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Old April 17th, 2009, 12:15 PM   #201
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i used to work on this project for 3 years ....quantities department ...
its a reincarnation of the old souks .... and i dont expect every1 to like the architecture ..mo
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Old April 17th, 2009, 03:00 PM   #202
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Why did you stop working there?
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Old April 19th, 2009, 08:30 AM   #203
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i went to DAMAC ....and the crisis brought me back to Beirut !
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Old April 19th, 2009, 09:36 PM   #204
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Any inside info on the BCD property owned by DAMAC (formerly the site of La Residence by Ivana Trump)?
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Old April 22nd, 2009, 01:42 PM   #205
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just like the majority of Damac Projects its on hold !
and when i was working with Damac i was asked not to sell La Residence
so !! :S ...
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Old May 17th, 2009, 08:02 PM   #206
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New set of pictures of progress on Souks on Solidere site

Looks good overall! Have to wait to see how the storefronts will fit in, and many other details. With a project this size, hard to expect that there won't be many things to criticize.

Roof color (as Nadine pointed out, not eggplant, but Tyrian Purple!) is an experiment that may or may not have worked: in some pictures looks very alive, in others very subdued. But though I've long held out for the red (which I still believe stands out more from a distance, adding more to the cityscape than the purple, which almost disappears in some long shots) the color begins to grow on you..

Details not seen before (at least by me) include fountain in Intabli Square, shot of Ibn Iraq interior. But still no photos of archaeological findings which might show how they've been integrated (I REALLY hope they have not abandoned the idea...), nor photos of what will be Ajami Square.

Great to see so much progress.

From site:

Rooftops From Gold Souks showing Ibn Iraq shrine


Souks Core Rooftops from Gold Souk


Souks Core Rooftops Showing Marina Tower


Gold Souks Office Building


Rooftops from Patriarch Hoyek Street (love the variety of rooftops on this one)


Souks Entrance from Fakhry Bey St2


Gold Souks Terrace Overlooking Fakhry Bey St.


Souks Along Fakhry Bey St (that Art Deco building is amazing)


Gold Souks Entrance from Ibn Iraq Square (shows more detail of what they think is the shrine than I've seen before)


Gold Souk Pergolas


Gold Souks Along Ibn Iraq Square


Gold Souks Towards Souk Tawila


Gold Souks Up Towards Weygand and Riad al Solh(?)


Intabli Square (wonder if they'll bring back the jellab)


Block G Interior


Block M Overlooking Bab Idriss Square


Souk Sayyour


Souk Jamil-Souk Sayyour Intersection


Souk Jamil Arcade


Souk al Jamil


Souk Tawila


Towards Souk Arwad

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Old May 17th, 2009, 10:23 PM   #207
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Wow! Amazing..its a very large space..there still is alot of work to be done..if those pics are recent..
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Old May 18th, 2009, 12:48 AM   #208
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I think those pics are at least 2 months old.
very interesting update !!!! thanx for sharing
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Old May 18th, 2009, 01:04 AM   #209
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Do we know exactly when they were taken? It really doesnt appear like it will be completed by this summer or even this year. All of the shops still need to be designed from the interior.
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Old May 18th, 2009, 01:09 AM   #210
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First pic shows the crane attached to PT , that was taken away more than two months ago , that gives u an idea.
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Old May 18th, 2009, 01:36 AM   #211
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These pictures are up to date, I just got back from Beirut and as can be seen in these pictures, there is s still a lot of work to be done.

They will finish it at the end of the year.
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Old May 18th, 2009, 07:55 AM   #212
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They are saying Summer...if they are a month or two old they have time...youde be surprised how fast they can finnish at this stage..Just finnishing touches. In there update they said the units were delivered to the end users for fit outs...it further said that some have started or completed...When it opens it may not all be open....some stores may open in phases
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Old May 18th, 2009, 08:47 AM   #213
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The Beirut Souks look amazing ! its a shopers paradise ! The Souks turned out so well.
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Old May 18th, 2009, 11:07 PM   #214
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Is this going to be small shop owners leasing or owning space in the souk like in Saida? I hope so. Beirut has enough malls
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Old May 19th, 2009, 02:57 AM   #215
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I doubt it, The Beirut Souks will have high end retail stores.
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Old May 20th, 2009, 01:19 AM   #216
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Thats sad. Downtown already has lots of high end stores and they make a profit purely because of their high prices, not in amount of customers. This will only attract a few Gulf tourists (who can already get these high end things in their countries or other parts of Beirut) and not the general public. If the souk is as "high end" as I think it is, I doubt Western tourists will have any interest in even setting foot in such a place more than once because
1) its pricey and
2) it just lacks that authentic souk feel you can find in Damascus or Saida. I smell a flop A handful of high end shoppers isn't what comes to mind when I think of a souk
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Old May 20th, 2009, 02:26 AM   #217
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I think it will be succus, plus they have the gold souk area where people can buy gold. that will attract people. plus its not just for tourist, locals will shop there also.
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Old May 21st, 2009, 03:22 PM   #218
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I think it will be succus, plus they have the gold souk area where people can buy gold. that will attract people. plus its not just for tourist, locals will shop there also.
i agree with u that the souks will be a success
but, nonetheless, it does lack the that authentic Mediterranean feel and architecture
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Old May 21st, 2009, 05:54 PM   #219
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I disagree with you , it doesn't lack the Med. Feel and architecture. it's just New .
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Old May 21st, 2009, 07:59 PM   #220
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From the beginning, this was a question regarding the project

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Is this going to be small shop owners leasing or owning space in the souk like in Saida? I hope so. Beirut has enough malls
Many who remember the old souks (I don't) often pose the question as to whether any of the original storekeepers would be back. Understandably, they cherish a hope of reconnecting to a past that the war destroyed.

But that goes to the heart of the criticism of the whole Solidere concept (whether in its original 1982 Amin Gemayel version or the post-Taef one). It's 1960's-style urban renewal in the sense that it displaces and disregards social networks, rather than laboriously trying to recreate them. The souks are one example, but the criticism could be extended to the whole city center.

And with the souks at least, it may not really have been an option. By now, who of the old shopkeepers is around, or is still in the same line of business? (It would be an interesting theme for a study). That wouldn't, of course, preclude encouraging some shops to set up, featuring Lebanese products (not just traditional crafts, but little designer's boutiques, etc. Maybe they can still put some policy in place that does).

Anyway the idea of recreating the ambience of a souk doesn't seem to have been a goal. For a while, someone was even suggesting that they should and would discard the old street names...
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