Ahmad Izzat al-Abid
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Abid was born in Damascus, but he was educated in Beirut. He spoke Arabic, French and Turkish. He moved to Istanbul where he served the Ottoman sultan, Abdul Hamid II as an adviser. He left the Ottoman Empire in 1908 and moved to London for some time before living in France and Switzerland. He then left for Egypt, where he died in 1924.
Abid accumulated great wealth during his life. He was also a businessman and owned numerous enterprises or buildings including the largest tourist hotel in Syria, the Victoria Hotel in Damascus.
- Commins, David Dean (2004). " Abid, Ahmad Izzat al- (1851-1924) ", Historical Dictionary of Syria (2nd ed.). Scarecrow Press. p. 21-22. ISBN 9780810849341.
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