Macau is a former Portuguese colony, and in 1999 it became a special administrative region of China. Its economy relies heavily on tourism, specifically the gambling industry, whose revenue has made Macau the world's largest casino market.

War-torn Aleppo in northern Syria is now no place to stage a soccer match. Photo: AFP

Macau set to host war-torn Syria’s World Cup soccer qualifiers

Macau is set to become a bit player in the tragedy of war-torn Syria, thanks to a Beijing-brokered deal which will see the world’s biggest gaming destination become a temporary “home” for the country’s displaced national soccer team.