THE MAN WHO BUILT LEBANON
Favorite thing: Rafik Bahaa Edine Hariri (1 November 1944 – 14 February 2005), was a Lebanese self-made billionaire and business tycoon, and was twice Prime Minister of Lebanon from 1992 to 1998 and 2000 to 2004, before his last resignation from office on 20 October 2004. Hariri was assassinated on 14 February 2005 when explosives equivalent to around 300 kg of TNT were detonated as his motorcade drove past the St George Hotel in the Lebanese capital, Beirut. The Syrian government has borne the brunt of Lebanese and international outrage at the murder, due to its extensive military and intelligence influence in Lebanon, as well as the public rift between Hariri and Damascus just before his last resignation. As of February 2005, it is too early to identify with justifiable reasoning the culprit for the murder.Hariri returned to Lebanon in 1992 as prime minister. He put the country back on the financial map through the issuing of Eurobonds and won plaudits from the World Bank for his plan to borrow reconstruction money.Hariri served as Prime Minister of Lebanon from 1992 to 1998, then again from 2000 until late 2004.Hariri's contributions were numerous. Among the most notable is the fact that he educated 30,000 Lebanese students inside and outside of Lebanon, and spent millions of dollars of his own personal money to redefine the face of social hierarchies in Lebanon. He donated a great deal of money to charity, and invested in Lebanon when few others were willing to risk doing so. Like all prime ministers since the end of the French mandate in 1943, he was a Sunni Muslim. He worked towards unity of the different religious and ethnic groups and rebuilding.Hariri was well regarded among international leaders counting French President Jacques Chirac as a close friend, enjoying the envied record of being the political figure most often received by the French President. Chirac was one of the first foreign dignitaries to offer condolences to Hariri's widow in person at her home in Beirut.
Fondest memory: Mr. Miracle
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sidon - saida - saidoon
Favorite thing: Sidon is the largest city in Southern Lebanon, and it's located on the coast 48 kilometers south of Beirut. Sidon is Saida in Arabic and Saidoon in Phoenician. It's a city of ancient glory and at one time it had been an important Phoenician city-state before falling under Roman domination with Alexander the Great
Fondest memory: Sidon is a city of many charms - but its most fascinating and evident one is the crusader's castle (also called sea castle), some beutiful ottoman khans, the great Mosque, Qalaat El Muizz (the Castle of St. Louis), the Temple of Eshmoun and the old Egyptian port.
The Great Mosque
Favorite thing: The Great Mosque
South of the souk on the way to the Castle of St. Louis, is the Great Mosque, formerly the Church of St. John of the Hospitalers. The four walls of this rectangular building (recently restored to their natural beauty) date to the 13th century.
Originally a fortress-like Crusader compound with its own chapel, it is still an imposing structure, especially viewed from the seaside.
Fondest memory: THERE ARE MANY OTHER GREAT MOSQUES IN SIDON SOME ARE VERY OLD AND SOME NEW ONES
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Land of Mandrin
Favorite thing: Sidon is a very small city,you can see it all in few hours,maybe less,it has a population of 38,000.it is known as the capital of the south.
And since it`s only 48km away from the capital Beirut and it`s connected with a high way,it takes you about 40 minutes drive to get there.
Sidon has not yet built any Hotels.but you can always make a day visit to this city from Beirut.
Sidon is the home town of Lebanon`s Former prime minister(Rafik El Hariri).
Fondest memory: I have visited Sidon many times,as part of my family lives there.
Best times was shared with my cousins,going to the beaches.
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Out The Window...
Fondest memory: Out the window on the other side of the Inner Fortress, seeing The Mediterranean Sea.
Waves washing the walls of the fortress for centuries, echoing the sounds of the ancient of this old port town.
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