Damascus International Fair

The Damascus International Fair is an annual commercial exhibition event, taking place in Damascus, Syria. Described as "The Syrian economy's window to the world,[4] the fair was first held in 1954 and is the oldest such fair in the middle east.[2] It was annually held in the Umayyad Square, but was cancelled in 2012 due to the Syrian Civil War before resuming again in 2017 and this time in a newly established state-of-the-arts fairground.[4]

Damascus International Fair
معرض دمشق الدولي
GenreFair, exhibition
VenueDamascus Fair Grounds
Location(s)Damascus, Syria
Years active67[2]
Participants43 countries[3]


The first fair was held during September 1954 and lasted for one month. The number of visitors exceeded 1,000,000 and 26 countries participated in the Fair, in addition to a various number of Syrian Industrial and commercial Enterprises. It covered a display area of 250,000 sqm.[2]


The Fair was cancelled in 2012 because of the Syrian Civil War, but returned in 2017 for its 59th iteration after the 5-year hiatus.[1]

In preparation for the return of the fair, a new fairground was opened spreading over 1.2 million sqm.[4] It is located on the Highway between Damascus and the International Airport. The new fairground enjoys exhibition halls, services and facilities according to the most modern global standards, and is one of the biggest fairgrounds worldwide.[4]


  1. ^ a b "Damascus International Fair returns after five year hiatus". The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved 21 August 2017.
  2. ^ a b c "Damascus International Fair". Public Establishment for International Fairs & Exhibitions. Retrieved 21 August 2017.
  3. ^ "Damascus International Fair". Love Damascus. Retrieved 21 August 2017.
  4. ^ a b c d "Damascus International Fair to be held against all odds". SANA. 24 May 2017. Retrieved 12 March 2018.