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Old June 26th, 2006, 03:27 AM   #1
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#UNDER C-BCD: "Hilton Hotel" | 9F Hotel

Hilton Hotel


Minet El Hosn
Beirut Central District - Beirut, Lebanon




5-Star Hotel
8 Floors, 162 Rooms




Owners: General Mediterranean Holding, Nadhmi Auchi, Issam Younes

Contractor: Butec SAL

Cost: US$ 70 Million

Status: Under Construction

Estimated completion: 2006-07


From IDAL's Fall 2003 report:




For information on the old Beirut Hilton and to view its 2002 demolition, click here:

http://www.controlled-demolition.com...20030324142951

AND

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aeK1kPvvawo
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Old June 26th, 2006, 03:28 AM   #2
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Construction Pictures


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May 7, 2006:



May 15, 2006:
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Old June 26th, 2006, 03:41 AM   #3
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For information on the old Beirut Hilton and to view its 2002 demolition, click here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aeK1kPvvawo
The Grand Hyatt is coming up on the site of the old Beirut Hilton.

The current developers of the Grand Hyatt bought the old Hilton, demolished it and are the same ones building the Grand Hyatt.

The current Beirut Hilton is being developed by completely different developers.
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Old June 26th, 2006, 03:43 AM   #4
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The following excerpt from a recent Daily Star article is quite interesting considering what Issam Younes said here in 2003:





IDAL gets mixed reviews for ability to help cut red tape

Major investors report delays with permits



By Lysandra Ohrstrom
Daily Star staff

Tuesday, June 13, 2006


BEIRUT: The national development authority charged with facilitating major construction projects and other investments in Lebanon continues to have difficulty in coordinating permits and providing other services despite a 2003 law meant to empower the body, according to developers with current projects in the capital.

Investment Law 360 aimed to turn the Investment Development Authority of Lebanon (IDAL) into a "one-stop-shop" for investors that would provide fiscal incentive packages and facilitate the licensing and registration process for investors.

But according to the leaders of some of IDAL's - and Beirut's - most valuable projects the organization, though no fault of its own, has been unable to obtain building permits in a reasonable time frame or effectively perform its administrative function.

The CEO of Ven Invest Holding, the group financing the $44.7 million Serai Gate hotel complex in Downtown Beirut, said on Monday that groundbreaking on the project was delayed by two to three years due to legal hurdles.
"IDAL is great at granting incentives, but we would have expected more help from them on the legal side," Pierre Abou Jaber told reporters at his construction site, the first of six stops on an IDAL-sponsored tour of its projects.

"IDAL is supposed to get you building permits, but they couldn't so we ended up having to obtain them ourselves," Abou Jaber said. "But this is not related to IDAL, the government needs to restructure its administrative procedures."

These "administrative procedures" have halted construction on the Hilton Hotel in Bab Idriss, which currently stands as a towering concrete skeleton without walls.

The hotel was supposed to be completed by 2006, but work has stopped on the project while contractors wait for a permit, according to Issam Younis, one of the hotel's owners. Younis was reluctant to talk about the length of delays or the amount of money that has been lost.

"Some work has stopped for two months, some for a day," he told The Daily Star before IDAL staffers said time was up and cut him off.

"Even if we lost a little money, this is still a good project and will give us a return of $20 million per year on a $70 million project," Younis said.

An IDAL official said that permits cannot be issued instantly and that construction on the Hilton site was generally moving forward. "If you'd come yesterday, they would have been working on it," he said.
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Old June 26th, 2006, 03:48 AM   #5
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Here is an alternative rendering of the Hilton posted on the General Mediterranean Holding website, (www.gmhsa.com):




It appears this was an earlier version... I happen to prefer this one to the current design, what do you all think?
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Old June 26th, 2006, 04:59 AM   #6
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i like the front of this Building much better then the one there building now
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Old June 26th, 2006, 06:44 AM   #7
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wasnt the old Beirut Hilton was only open for a week b4 the war broke out
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Old June 26th, 2006, 09:16 AM   #8
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Thanks Beirut! for this thread.

About the design, both of them seem to be fine. Maybe I'll chose the earlier old version...
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Old June 26th, 2006, 06:17 PM   #9
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hilton is one of the best hotel empires in the world

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Old June 26th, 2006, 07:13 PM   #10
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most cities have the four season hotel ..soo..hope that soon we have a four season hotel....

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Old June 26th, 2006, 08:40 PM   #11
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I like the current design(white).it really means alot to me,this hilton hotel.as u may all know.the 1st hilton beirut was meant to open ONE DAY b4 the civil war started in beirut in 1975.i really need to see this one ALIVE.

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Old June 26th, 2006, 09:36 PM   #12
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hehe yeah ur right, I prefer the older one more, it goes well with the Grand Hayatt Design
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Old June 27th, 2006, 01:48 AM   #13
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I said that before it was open for only a week.
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Old June 29th, 2006, 08:22 PM   #14
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Construction as of 29/06/2006.





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Old June 29th, 2006, 08:30 PM   #15
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WOW,thanx nareg. i really like the front of this building.
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Old July 12th, 2006, 03:08 AM   #16
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Old July 12th, 2006, 06:14 AM   #17
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Nice update thanx Arzliban
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Old July 29th, 2006, 06:55 PM   #18
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Here are my updates for this project:



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Old December 20th, 2006, 10:52 PM   #19
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The construction for this hotel has progressed a lot. 75% of the facade work has been accomplished.
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Old December 20th, 2006, 10:59 PM   #20
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Gr8 news thanx nareg.
I believe that once this HOTEL opens his doors for guests,,the whole problems in lebanon will vanish.
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