Famous Syrian - Syrian Celebrities

Syria is home to diverse ethnic and religious groups, including Syrian Arabs, Greeks, Armenians, Assyrians, Kurds, and Circassians which is reflected in the nation’s rich and vibrant cultural traditions. Even though the fast few decades have been marred by political instability, violence and chaos, the resilient Syrians have emerged to make a mark for themselves in the world. The nation is well known for its literature and has produced writers like Adonis, Muhammad Maghout, Haidar Haidar, Ghada al-Samman, Nizar Qabbani and Zakariyya Tamer who are famous internationally. Salim Barakat, a Syrian emigrant living in Sweden, is an especially well-known figure in the genre of Syrian folk narrative. Syrian music has long been among the Arab world's most important, especially in the field of classical Arab music, and singers and musicians like Asmahan, Farid al-Atrash and Lena Chamamyan are playing a significant role in popularizing Arab music throughout the world. The Syrian Civil War which began in the early spring of 2011 has unfortunately led to the incarceration of several of the country’s illustrious artists, poets, writers and activists, including famed cartoonist Akram Raslam who was killed in 2013. This section provides you information about the life and works of famous Syrians.

Find out more about the greatest Syrians, including Bashar al-Assad, Hafez al-Assad, Nizar Qabbani, Mustafa Tlass and Muhammed Faris.

The Most Famous Syrian

NameBirthdayNationalityBio
Asma al-AssadAugust 11, 1975Syrian, BritishAsma al-Assad is the First Lady of Syria
Jwan YosefSeptember 6, 1984Swedish, SyrianJwan Yosef is a Syrian-born Swedish artist and painter
Nizar QabbaniMarch 21, 1923SyrianNizar Qabbani was a poet, and is one among the most honoured men in the Arab Literary world
Bashar al-AssadSeptember 11, 1965SyrianBashar al-Assad is the current President of Syria
Muhammed FarisMay 26, 1951SyrianMuhammed Faris is an astronaut and the first Syrian to fly into space
Hafez al-AssadOctober 6, 1930SyrianHafez Al-Assad was a Syrian politician and statesman who ruled the country with an iron grip for almost three decades
Mustafa TlassMay 11, 1932SyrianMustafa Tlass is a Syrian army officer and politician who served as Syria’s Minister of Defense from 1972 to 2004
Muhammed Faris

Muhammed Faris

Muhammed Faris is an astronaut and the first Syrian to fly into space

SyrianMay 26, 1951144 views

Hafez al-Assad

Hafez Al-Assad was a Syrian politician and statesman who ruled the country with an iron grip for almost three decades

SyrianOctober 6, 1930127 views

Nizar Qabbani

Nizar Qabbani was a poet, and is one among the most honoured men in the Arab Literary world

SyrianMarch 21, 1923285 views

Mustafa Tlass

Mustafa Tlass is a Syrian army officer and politician who served as Syria’s Minister of Defense from 1972 to 2004

SyrianMay 11, 1932119 views

Bashar al-Assad

Bashar al-Assad is the current President of Syria

SyrianSeptember 11, 1965160 views

Jwan Yosef

Jwan Yosef is a Syrian-born Swedish artist and painter

Asma al-Assad

Asma al-Assad is the First Lady of Syria

SyrianAugust 11, 1975525 views