Damascus is the northernmost city in Outremer, and also one of the most important. The city was formerly under the control of Saladin's Muslim Army.
In Arabic, the city is called Dimashq ash-Sham. Although this is often shortened to either Dimashq or ash-Sham by many, the citizens of Damascus, and the Syrian Empire and some other Arab neighbors, colloquially call it ash-Sham. Ash-Sham is a term for both north and Syria.