August 22, 2019
Damascene Brocade.

The beauty of Queen Elizabeth’s brocade wedding veil from Damascus

In 1947, the British Royal Palace requested brocade for the royal wedding dress. Syria sent a piece, its pattern ‘The Birds of Paradise’ later become known as 'The Queens' pattern'.
August 12, 2019
Mount Qasioun.

The Mountain of the 40 Prophets

I lived at the foot of Mount Qasioun, in the basin of middle-class oblivion. I often sat on my balcony and contemplated how beautiful it looked.
February 18, 2017
Composite image: Beach at sunset with overlaid flowers

Love in a strange land

The UK was very different from Syria – 800 degrees different. When I was in Damascus, I didn't really consider myself living any more.
September 19, 2015
Heart and key silhouetted against sunset

The Keys To My Home

I used to complain about my father’s repeated requests that I take my key with me every time I wanted to go out.
July 3, 2015
Girl in headscarf on bicycle

Bicycle Love

Before I had my bike, “Wings”, I used to get around Damascus on foot. But then I decided to speed things up.
June 21, 2015
Hakawati storyteller with book

Flashbacks From Damascus

I miss everything about Damascus, down to the smallest details.
April 14, 2015
Street scene with people and taxis

A Soul to Remember

28 November 2010. That was the day I packed my bags, said goodbye to my city and headed for Damascus.
March 26, 2015
Bicycle leaning against railings in Damascus

My Bicycle

My bicycle is my saviour. It offers pleasure, vitality. It has given me self assurance.
January 5, 2015
Composite of signs from Damascus buildings

Thursday, 9 o’clock

Old Damascus. It’s the heart of the city, and in the heart of everyone who has visited it. It is