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In War-Torn Syria, It's Business as Usual

Charles Glass
Board of Contributors
Apr 26, 2017 | 08:00 GMT
In War-Torn Syria, It's Business as Usual
Resurrecting the Hotel Semiramis will require a makeover in public relations as much as engineering.
(JOSEPH EID/AFP/Getty Images)

Blue cloth, stretched like the fabric in which Christo enfolded Berlin's Reichstag, swaddles a six-story building in central Damascus. Inside, the shell of an old hotel awaits its rebirth. When the Hotel Semiramis opened in 1952, its owners advertised it as "the newest hotel in the world's oldest city." Sixty-five...

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