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DAMASCUS nike air max 97 uk , Aug. 17 (Xinhua) -- After a five-year suspension, the Damascus International Fair, the Syrian economy's window to the world, kicked off in Damascus on Thursday evening, with the government sending a message of recovery following a six-year bloody war.

Established in 1954, the fair's last edition was held in 2011 nike air max 98 uk , the first year of the Syrian war. In later years, the fair was suspended because of the battles, particularly those around the fairgrounds in southeastern rim of Damascus.

With the participation of foreign companies from 43 Arab and foreign countries including China, Russia, Iran, France nike air vapormax uk , Britain and Belgium, the 59th edition of the Damascus International Fair started at the fairgrounds near the international airport of Damascus.

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He added that the fair's display space was designated at 74,000 square meters, for over 1 nike air max 2019 uk ,600 participating companies.

During the ten-day event, musical concerts for Arab and Syrian artists will take place daily. Also, economic lectures will take place as well as promotional activities.

The fair showcases all kinds of products, including Syria-assembled cars, electronics, food items nike air max 270 mens uk , and construction gears. Syria-based foreign embassies also have pavilions in the fair.

Experts believe that the fair comes at a time when the political deals for Syria seem near, which pushes the government as well as local and foreign companies to start planning investments.

When the war is over, Syria is expected to be the main attraction of foreign companies, and governments, particularly those interested in the reconstruction process.

Foreign investments will also play a role in shoring up the sluggish economy in Syria, which took a heavy beating during the war.

After six years of war in Syria nike air max 270 womens uk , the country's economy has become crippled with the wide-ranging U.S. and European sanctions against President Bashar al-Assad's government.

The total economic losses so far are calculated at about 226 billion U.S. dollars, according to estimates published by the World Bank last month.

The report found that cumulative GDP losses since the war erupted "have been estimated at 226 billion dollars, about four times the Syrian GDP in 2010."

The effects will be felt for decades, as it would take 10 to 15 years for Syria's per capita GDP to return to pre-war levels.

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