19 Jun '16, 5pm

Wealthy Syrians waiting to return if war ever ends

Wealthy Syrians waiting to return if war ever ends

Yet, with the conflict in its sixth year and bombs hitting government-controlled areas that previously were barely touched while airstrikes pound neighborhoods held by rebels, the prospect of rebuilding the country isn't daunting Syrian real estate investor Waleed Zaabi. If only a peace settlement weren't so elusive, he said. "Everything is easy once you have stability," said Zaabi, 51, sipping Arabic coffee at the hotel he owns in Dubai. He described the negotiations taking place in Geneva, in which he's been involved, as just "a movie." "Once you start having growth and people start to work, you're on the right track." Only the most optimistic diplomats see an imminent end to the war in Syria. But when it happens, the country will need wealthy Syrian emigres to bolster the reconstruction effort and jump-start the economy before foreign businesses consider any investment....

Full article: http://www.stripes.com/news/middle-east/wealthy-syrians-w...

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