Since the earliest times, Syria has been an area of conflict. Both a Mediterranean country and state of the Middle East, Syria has been an important trade route and agriculture area. Though much of the land is arid, there are regions that are fertile, particularly the coastal plains and along the Euphrates River. Oil and agriculture are its biggest industries, though investment in tourism and service sector growth is desired and possible when its internal conflict is resolved. Syrianwebsites have extension codes of .SY.