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Latakia or Latakiyah (Arabic: اللَاذِقِيَّة Al-Ladhiqiyah) is Syria's main port city. The city was founded in the 4th century BC by the Seleucid empire.
The American Quarter is where you can find lots of western style restaurants: pizza parlours, diners, bbq chicken, etc. If you're tired of hummus and falafel, this neighborhood is where you'll want to go to convince yourself that only your mother can really cook your type of food.
Bassel Al-Assad International Airport (LTK) offers a few direct (international) links.
Air Arabia flies to Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates, Jazeera Airways flies to Kuwait, Sama Airlines to Riyadh and Jeddah, and Syrian Air to Damascus and Cairo.
Train lines connect Latakia with the rest of the rail network in Syria. Direct trains go to and from Aleppo, taking around 4 hours one way.
A system of small minibuses can take you around town.
See also International Telephone Calls
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