“Aley is preparing to boost tourism and bring back its former glory,” said Samir Chehayeb, President of the Aley Traders Association (ATA).
The town has launched a strategic plan to renovate its infrastructure and restore its streets. The plan is executed in collaboration with the Municipality of Aley. The required funding will be covered by the municipality and the Ministry of Transportation and Public Works.
“Aley has all the elements to be attractive to tourists,” he said. More than five restaurants have reopened their doors this season, including Petit Café and Papaya. According to Chehayeb more restaurants will be launched.
“With the opening of Hotel Tanios which also includes a mall and the Aley Center by next year, the town is expecting more visitors.”
Aley Center, an eight-floor structure, will bring a mix of retail, restaurants, and entertainment venues. Its Gross Leasing Area is 13,200 m2. It is owned by the Kuwait-based Al Kharafi Group. The TSC supermarket chain is expected to be an anchor tenant.
Hotel Tanios, a refurbished hotel from the late 1950s, will also have shopping outlets.
The ATA is also working on supporting and helping smaller enterprises to be able to compete and sustain. Chehayeb said that ATA has launched a shopping card with privileges and discounts of up to 30 percent. The ATA also worked in collaboration with several banks to provide traders with loan facilities to develop their business. “We are currently working on issuing a touristic, industrial, and retail guide where all business owners will be listed,” he said.
Work has begun on the $25 million development project of wastewater networks in more than 20 villages in the Aley caza. The project is funded by the German KFW Development Bank.
Wastewater networks will be installed in the villages of Ainab, Aitat, Aramoun, Baysour, Bchamoun, Bsatin, Deir Oubil, Kabrchmoun, Kayfoun, and Remhala among others.
Local Boudai Contracting firm is handling the project, which serves more than 20,000 households, according to Michel Saad, Vice President of the union of Shahhar municipalities. This company is in charge of the installation of the water networks and their connection to the Ghadir wastewater treatment plant in Khalde.
The German bank had initially allocated $13 million for the project, but later raised the sum due to unforeseen complications related to the region’s potable water and phone networks. “We have been facing some obstacles, trying not to damage other infrastructure during the development of the networks,” said Saad.
The project is expected to benefit more than 100,000 individuals and will be delivered in the span of two years.
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Aley Shopping Center to open in 2019
The Aley Shopping Center, by real estate developer Maamoun Amaneddin, is expected to open in 2019. The project is located on Bechara El Khoury Street.
The center will occupy a 4,500 square meter plot and has a built-up area of 30,000 m2. It consists of ten floors, five of which are aboveground.
Amaneddin said that the property will encompass a large mix of retail outlets and restaurants. It will also include a gym, an ice skating rink, a bowling alley, a pool, and a ineplex. “We have begun with the paperwork and works will start soon,” he said. Investment in the project is over $5 million.
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