According to ALLCITYCODES.COM, the area code of Syria is +963. It is a Middle Eastern country located in the Levant region and shares borders with Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Israel and Turkey. Syria covers a total land area of 185,180 square kilometres and has a population of approximately 17 million people. Arabic is the official language while English is also widely spoken. The climate in Syria varies due to its diverse geography ranging from desert to mountain climates. The summer months (May to September) usually experience hot temperatures with average highs reaching around 40°C while winter months (November to March) typically have cooler temperatures with average lows dipping below 0 degrees Celsius in some areas. Syria has a vibrant culture that reflects its rich history as well as its geography and environment. Music styles range from traditional folk music such as dabke or mawwal to more modern genres such as rap or hip hop while traditional dancing often incorporates intricate footwork accompanied by drums or violins. Religion also plays an important role in Syrian culture with Islam being the predominant faith followed by other faiths such as Christianity and Judaism. Syria is home to many unique species including Syrian Brown Bear, Arabian Oryx, Wolves, Jackals and Wild Boar among many others. There are also several national parks where visitors can explore these animals in their natural habitats such as Al-Haffah National Park or Qadisha Valley National Park. Syria is a unitary state with an authoritarian government. The country has been governed by the Ba’ath Party since 1963 and its leader, President Bashar al-Assad, since 2000. The current president is the son of former president Hafez al-Assad. Syria’s political system is based on the constitution adopted in 1973 which stipulates that the president of Syria must be a Muslim and must be elected to a seven-year term by popular vote. Legislative power is vested in both the government and the People’s Council, a unicameral legislature with 250 members elected for four-year terms. The Syrian judicial system consists of religious courts and civil courts which apply Islamic law. The Supreme Constitutional Court is also responsible for ensuring that legislation passed by the legislature does not conflict with the constitution. PARADISDACHAT: Features public policy of Syria.