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Old September 27th, 2009, 07:43 PM   #281
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Yeah,i know , but it's not enough,but it is a big project,it deserves its own independent website.
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Old September 29th, 2009, 10:52 PM   #282
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Momo is opening.. seems way cool

http://www.slideshare.net/kerchiched...he-souk-beirut
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Old September 30th, 2009, 10:17 AM   #283
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Some quick mobile pictures, I took (2) weeks ago..







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Old October 1st, 2009, 07:28 PM   #284
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It will be accessible to the public on october 2nd!!!


Solidere revives Beirut Souks

Solidere organized today a media tour around the newly opened Beirut Souks project, which has been rebuilt in its same original location.

The tour was intended to introduce the project to the media, and it revealed the traditional Souks under a contemporary new design, keeping the site's main landmarks intact. Beirut Souks are set to become a vital trading hub and a major tourist magnet, be it for Arabs or foreigners.

This preview coincides with the opening of the first few retail outlets, and ahead of the project's grand opening by the end of the year.

The Beirut Souks enjoy a strategic location, nestled in the historical heart of the capital and in close proximity to the hotels district by the waterfront, and the residential areas of Wadi Abou Jmil and Saifi Village, with direct access to the business center. This ensures the project's contextual continuity with the city's centre as well as its connection to the rest of the capital. In the future, the project will also bridge the traditional centre with the reclaimed waterfront area.

The Beirut Souks are a modern commercial district that stands apart from all other contemporary commercial centers and malls. The unique concept safeguarded the Souks' historical street grid and brought back to life their historic names; some are covered Souks like Souk El Tawileh, Souk El Jamil and Souk Arwam while others are open air such as Souk Ayyas and Souk Sayyour. These Souks, along with the Intabli and Ajami Squares and the Gold Souks constitute the southern area of the development, which features retail outlets from different categories, offices, and a variety of restaurants and coffee shops.

The upcoming northern area will be delivered progressively over the next three years in two distinct phases, one consisting of a 14 cinema entertainment complex equipped with state of the art technologies, and the other consisting of a major department store with a landmark architecture.

As for the architecture, Solidere made sure to integrate the historical aspect of the Souks in their new design, reflecting the location's primal role as a gateway between the past and the future. An elite group of Lebanese and international award winning architects worked on the design and execution of the project, like Rafael Moneo from Spain with Samir Khairalla and partners, Kevin Dash from Britain with Rafic Khoury, and Valode et Pistre from France with Annabel Kassar. The coordination and the unification of all these designs were masterfully handled by French space planner and landscape architect Olivier Vidal, a renowned expert in conceiving shopping malls and commercial centers.

The latter was also assigned with the responsibility of designing the public spaces and the green spaces within the project. Several of these squares will be decorated with artwork and sculptures from world-renowned artists.

The construction materials have been carefully selected using the finest Spanish marble designed in a herringbone pattern to adorn the walls of the Souks whereas especially cut black basalt was installed in all pedestrian streets. Shop fronts' frameworks and decorative louvers were finished with beautiful solid bronze recalling the Bronze Age of the Souks, also known as the Canaanite era. As for the Gold Souks, French marble adorn the walls, while granite carpets the floors under imported cedar wood.

Solidere also made sure to conserve the heritage of the different civilizations marking the Beirut Souks historic location from the Phoenician era untill the French mandate. The archeological findings recovered in the Souks and which have been carefully restored include the ancient Phoenico-Persian commercial quarter, the Medieval Moat, the Mamluk Koranic madrassa of Ibn Iraq Al Dimashqi in addition to the Byzantine mosaic excavated on site.

This flagship project by Solidere aims at restoring Beirut's pioneering stature on the regional and international scenes: a business hub and an ultimate touristic and cultural destination that attracts businessmen, investors, tourists and shoppers from all over the region.

Besides being one of the most important commercial nodes locally and regionally, the project creates employment opportunities through the participation of a large number of Lebanese architecture, engineering and construction firms and other commercial institutions.

The Beirut Souks area will be accessible to the public as of Friday October 2nd, 2009, while the remaining shops continue to complete their preparations. Parking will be provided.

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Old October 1st, 2009, 08:05 PM   #285
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Yes,i just watched it on News !!!

it looks waaaaaaaaaaaaaaay better in real than in pictures
the way they PRESERVED and integrated the ruins within the project was awesome!!

they also mentioned that the northern souks will be completed in 3 years.
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Old October 1st, 2009, 08:10 PM   #286
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So just to clarify, these ruins are newly uncovered by Solidere and were not visible at the Souks prior to the civil war?

Also, are there any pre-war pics of the souks so we can compare "before & after"?
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Old October 1st, 2009, 08:11 PM   #287
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Yes,these are newly discovered ruins,weren't there before the civil war.
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Old October 1st, 2009, 08:21 PM   #288
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So just to clarify, these ruins are newly uncovered by Solidere and were not visible at the Souks prior to the civil war?

Also, are there any pre-war pics of the souks so we can compare "before & after"?
If you go to http://almashriq.hiof.no/lebanon/index.html you'll find pictures of the old souks.


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Old October 1st, 2009, 09:24 PM   #289
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That was Khan Antoun Bey near the Port, it was destroyed in 1975-76...
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Old October 1st, 2009, 10:18 PM   #290
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I cant seem to find any actual photos pre-civil war of the inside of the souks. Any help?
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Old October 2nd, 2009, 03:52 AM   #291
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Yes,i just watched it on News !!!

it looks waaaaaaaaaaaaaaay better in real than in pictures
the way they PRESERVED and integrated the ruins within the project was awesome!!

they also mentioned that the northern souks will be completed in 3 years.
I whatched the whole LBC "8 o'clock" News and didnt see anything
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Old October 2nd, 2009, 04:50 AM   #292
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I think Hassoun watches MTV News...maybe it was on MTV News... Cant wait to do shopping in the Souks nexy year.
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Old October 2nd, 2009, 06:43 AM   #293
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More great news (French) It says TWO H&M's are opening october 3rd in Lebanon. One in Beirut Souk and the other in the ABC


H&M ouvre ses portes au Liban


LIBAN. H&M, le géant de l'habillement suédois, se lance sur le marché libanais, en ouvrant simultanément deux magasins le 3 octobre 2009, dans deux centres commerciaux de Beyrouth, le centre ABC et les nouveaux Souks.

L'implantation de H&M au Liban s'effectue via une franchise accordée au groupe koweïtien Alshaya, qui a déjà ouvert plusieurs magasins de la marque au Moyen-Orient, d'abord au Koweït et à Dubaï en automne 2006, puis en Arabie saoudite, à Bahreïn, à Oman, au Qatar, et en Egypte en 2008.

Pour son arrivée à Beyrouth, H&M, dont la devise est de proposer une mode de qualité à meilleur prix, a choisi deux des quartiers à fort potentiel commercial de la capitale. Le centre ABC, à Achrafieh, regroupe déjà les plus grandes marques internationales d'habillement. Les nouveaux Souks de Beyrouth sont quant à eux situés à proximité du centre ville de Solidere.

Une autre franchise de H&M doit également ouvrir en Israël en 2010, cette fois en partenariat avec avec Match Retail Ltd.

Le groupe H&M (Hennes&Mauritz), fondé en Suède en 1947, possède aujourd'hui plus de 1800 enseignes dans le monde, réparties dans 34 pays.

Le groupe Alshaya détient en franchise de nombreuses marques, dont Starbucks, Next, Mothercare, The body shop, ou encore M.A.C.
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Old October 2nd, 2009, 01:49 PM   #294
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I think Hassoun watches MTV News..
Really?? I thought he watched OTV

I've seen the H&M ad in ABC.
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That was Khan Antoun Bey near the Port, it was destroyed in 1975-76...
Khan Antou Bey is part of Phase two of the souk project. My understanding is that they will reconstruct a similar architectural building in that style. It will be called khan Antoun Bey to evoke It's memmory.


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Old October 2nd, 2009, 03:44 PM   #296
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More great news (French) It says TWO H&M's are opening october 3rd in Lebanon. One in Beirut Souk and the other in the ABC


Isn't there one in City Mall as well? So there will now be a total of 3 in the country?
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Old October 2nd, 2009, 03:49 PM   #297
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according to there website only 2.. ABC and Beirut Souqs
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Old October 2nd, 2009, 04:38 PM   #298
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Solidere Renews Beirut Souks, Official Opening by Year's End

Real estate giant, Solidere, announced it will launch Beirut Souks in the city center before the end of 2009.

Solidere has rebuilt the souks, which were devastated during the 1975-1990 civil war, while maintaining the historical character of the old markets.

The markets, a commercial section with a variety of shops, offices, restaurants, cafes and historical squares, cost $300 million, according to Solidere General Manager Kheir Dweiri.

Source: Naharnet
Beirut, 02 Oct 09, 13:00
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Old October 2nd, 2009, 05:12 PM   #299
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NOT 100% sure but I believe this pic is of the old beirut souks.

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Old October 2nd, 2009, 05:23 PM   #300
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Looks like Achrafieh to me.
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