion (2011 est.)
Main Exports: Crude oil, minerals, petroleum products, fruits and vegetables, cotton, fiber, textiles, clothing, meat and live animals as well as wheat.
Imports: $13.81 billion (2011 est.)
Main Imports: Machinery and transport equipment, electric power machinery, food and livestock, metal and metal products, chemicals and chemical products, plastics, yarn, paper
World Trade Centers Holdings Cyprus holds the license for Aleppo, which is the largest city in Syria. It is also one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world and it has been inhabited since perhaps as early as the 6th millennium BC. Aleppo is unique because of its blend of Ottoman, Armenian, Jewish and French influences, owing to its historic position at the crossroads of empires.