The Syrian presence in the area has also led to fierce competition among restaurants.
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In the heart of the Sudanese capital, crowds are drawn by mouthwatering aromas to Syrian eateries that line an upscale Khartoum neighborhood.Khartoum residents now flock to restaurants that serve Syrian delicacies -- often making it difficult to find a table at restaurants in the Kafouri district.The Syrian presence in the area, where Levantine Arabic is widely heard, has also led to fierce competition between restaurants.In the capital's Riyadh neighborhood, the Levantine influence is also able to be heard as passers-by sing along to Syrian songs that are played by restaurants.Mohammad Abdel-Sabour, a Sudanese engineer, eats regularly at Syrian outlets, which he said were more welcoming than Sudanese ones.Khaled, who runs a Syrian eatery in the Riyadh area, boasted of having "permanent Sudanese customers".
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