Communications in Syria

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Official Language
Other Languages Spoken
Kurdish (spoken in the north and north east), Armenian (mainly in Aleppo), Turkish (east of the Euphrates) and Aramaic (biblical language spoken north of Damascus). French is spoken rarely, English prevails in large cities.
Business Language
Arabic, French and English.
Getting Some Knowledge
Hello : Salam Ailikoum ou Marhaba (plus familier) ou  Sabah el kheir

Good Evening : Masa el kheir

Good Night : Tisbahu al khayr

Bye/See you later: Maa Salama

Bon appétit : Sahten   Response: Aala albek

Please : iza bitrid

Thank You : shukran/islamou

How are you ? : kifak ?

I'm fine : mnih/tamam

I don't want anything : Ma biddi chi

What's your name? : chou ismak ?

It's very hot : fi choub ktir

It's expensive: ghali

Yes: Naam

No: La

Free Translation Tools
Arjeeb : Free English-Arabic-English translation of texts and web pages
Ectaco : Free Arabic-English-Arabic dictionary

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Telephone Codes
To Make a Call From Syria, Dial 00 or +
To Make a Call to in Syria, Dial +963
Number of Digits of National Telephone Numbers
Mobile Telephone Standards
There are three public GSM 900 networks in Syria which operate on the basis of a BOT (Build-Operate-Transfer) contract for 7 years. But there is not a roaming contract open, which means that  there is no service offered by mobile phone operators to allow access to their services from abroad.
National Mobile Phone Operators
MTN Syria, Syrian Telecommunication Est (Mobile Syria) and Syriatel

Availability of Internet

Internet Suffix
National Internet Access Providers
 Syrian Computer Society is the second internet provider along with STE (Syrian Telecom). The third provider is foreign: Best Italia Holding.
Access in Public Places
In 2008, the census registered 1.5 million Internet users in Syria. It is difficult to make a real estimation since most of the people go to cyber cafes (which are wide-spread and at a cheap price).

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