This beautiful and fascinating place is actually in Syria.
Unaffected by a prolonged civil war and the rise of ISIS, Syria’s tourist board has released a series of unfeasibly optimistic promos exhibiting everything the country has to offer for holiday vacations.
The promos show packed beaches and luxury hotels, care-free tourists are seen jet skiing across pristine looking waters as the sun sets on another glorious day.
The footage is in stark contrast to the horrible pictures we usually link with Syria today – of cities leveled by air strikes, of millions left homeless and bloodied children sitting dazed after being pulled from the rubble that was once their home .
Instead, the clip ends with the words: “Syria, Always Beautiful.”
Another video features breathtaking views of some of the country’s most beautiful historical landmarks – some of which have since been destroyed by ISIS.