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Beirut Souks​
Phase I: South Souks

Beirut Central District (BCD) - Beirut, Lebanon​



Developed by SOLIDERE




Beirut Souks, in the heart of downtown Beirut, will be composed of two parts, South Souks and North Souks. It will accommodate souks for jewellery, galleries, mall, grocery shop, IMAX cinema complex, science museum, ...

Here is additional info about the project.

  • Location: Weygand street
  • Plot: 60,000 m2
  • BUA: 100,000 – 120,000 m2
  • Developer: Solidere
  • Architects: Rafael Moneo, Samir Khairallah, Valode & Pistre, Annabel Kassar, Nabil Tabbarah, Olivier Vidal
  • Project value: USD 160 million excluding land cost
  • Retail space (GLA): 55,000 – 60,000 m2
  • Retail outlets: 30,000 m2 - 200 stores
  • Jewellery Souk: 10,000 m2
  • Hypermarket: 7,000 m2
  • Department Store: 15,000 m2 with 12,000 m2 of retail space
  • Leisure space: 18,000 m2 with 8-screen cinema
  • Food space: 7,000 m2 with restaurants and fast food outlets
  • Office space: 11,000 m2
  • Parking: 2,550 places
  • Completion date: 2008
 

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Discussion Starter · #4 ·
Jayme001 said:
will the Beirut Souqs b the biggest shoping center in Lebanon ?
To the best of my knowledge, CITY MALL at Dora is the biggest mall in Lebanon. I guess it's around 120,000 square metres.

Beirut Souks will be around 100,000 square metres.
 

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I got two new pics of Beirut Souks.


Taken from Weygand Street.


Taken near Conbipel store.
 

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I am most excited about the Beirut Souks project, more than any other project going on in Beirut.

The highrises that are coming up like the Marina Tower, Beirut Tower, Platinum Tower, etc. are all nice, but you can find highrises all around the world.

A premiere shopping destination is something special though, particularly since the Souks of Beirut will be one of a kind.

Thanks for the pictures naregkar.

This project was supposed to be finished almost 5 years ago, but political wrangling prevented any progress from being done passed the foundations phase.
 

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Lebanese Cedar, did you vote for that project on the poll?

I am interested in it too, but I just love high rises, I know what you mean about them being everywhere but they are not very common in Lebanon and that is why I am most excited about them.
 

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Beirut Souks is a great source of revenue for Solidere. By this way, the company's net profit increases and other projects, backed by Solidere, that are on the "waiting list" would need less time to be accomplished.
 

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Beirut! said:
Lebanese Cedar, did you vote for that project on the poll?

I am interested in it too, but I just love high rises, I know what you mean about them being everywhere but they are not very common in Lebanon and that is why I am most excited about them.
I've been busy, I'll vote now.
 

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Yes you are right, it seems that they won't finish by 2007.
But maybe they'll open the jewellery souk first and then gradually the others.

Btw, yesterday I uploaded 2 pics. They are on the first page.
 

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I was surfing Lebanon Opportunities' site and came up with these facts about Beirut Souks.

  • Location: Weygand street
  • Plot: 60,000 m2
  • BUA: 100,000 – 120,000 m2
  • Developer: Solidere
  • Architects: Rafael Moneo, Samir Khairallah, Valode & Pistre, Annabel Kassar, Nabil Tabbarah, Olivier Vidal
  • Project value: USD 160 million excluding land cost
  • Retail space (GLA): 55,000 – 60,000 m2
  • Retail outlets: 30,000 m2 - 200 stores
  • Jewellery Souk: 10,000 m2
  • Hypermarket: 7,000 m2
  • Department Store: 15,000 m2 with 12,000 m2 of retail space
  • Leisure space: 18,000 m2 with 8-screen cinema
  • Food space: 7,000 m2 with restaurants and fast food outlets
  • Office space: 11,000 m2
  • Parking: 2,550 places
  • Completion date: Early 2007
 

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The South Souks are the ones that are under construction right now and they will be finished early next year.

They have not yet started construction on the North Souks which will open later, maybe in 2008.
 

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i have a question. since last year i noticed a sign in downtown beirut near the parliment that said"beirut souks"and pointed the direction. and we noticed empty buildings that were complete...are they part of the same beirut souks?
 
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