"WHERE THE AL-JAZIRAH BEGIN" Dayr az Zawr by al.ladin

Dayr az Zawr Travel Guide: 5 reviews and 100 photos

East of Syria

Dayr az Zawr or - I prefer Deir Ez-Zor is a gate to the country Al-jazirah (= island in Arabic) between the Euphrates River and the Tigris River.
Locals and Iraqi people behind the border have common accent of Arabic, different from Damascus.
The town Deir Ez-Zor on the right bank of the Euphrates River is a business centrum of eastern Syria. The main thing here is the river. Almost all towns and historic sites here are situated along the Euphrates River, Al Furat for locals.
My first experience after we left a taxi was oriental chaos in the main market street with dirty pavement, meet on hooks outside the shops, lots of smells and busy people.
One day after you will get used to and you will start to love streets without tourist groups just few backpackers sometimes. There are not special monuments to see in the town, but the view of the river and is good enough to spent a few or more days here.
Many historical sites are round the town, down or up the river. Down the river to the Iraqi border you can easy reach by microbus ruins of cities Doura Europos or Mari. Mari is about 30 km far from the border. So don’t forget to get out the bus.
In the middle of the way to Doura Europos is a village Al-Mayadin. Before you approach the village, notice a citadel about 5 km on the right side. You can drop the bus and visit the castle Qala’at ar-Rahba.

Nice page about sites along the Euphrates River is maykal's Dayr az Zawr Travelogue.
no ratings but good!

Roofs of the Souq

Large market is located in the middle of town close to Al-arabi Al-kabir hotel.

Main square

Main square with a statue of ex-president Hafez al-Assad.

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  • Last visit to Dayr az Zawr: Apr 2005
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  • fabrice's Profile Photo
    Nov 25, 2009 at 1:17 AM

    the eastern part of Syria is very special , close to iraq, the assyrian and the kurd region

  • js77's Profile Photo
    Jun 17, 2007 at 9:17 AM

    Nice page! Deir-ez Zur really looks like Off the Beaten Path destination. And special thanks for your info on Qualaat ar-Rahba Castle - there is no information about this place in Lonely Planet Syria & Lebanon guide book except its location on the map.

  • triplehelix's Profile Photo
    Sep 16, 2006 at 9:04 PM

    fascinating place in the east of syria! its a road less traveled and i'd like to make it here.

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