Damascus sees new business horizons
7 August 2010 Last updated at 16:58 BST
The skyline of the Syrian capital is changing, with tower blocks being replaced by new office buildings and malls.
Damascus is also slowly opening up to private investment and encouraging an influx of entrepreneurs.
The BBC's Lina Sinjab has met Abdulsalam Haykal, who runs a number of private businesses, and is one of many Syrians to return to do business at home.