June 24, 2010, - 6:13 pm

BARF: Barack Obama Helps Syria Market Itself as “Post-Dubai” Western Paradise; Homes by Bin Ladin Grp

By Debbie Schlussel

I don’t know about you.  But the last place I’d wanna vacation or have my vacation home is a country that is headquarters to every Islamic terrorist group, a shelter for Nazi war criminals and Olympic massacre terrorists,  a Hezbollah haven that takes its orders from Iran, and a haven for some of the worst human rights abuse in the world.

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But that’s how Syria is marketing itself . . . to Americans.  The country is making itself over as a “Post-Dubai” western paradise.  And to that end, it’s building American-style luxury homes.  Very scary.  Dubai was bad enough.  But Syria makes it look like jolly, cheery Fiji. Behind the homes are United Arab Emirates, Egyptian, and Saudi developers, including none other than the Bin Ladin Group. Oh, and one “tiny” detail: it’s all part of Obama’s and Bashar Assad’s plan to “liberalize” Syria and restore relations, along with Obama’s reinstating of an American ambassador in Damascus. They can build all the American-style homes they want. It’s still terrorist state Syria. And facades and complexes won’t change that.

YAFOUR, Syria—American-style luxury housing and mixed-use estates are springing up like daisies in this desolate valley set against the hills just a few miles from the capital Damascus, the latest manifestation of a Middle East real-estate boom.

The construction is being fed by Persian Gulf investors. While Dubai’s debt woes have halted some of that city-state’s more ambitious dreams at home, Gulf-based property developers are heading to other, lower-profile Middle East markets, like Syria.

At Jasmine Hills, owned by Palmyra Real Estate, a joint venture between United Arab Emirates property developer Belhasa International and Egyptian and Syrian investors, 173 peach-colored villas, clustered around a community center and a gym, are expected to be finished next year.

Down the road in nearby Sabboura lies the Saudi-based Bin Ladin Group’s Palm Village—33 modern villas and a four-star hotel.
And Emivest, a Dubai-based investment and development agency, is building Cordoba, a set of plush apartment buildings.

In Damascus, the U.A.E.’s Emaar Properties PJSC and IGO, an offshore investment and property-development company, are finishing off the $500 million mixed-use Eighth Gate development. An office park of towering buildings, the development is home to the Damascus Securities Exchange.

“Syria is a virgin and growing market,” says George Saba, vice president of the U.A.E.’s Majd al-Futtaim, which is investing $1 billion in a 250-acre, mixed-use retail, commercial and tourist estate in Yafour.

What? Only a virgin market? Who needs one, when you can blow the place up and get 72 of ‘em?

“Now that the Gulf market is saturated, many companies are looking outside,” he said. “Syria has the biggest potential in the region.”

Investors are plowing into Syria amid ambitions by the government of President Bashar al-Assad to liberalize the economy. Damascus also is hoping to benefit from a diplomatic thaw with the West. Washington is preparing to reinstate an ambassador here after several years of tense relations. That is all helping stoke demand for high-end residential homes and office space.

“Washington,” here, means Barack Obama. Yes, Obama is restoring relations with this despotic regime.

Hey, Maybe Brad Pitt and Angie Voight a/k/a Angelina Jolie can buy a home here.  They are frequent visitors to Syria and recently hung out there with their friend, the brutal Assad.  And, they’ve already bought a home in Dubai.

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41 Responses

So what else is new? What did you expect from O-dog….decency?
Didn’t Daddy Assad wipe out an entire town of 60,000 of his citizens when they pissed him off about 2 decades back?

Not Ovenready on June 24, 2010 at 6:26 pm

    Didn’t Daddy Assad wipe out an entire town of 60,000 of his citizens when they pissed him off about 2 decades back?

    Not Ovenready on June 24, 2010 at 6:26 pm

    I think it was more like somewhere between 25,000 and 50,000, but, basically, you’re right.

    Miranda Rose Smith on June 25, 2010 at 2:57 am

Don’t do it!

http://www.smartraveller.gov.au/zw-cgi/view/advice/Syria

pat on June 24, 2010 at 6:28 pm

Syria is a fascist dictatorship. Don’t let the facades fool you – Russians used to call them “pokazuha” – for show. Behind all the building boom and very selective trade with the West, lies the brutal face of a totalitarian state. All the marketing in the world won’t change the Syrian reality.

NormanF on June 24, 2010 at 6:28 pm

May be Carrie Bradshaw and Ferri Buehler will buy a nice place to live. AND STAY THERE.

As goes Israel - so goes the World on June 24, 2010 at 6:33 pm

    The creep on the right looks like Hitler.

    As goes Israel - so goes the World on June 28, 2010 at 12:31 pm

Anyone who vacations in Syria is an idiot.

JeffE on June 24, 2010 at 8:11 pm

When I look Bashar al Assad, I want to grab him by that pencil-neck of his- put him in a headlock- and punch start punching his head. Just a thought…

patrick on June 24, 2010 at 8:18 pm

@patrick on June 24, 2010 at 8:18 pm
…penny for your thoughts :)

anyone stupid enought to vacation in Syria seriously deserves all that’s coming to them…stoning, beheading,…you know, the usual mussie fare

theShadow on June 24, 2010 at 9:18 pm

    Dear Shadow: We’re all stupid when we’re young. Do you think that the American and Western European useful idiots who were seduced by Communism, in the 1930s, and went to Russia to help build Comrade Stalin’s paradise and the part of it they wound up building was the railroad tracks by the Pechora River deserved THAT?

    Miranda Rose Smith on June 25, 2010 at 3:10 am

    anyone stupid enought to vacation in Syria seriously deserves all that’s coming to them…stoning, beheading,…you know, the usual mussie far

    I think you mean “coming to HIM.” AnyONE is SINGULAR.

    Miranda Rose Smith on June 25, 2010 at 3:13 am

      But, Dear Miranda, “him” is sexist and not politically correct. LOL. [sarc] “them” has become the new pronoun of ambiguity. I personally prefer s/he, him/her if one must be inclusive.

      mk750 on June 25, 2010 at 9:38 am

I hope BHO buys a vacation home in syria and stays there after he is thrown out of office. At least there he will be closer to kenya and may finally find the shack that he was born in.

Jarhead on June 24, 2010 at 10:18 pm

    Dear Jarhead: Like him or not, he was born in Hawaii.

    Miranda Rose Smith on June 25, 2010 at 3:03 am

      Obarfa was born in Hawaii as much as King Tut was born in Hawaii, too. Whatcha u smoking young lady?

      Debbie Washington Hts. Girl on June 25, 2010 at 9:30 am

    Dear Jarhead:

    You mean his tent and his pet camel named Rev. Wright?

    Debbie Washington Hts. Girl on June 25, 2010 at 9:34 am

      Debbie Washington Hts. Girl – lol

      I hope he also takes the First Beotch to kenya to live with him and make her live under sharia law. At least then nobody will ever again have to see that permanent scowl she has on her face. Actually, she should start doing that now and have her fashion designers make her one of those stylish fully hooded ghost costumes. A couple of garbage bags would be a good start.

      – somewhere in kenya a village is missing its idiot.

      Jarhead on June 25, 2010 at 12:11 pm

        And we all know that the first Beotch’s attitude of whipping Owimpy and snapping her fingers to get whatever she wants would not go well over in muzzie land.

        Jarhead on June 25, 2010 at 12:22 pm

        Happy Sunday Jarhead…actually would really enjoy finding out how the “First Beatch” of Washington, DC would take it under SharShrieking Law when she is forced to share her girly-man O’Wimpy with 3 other Burka Beatch’s….remember he’s gotta take his turns in the tent each night to keep the lovely ladies happy…Friday he can save for his pet goat. Seriously, has he been impeached yet, his presidency is getting old and worn out. We need a real leader, (and a real American) fun and games are coming to a close.

        Debbie Washington Hts. Girl on June 27, 2010 at 3:24 am

“What? Only a virgin market? Who needs one, when you can blow the place up and get 72 of ‘em?”

…you are on a roll today…that one cracked me up! Again, these people are INSANE! Who the hell dreams of one day buying a dream house in SYRIA?!?

Angela04 on June 24, 2010 at 10:45 pm

Well, most UN countries support Syria, so their inhabitants will go there; the elite in this country supports Syria, so they will to there, and our dumbed down ‘citizens’ who are enthralled by idiocy will go there. I guess it will liberalize Syria the way the American investment in China liberalized China, but of course investment in Syria will open it to Western influence, what ever that is today. I wonder what other terrorists will enrich themselves by this.

Little Al on June 24, 2010 at 10:56 pm

Hey! I have an idea. Let’s all go hiking in Iraq and check out the Iranian border!

pat on June 25, 2010 at 12:18 am

Syria is a beautiful place.

The people and the government are problematic. When the Democrats regained control of Congress, they made no secret of their desire to re-establish relations with Syria.

Debbie reported extensively about the parade of Congressmen (of both parties) who traveled to Syria when the Democrats regained control of Congress.

These things happen from time to time only to be reversed because the Syrians are creepy and icky.

President O’Bama will learn this the HARD way.

There is NO Santa Claus on June 25, 2010 at 12:58 am

First off, LADY Gaga ROCKS:
http://eminemsrevenge.xanga.com/729082838/eminem–clean-and-sober/

And who in their right mind would WANT to go to Syria?

Their main claim to fame is being OCCUPIED by everyone in history..patent LOSERS

EminemsRevenge on June 25, 2010 at 7:21 am

Yes you can change the bread on a shit-sandwich in a muslim country,but it’s still a shit-sandwich….

Chiefscotty24 on June 25, 2010 at 9:39 am

    Several posters have me laughing, but you take the cake.

    Hilarious!

    As goes Israel - so goes the World on June 25, 2010 at 11:59 am

      2 for 1 today at McMohammed’s on the shit-sandwiches! :)

      Chiefscotty24 on June 25, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    …and if you’re the unfortunate soul holding said shit-sandwich, you’re probably going to have to take a big ol’ jethro bite. yum.

    howardroark on June 25, 2010 at 12:26 pm

Hey, let’s get the UN to relocate the Balestinians there as port of the humanitarian aid program. That way, they won’t have to suffer living in anything less than the palatial villas they already occupy. BTW If you think those villas are eye-popping outside, that’s nothing compared to what’s inside.

mk750 on June 25, 2010 at 9:41 am

oops! as “part” not “port” of the humanitarian aid…

mk750 on June 25, 2010 at 9:43 am

forget the posh western development projects in free-wheeling syria… i’m looking to get a time share in exotic north korea. each time share comes with a free “invisible cell phone” developed by the leader himself!

howardroark on June 25, 2010 at 12:23 pm

HAHAH here we go again, Debbie Shittsell :).

Syria is a wonderful wonderful country & you’re so jealous that this country has more history & culture & heritage than your america will ever have! ha ha ha

z on June 26, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    excellent point, z!

    america cannot hold a candle to syria and it’s a terrible shame that ALL MUSLIMS IN THE USA don’t leave this dumpy country immediately for the cultural bliss that is syria!

    please… PLEASE… PUH-LEEZE muslims leave the USA today… right now! how can you stand being here another second when you could be in islamic paradise in wonderful, scenic syria.

    buh-bye! bon voyage! please sned me a postcard from syria… ** single tear ** i’m sure gonna miss you guys : (

    howardroark on June 26, 2010 at 2:41 pm

Haha did I say anything about the living standard of Syria, howardroark?!

Syria is currently at war with israel & american imperialism. What do you expect the living standard to be. Because Syria , unlike Israhell, doesn’t rob american taxpayers’ money to build her country ;).

By the way, Syria is secular & I’m a christian ;).

z on June 26, 2010 at 4:50 pm

my references to syria were all regaridng it’s great cultural heritage… standard of living means nothing when you’ve got that, right? wasn’t that your original point to debbie, syria’s cultural heritage trumped the USA?

yes, secular syria and secular turkey ** wink, wink **.

how does a country wage war against “american imperialism”, but not the country itself? look forward to your nonsensical reply to that one. btw – do you know the definition of imperialism? check the dictionary… check the historical / current track record of how america deals with the rest of the world, and if you’re intellectually honest, you’ll find the statement that the US is imperialistic, absurd in face of the facts. i’ll spell this out in more detail to you after you respond with your leftist / islamist bullshit.

lastly, you may indeed be a christian, but my references to muslims leaving this GREAT COUNTRY still stand, sans you.

howardroark on June 26, 2010 at 6:08 pm

Minor point: it seems that Assad got a chin implant to make himself look tougher.

skzion on June 27, 2010 at 1:54 pm

“z” isn’t Christian. Musselmen always lie.

skzion on June 27, 2010 at 1:57 pm

z sez:

“Syria is a wonderful wonderful country & you’re so jealous that this country has more history & culture & heritage than your america will ever have! ha ha ha”

One problem with Moslems breeding like rabbits is that we have to deal with their multitudinous offspring on blogs. In fact, Moslem Syria is unimportant, in terms of history, culture, etc. It is absurd for this bunch of animals to lay claim to achievements produced by a superior culture.

skzion on June 27, 2010 at 2:02 pm

Oy,bama

One term too many…

RG on June 29, 2010 at 12:30 am

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