Archive 2011

The Presidents Suleiman & Mikati in TRIPOLI MINA

President Michel Sleiman toured development projects in the northern city of Tripoli Sunday, where he said that the state’s pledge to develop the north is being realized, though there is still much to be done.


Prime Minister Najib Mikati, who accompanied Sleiman during the tour, described the visit as “unique in its occasions and its goals,” while also underscoring Lebanon’s second-biggest city’s need for further development.

The president began his tour with a visit to the Lebanese University’s campus in Tripoli, which is currently under construction.

He was welcomed by LU President Adnan Sayyed Hussein, and was updated on the progress of the 180 square-meter-campus by Nabil Jisr, the head of the Council of Development and Reconstruction.

After touring the campus, Sleiman told reporters that the project “is vital, of extreme importance and in line with balanced development.”

Sleiman also said that when he was Army commander, he saw to it that two buildings on the site, originally used as residences for Army officers, were given to the Education Ministry for the university.

The move facilitated the construction of the university campus, where Lebanese from different areas and sects will gather, he added.

The president expressed his support for decentralization at LU: “There should be several campuses like the one that is being constructed.”

Sleiman’s second stop was at the new Justice Palace that is being built in Tripoli, where he was welcomed by Justice Minister Shakib Qortbawi, Transport and Public Works Minister Ghazi Aridi, Tripoli lawmakers Samir Jisr and Badr Wannous and head of the Tripoli Bar Association Bassam ad-Daya.

The president toured the building site and was briefed by Aridi on the pace of construction. Aridi said that the new Justice Palace could be an example for similar structures throughout the country and expressed hope that his ministry would receive adequate funds from the Cabinet to complete such projects.

Sleiman and Mikati visited Tripoli’s harbor as well, where they examined a new pier under construction.

With a length of 600 meters and a depth of 15 meters, the new pier will be able to accommodate more ships and increase productivity.

“I became confident through my tour today … that [promises] that we made about Tripoli and the north are being fulfilled,” Sleiman said. “Of course there is still much to do,” he acknowledged. The president said that Tripoli’s port was fundamental to developing the city.


From there, Sleiman moved to the city’s corniche where he launched festivities for Tripoli’s “car-free day,” an event organized by the Tripoli Youth Network in collaboration with the cities’ municipalities and sponsored by Sleiman and the Maurice Fadel Prize association.

The president kicked off a solar car race aimed at promoting a car-free city and planted an olive tree on the corniche for the occasion. Tripoli MP Robert Fadel presented Sleiman with a bronze statue of the Tal Clock Tower in Tripoli.

At the end of his tour, Sleiman attended a luncheon held in his honor by Mikati at the Rashid Karami International Fairgrounds where around 1000 guests were on hand.

Speaking during the lunch, Mikati said that Tripoli welcomes Sleiman, whom he called “the symbol of this country’s unity.”

“Tripoli tells you today that … it relies only on the state,” Mikati said. “It hopes that your visit is sign that the city and the rest of the north will make up for lost development.”

Mikati said that the people of Tripoli were keen to hear Sleiman and the prime minister pledge that the state would not abandon its responsibility toward Tripoli.

For his part, Sleiman said he that his tour left him “with great satisfaction.”

He highlighted the necessity of relaunching the Rene Mouawad Airport in Qulaiat, along with repairing and re-opening the railway in the north.

“These are necessary measures to establish administrative decentralization and balanced development,” he said, adding that Tripoli reflects Christian-Islamic coexistence, with churches standing side by side with mosques.


From The Municipality of El Mina To El Mina honorable
The Ministery of Energy
and in cooperation with
Lebanese Center for Energy Conservation
The Municipality of El Mina
Contribute to replace 3 Electrical lamp with three free lamp by
the collector of the institute of Electrecity


In collaboration with:

- Al-Mina Municipality

- The Railway Administration in the Ministry of Transport

FRIENDS OF TRIPOLI RAILWAY STATION is proud to invite you to the event:

"Tripoli Railway Station: OPEN DOOR"

For its 100 anniversary, Tripoli Railway Station will reveal its treasures and will open its doors to the public for 2 consecutive days only.

Guided tours will be organized by Friends of Tripoli Railway Station on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 of June:

- Daily in the morning: 9am 9,30am 10am 10,30am

- Daily in the afternoon: 4pm 4,30pm 5pm 5,30pm

Obstacles faced by the municipal work


The president of El-Mina municipality, Ambassador Mohammad Issa, and the president of Tripoli municipality, Dr. Nader Al-Ghazal participated in the dialogue municipal meeting "Obstacles faced by the municipal work" held in the Quality Inn Hotel in Tripoli, and organized by the Northern branch of the Worker Women League in Lebanon. This meeting was attended by the colonel Samir Shaarani representing the minister Mohammad Al-Safadi, the former minister Sami Minkara, Mrs Hind Kabbara, wife of depute Mohammad Kabbara, the president the Order of Lawyers Bassam Al-Daye, members from municipal councils and former presidents of Order, in addition to many representatives from social and feminist associations.

The meeting began with the Lebanese National Anthem, and then Dr. Fatima Al-Badawi, president of the Northern branch of the Working Women League, said: "If the league is mainly interested in reinforcing women, in leading them to leading and productive positions, in allowing them to participate in decision-making processes, in training them professionally, and in developing their skills and abilities, it is also interested in the whole society according to the controversy of the relationship between women and society. Based on this, we chose the municipal work as a discussion topic between the citizen and the responsible persons.

Moreover, she insisted on the fact that "there must be a mechanism of communication and an ongoing discussion between municipalities and societies because world is rapidly progressing, and priorities and concerns change during the six-year municipal period, which requires a continual correction in the municipal work".

Ms. Murad Iqbal Doughan, president of the league in Lebanon, said that successful councils have to maintain contact with people, to share their worries and sadness with them, to express their aspirations and to pursue active and developmental projects inside the geographical borders of this municipality.

She added: "The most important feature of the municipal work is to stay away from the political division. Municipalities have rights towards each person. And it is a must to integrate a quota for women in the election laws".

Dr. Nader Al-Ghazal, president of Tripoli municipality, said: "The situation is miserable in Tripoli, and needs big efforts to improve it. I think the priority of work is to study the situation of the municipal work, concerning the internal affairs in the municipality, and this is what we already began to do, and concerning the city and the responsibilities on both constructional and executive levels".

He also spoke about the affair of the administrative centralization and the obstacles it imposes on the municipal work, mentioning that there was no recruitment in Tripoli municipality since 2000 even before, which hinders the work in the municipality's departments and divisions suffering from vacancy in employees, mainly in required specialists.

In addition, Dr. Ghazal said that the number of municipal police officers is reduced to 83 officers, among whom the half is doing administrative work, and added: "We are convinced about the importance of combining the private sector’s role with the public sector’s one and both sectors have to work together accordingly. I was appointed, by compromise, as president of the council, then a campaign was launched against me, and I'm paying, till now, the price for this compromise. This campaign may be right because some people thought I was imposed to them. For me, municipal councils must be formed by appointment rather than by election, so they can work safely and impartially, and execute a developmental, not political, work. What I propose may be against my personal benefit, but municipal councils must have an executive director in addition to a president". He discussed also several issues such as cleanliness, traffic congestion, poverty and unemployment.

Later on, Dr. Mohammad Issa, president of El-Mina municipality, discussed the obstacles existing on administrative, financial, and practical levels, and said: "El-Mina municipality suffers from a severe shortage in many mechanisms that are necessary to accomplish missions in the domain of development and services, causing so a delay in implementing the obligations, in addition to an increase in the services’ prices. He gave the example of street lighting which the city is suffering from since the end of last year. The municipality does not have a lever to raise workers up to the lanterns, and so it has to rent one each time needed.

In addition, he talked about the routine in expending the necessary money when buying the municipality’s needs, and said that ministries are not answering its requests as fast as it has to be, and that the delay in issuing the balance is negatively affecting the municipality’s performance and decisions".

He continued saying: "I think the administrative centralization which is given much importance from the Ministry of Interior, particularly from the minister Ziad Baroud, is quite enough to eliminate most of these obstacles".

The meeting was concluded with a dialogue between the two presidents of both municipalities and the audience about developmental and active affairs, in addition to the future of some projects that are supposed to be implemented. At the end, everyone was invited to a cocktail.

The harms of puffer fishes on fishing in El-Mina

The Environment Care Committee, in cooperation with the Order of Fishermen, the Fishermen Cooperation in the North, and the Institute of Environment at the University of Balamand, launched an invitation for the scientific conference entitled "The harms of puffer fishes on fishing”. Moreover, it called for limiting the reproduction of this specie on the Lebanese coast in order to stop killing the fishes, and consequently, poisoning and killing the people. The conference was attended by Ambassador Mohammad Issa, the municipality president and some members from the municipal council, in addition to the president and the members from the general and administrative committees of the Environment Care Committee, and many members from the Order of Fishermen and the Fishermen Cooperation.

First, the Engineer Amer Haddad said on behalf of the Committee: “We called for this meeting with the fishing sectors because of the danger threatening our coast and fishes considered as the treasure of El-Mina and its neighborhood. A new fish just appeared in our marine space and is presenting a serious danger on fishermen and in other people’s life, as well as on all forms and kinds of fishes.




He added: "This dangerous situation pushes us all to take immediate decisions and find solutions to stop the reproduction of any specie of puffer fishes. This issue is not a future problem that may occur, but it's rather a real problem that fishermen are already experiencing, and whose poisoning effect is extending on to many families and children. For this reason, we met with specialized persons at the University of Balamand to define the problem and try to reach practical suggestions in order to stop the danger of this catastrophe".

Dr. Manal Nader, a member in the committee of the Palms Islands Reserve, said: "We are a team of scientists at the University of Balamand, and we began to study this phenomenon since two months. Now, we are proposing you our cooperation to get more information about the puffer fishes' species and to find solutions to stop this proliferation. Through field work and laboratory experiments, we knew that this fish is harmful and has negative effects on the fish kinds and on fishermen all along the Lebanese coast. In Cyprus and Greece, teams began to work on finding solutions to fight against this fish.

A scientific documentary that was prepared by the study team at the University of Balamand, Shadi Al-Andari and Layal Boustani, presented some information on the fish and its species existing in Lebanon.

During the film screening, Shadi Al-Andari said that puffer fishes grow rapidly, and so they can reproduce after being two years old. It reached the Lebanese coast through marine channels from the Indian Ocean, affecting so negatively the environmental balance of the Mediterranean Sea, and all the fish and shell kinds, in addition to various marine creatures. This fish can quickly get acquainted to a new environment. It has very strong teeth and jaw so it can tear the fishermen's nets; its liver, glands and skin contain a fatal poison which cannot be affected by the temperature and which may cause paralysis to those who eat it. Several deaths and diseases already occurred in Lebanon because of this fish.



In addition, Layal Boustani said that the working team at the university found about 120 species of puffer fishes whose poison increases while growing. Similarly, it has clarified that the dissection of these fishes showed the existence of cuttlefishes, shrimps and octopuses in their bellies.

A committee will be founded from the Order of Fishermen, the Environment Care Committee and El-Mina Municipality, in cooperation with the University of Balamand, in order to push officials for finding short and long term quick solutions aiming to support and encourage fishermen to catch this fish and its species and stopping their spread. In addition, this committee will give the fishermen a sum of money as compensation for the fishing expenses. All the caught fishes will be given to the working scientific research team. Meetings will always be held to discuss the suggestions of fighting this fish.



The Italian Ambassador in El-Mina


The North welcomed the Italian Ambassador Giuseppe Morabito and the Italian Honorary Consulate Saad Ghandour and several members from the embassy. They visited first the President Omar Karami and then the depute Samir El-Jisr. Moreover, the ambassador went to Tripoli and El-Mina municipalities and met respectively with their presidents Dr. Nader Al-Ghazal and Ambassador Mohamad Issa, where they discussed the local and regional situations, and the relations between Lebanon and Italy.

The president of El-Mina municipality, Dr. Mohamad Issa welcomed the Italian Ambassador Giuseppe Morabito, and the Italian consulate Ghandour Saadi, in the presence of the Italian commercial attaché Valentina Gambelunghe, the council’s members, and the journalist Antonio Rigan; they discussed all together the relations between Lebanon and Italy.

The president informed the ambassador about the conditions of tourism, economics and commerce in El-Mina, ensuring that the relationships between El-Mina and Italian cities go back to several centuries and decades with the marine commercial movement in Mediterranean Sea.

He also said that the economic situation in El-Mina is currently having a recession, and hoped that the economic and commercial life will soon return to its prosperity, especially after deepening and improving the harbor, and establishing of the economic zone.

Moreover, he stressed on the importance of activating the relationship and the links between El-Mina and Italy.

The ambassador Morabito, in his turn, expressed his pleasure about the qualifications of the tourism in El-Mina, especially concerning the coastal islands, and insisted on the support that Italy wants to provide in order to encourage the investment in Lebanon, through executing many projects in economics and tourism, particularly in Tripoli harbor.

At the end, the consulate Ghandour talked about El-Mina’s qualifications that can be used in order to execute many projects and establishments in the tourism, economics and commerce fields, especially in the beautiful islands near the historic harbor, and many activities and crafts specific to the region, such as ships and boats construction that requires material and moral support.

May 4, 2011
The American embassy delegation inspects
the projects of the Palms Islands Reserve


A delegation from the American Embassy in Beirut visited the Environment Care Committee in El-Mina in order to inspect the common projects executed in El-Mina Islands, especially in the Palms Island and Arramkīn Island on both environmental and monumental level.

The delegation is formed of the cultural attaché Jennifer Williams, the director of cultural programs Diana Qobti. The Environment Care Committee was represented by Engineer Amer Haddad and many members from the general and administrative committee.

Williams said that “the project being executed in the Palms Islands and Arramkīn Island, facing El-Mina Beach, began since 2009, and is financed by the American Embassy in Lebanon based on a study aiming to discover monuments in El-Mina’s Islands and to renovate them. This project is about to end; and we’re aiming to execute further projects in these islands and to take care of them because of the monuments found there, in addition to its environmental and natural beauty which can be used through big projects requiring a support from local and Lebanese committees in order to show their environmental and natural qualifications.

Engineer Haddad mentioned the material and moral contribution presented by the American Embassy in Beirut in the context of showing the cultural and environmental sites, and to use them locally through many developmental projects especially in El-Mina, and said: “We think that this support of the American Embassy on the cultural and developmental levels is offered during the absence of the care that political forces are supposed to provide for the local projects.

He added: “Previous studies showed the monument’s importance in El-Mina’s Islands especially the site of the Crusade Church and the old canons. We organized many activities and projects to maintain these monumental sites and to reveal them with their historical aspect.

Later on, a documentary film by Houda Rifaï was screened about the monumental sites in the islands before and after executing the projects.

Than, the entire group went directly in a marine trip to the islands to inspect the achieved works especially in the Reserve of the Palms’ Island.

The Municipality of El Mina
 launch a campaign
 " The Street is clean “
 Tripoli El-mina- Farah Antoun Street & Dr. Jacob Lebban Street
Sunday, May 15 10h :am -13h:am

The Purpose:

Supporting the local population of Farah Antoun street and Dr. Jacob Lebban street ,to maintain the cleanliness of the street and re-beautify.

Participants in the activity:

Residents, shop owners, schools, local associations, volunteers, municipalities

The anticipated results:

1. Sustainable hygiene

2. Beautiful roads and walls

3. Promote a culture of hygiene (the citizen's responsibility)

4. Establish a living example of an ideal model

The mechanism of action:

1. Preliminary Report, which includes photos, maps. ect ..

2. Locating interference

3. Identify problems, the study of the first solutions

4. Team identification of the population follows the work of a project officer for the environment with a warning moral

5. Launch media campaign from the start of work

6. Scripture and discussion of reports with evaluation of the activity

The campaign includes:

* Clean streets listed

* Tree planting and care of existing green spaces

* Set a number of waste containers

* Wash walls

* Put Signs for advertising

* Draw murals and "graphitic"

* Distribute basins of flowers on balconies and plant it.

* Develop slogans urging residents and visitors to maintain the cleanliness campaign

7 May 2011

The president of the municipality visited
two educative institutions from the Projects’ Association

The president of El-Mina municipality, Ambassador Mohamad Issa and several members from the municipal council visited the Islamic Culture College and the Higher Institute of Technology, belonging to the Association of Islamic Charity Projects, where they were welcomed by the principals and the members of the educational committees in the Association’s Schools in the North.

The delegation visited the classrooms where it was welcomed by the school’s Scouts playing drums and the students speaking several speeches.

Moreover, it got informed about the educational conditions in the Association’s schools and expressed its pleasure about the curriculum adopted and the satisfactory results in official exams.

Issa called for reinforcing the foundations of these schools distinguished by their academic level.

At the end of the visit, Issa was offered an appreciation armour.

April 27, 2011
The Children’s Day

On the occasion of the Child’s Day, the social committee of El-Mina municipal council organized a big celebration, as part of its activities, in the Collège National Orthodoxe with the participation of associations in the city, and under the supervision of the Youth Orthodox Movement.

The celebration attended by around 180 children, began with a film that all people liked. Then, several entertaining and cultural games in addition to handicrafts were organized for them.

At the end, the organizers saluted the children and their parents who were all very happy. The committee thanks everyone who contributed in realizing this celebration.

The social committee of El-Mina municipal council
"President Riad El-Solh", a new street in El-Mina

El-Mina municipality honored the late president Riad El-Solh by giving his name to one of El-Mina streets, going from the Central Place, El-Mina eastern gate, to the city itself, in order to honor his humanitarian activities and achievements, in addition to his role in realizing Lebanon's Independence.

The celebration was in the Municipal Palace under the patronage and in presence of the former Minister Layla El-Solh, the honoree’s daughter and vice president of Al-Waleed Ben Talal Humanitarian Foundation. In addition, there were Sheikh Malek Al-Shaar, Mufti of Tripoli and the North; Father Gregorios Moussa representing Metropolitan Ephram Keriakos, Archbishop of Tripoli and Koura; Moqbel Malek representing President Najib Mikati; Mr. Mostafa El-Helwe representing Minister Mohamad Al-Safadi; Issam Kabbara; Ambassador Dr. Mohamad Issa, president of El-Mina municipality; Maged Ghamrawi, president of Al-Baddawi municipality; the Brigadier General Ali Khalife, Commander of North Lebanon; Brigadier General Bassam Al-Ayoubi, Commander of Tripoli Company; Dr. Fawaz Al-Baba, President of the Lebanese Order of Physicians in Tripoli; Engineer Attieh Merheb representing the Order of Engineers and Architects of Tripoli; Sheikh Nasser Saleh, president of the Islamic Association for Ethical Generosity in El-Mina; Atef Tabash, the Harbor’s president.

The celebration began with a welcoming word pronounced by Mohamad El-Helwe, member in the municipal council, and then Mohamad Issa talked about the national opinions of President El-Solh, the Independence’s hero, which were the cause of giving his name to a street in El-Mina. He said: “President El-Solh is one of the most famous persons in Lebanon. Desperately, he was assassinated in 1951 by a party that didn’t realize the loss that will happen in Lebanon and the Arab World. President EL-Solh is one of the Independence’s pioneers, and he is known through the first government’s discourse he formed after the Independence in 1943, which was like the national pact that organized the relations among the Lebanese until 1957”.

He continued saying: “I must say that ‘President Riad El-Solh Street’ will be next to Martyr Rafic Hariri Plaza and crossing Martyr Rashid Karame Street, having so a region shared by three of the most noble and loyal persons in Lebanon. I hope that this Lebanese tragedy will end up soon and that these great men’s death will be a sacrifice for this country”.

Minister Layla El-Solh thanked the municipal council for this initiative, and said: “This meeting and this initiative assured that President El-Solh is still in the people’s hearts while we’re living a lack of bravery and patriotism, and a lot of betrayal and detestation”.

After the cocktail, the audience went to the Central Place where the commemorative board was unveiled. Sheikh Malek Al-Shaar, Mufti of Tripoli and Koura, improvised a word on the spot considering that “president El-Solh is always in the Lebanese’s thoughts as he is the symbol of the Independence”, and insisting on the fact that “we need such men to pursue our way of reform, of construction and of charity”.

Closure of the photo exhibition of Tripoli railway station with “Revive Lebanon’s veins”

El-Mina municipality, in cooperation with Friends of Tripoli Railway Station, has closed its 50th photo exhibition in the conference room at El-Mina Municipal Palace on Saturday, March 26, 2011. The photos were taken by 10 Lebanese photographers and show the steps the station passed by since its construction, and the functioning of the first train from Tripoli to Homs in 1911. The exhibition, attended by the Ambassador Dr. Mohammad Issa the municipality’s president, some council members, and interested people, began with the speech of Mr. Elias Khlat President of Friends of Tripoli Railway Station. He referred to the efforts made in order to resurrect the station, to and withdraw it from oblivion, and focused mainly on the first step of construction at the end of the Ottoman period, and on the establishment of a company for installing the railway between Tripoli and Homs before they decide to make the train function between Tripoli and Beirut. The screened documentary “Resurrecting Lebanon’s veins” was prepared by Sandra Abi Rashed, Nancy Azzi and Joelle Bitar in 2009 as a diploma final project in the Institute of Tourism. Thus, Joelle Bitar shared with the audience concerning her experience while preparing the film on Lebanon’s trains. In addition, the municipality’s president talked about his memories of the 1960s when the wheel used to turn between Lebanon, Syria and Turkey, and evoked the efforts of the Friends of Tripoli Railway Station with the initiative of Mr. Elias Khlat. In addition, he mentioned the first steps El-Mina municipality began to execute, going from cleaning the station’s entrance until restoring its internal buildings, in coordination with the Railway Sector in Lebanon. The event ended by an open discussion with the audience.


Save Our Station

El-Mina Municipality and the Friends of Tripoli Railway Station celebrate the station’s first century on Saturday, March 5th in the conference room in El-Mina’s Municipal Palace. The celebration was attended by Dr. Antoine El-Kick vice president of the municipality representing the President Ambassador Dr. Mohammad Issa, the members of the municipal council, former Minister Dr. Sami Minkara president of Al-Manar University, and some religious, military and political persons, in addition to several families from Tripoli and El-Mina.

"Save Our Station" is the title of the photo exhibition made by some Lebanese photographers who have excelled in their art and taste, and focused on the historical period and its heritage and economic values in Lebanon, particularly in the North. The event began with a speech by the lawyer Roula Rashid Derbas, a member in the municipal council, who spoke about the station's history, and benefited from its century to reanimate this vein linking Lebanon to its neighborhood, with the participation of Friends of Tripoli Railway Station. Before the celebration, the municipality organized a cleaning campaign for the station, with the permission of the Railway Sector, in order to restore it and transform it into a museum similar to European ones. Finally, Derbas asked all concerned people to work hard for making the "Orient Express" function again.

Then, Mr. Elias Khlat, President of Friends of Tripoli Railway Station, exposed a film about the station's history, and described all the old trains, including the two G7 rusty ones built in 1895, in addition to its monumental buildings almost destroyed which look like those in the south of France. This French-Turkish architectural heritage is a right for Tripoli and El-Mina citizens who contributed in building the station in 1908, established the first company in the East called "Anonymous", and assigned the French company "Sushi" to execute this project. The Orient Express walked for the first time from El-Mina to Homs, in the middle of the 1911, during a big celebration in the occasion of this important event. It worked for three years until the beginning of the First World War and resumed its activity after the end of the war. During the French Mandate, Tripoli station became a public property, and after the Independence, a Lebanese property. Mr. Khlat supported the requests of Tripoli Municipality, the League of Al-Fayhaa Municipalities, the Lebanese Cultural Association in the World, the French Association for Protecting the Tripolitan Heritage (whose center is in Paris), Safadi Foundation and El-Mina Municipality, so that everyone can contemplate this special economical and monumental site in the north.

At the end of the event, a lot of signatures were written on the petition to protect Tripoli Railway, knowing that many signatures collected from several countries are already included in this important file at the Ministry of Culture.

The exhibition stays for three weeks and ends with the screening of a documentary film about Lebanese Train’s history as being one of the economical veins linking Lebanon to its neighborhood.



Roula Derbas’ Speech

On behalf of the Council's President and members;

On behalf of the Cultural Committee of El-Mina Municipality;

I welcome every one of you: officials, friends and interested persons. When the wheel was attached to the train in Tripoli station, it didn't know it will be directed back for 100 years ago; it thought it will carry passengers forward, towards a large horizon and a modern world.

The wheel didn't know it was designed to stop after it used to turn in European regions since around 100 years. Here is the train complaining "I'm one of the inoperative public services in the north; I am a destroyed monument although I am the treatment for the veins between Lebanon and its neighborhood. Who has stopped my engines? Who has covered me with rust? Who has dilapidated and left me? "

The station talks about itself ... after 100 years. Instead of being one of the sources for prosperity and economical development, it has been secluded with its city on isolated shelves.

Yet it adds:

“Despite of this inoperative place, I perceived an interest that withdrew me from my solitude and let me feel that someone cares for me and recognizes my importance in economics, heritage and art. My fine style has attracted a group of nice people who took me as a friend and eliminated my anxiety. They reassured me that they will never leave me alone, so I provided them places to rest on my luxurious seats throughout a time travel, gave them my secrets and considered them guardians for my memories”.

 “Although my name is ‘Tripoli Railway Station’, I am part of Askaleh (referring to the French word Escale which means a stopover) which was an essential stop station to all travelers in order to enjoy the city’s wide horizon and to relax from the trip on the beautiful beach before getting ready for another trip”.

“Askaleh citizens noticed that I need them and that they must unite to my lovers, and recognized my value. Thus they decided give me back progressively my life in the occasion of my century ... in cooperation with the Railway and Common Transport Sector. Every one decided to give me back my elegance, to provide me with love and refreshing water, to eradicate spoiled herbs ... to give me great importance and to take care of me and protect me”.

I ask the station the permission to declare that El-Mina municipality, in cooperation with the Railway and the Common Transport Sector, Friends of Tripoli Railway Station, and Tripoli Foundation, has organized a comprehensive program to refresh the site through many activities beginning today with the exhibition and the conference of the station’s first friend Elias Khlat. Moreover, there is a documentary film entitled “Reviving Lebanon’s” which will be screened on Saturday, March 26, 2011 at 6 pm, a campaign of cleaning, tree planting and lighting for the station. In addition it will be opening for a certain time in order to let people observe the special monumental buildings”.

The station ended its speech by saying: “The ‘Musée d’Orsay’ in France is no less important than me, our origins are the same, but I aspire that my destiny be like its; is it possible?”

I give the floor now to Mr. Elias Khlat, the Station’s expert and friend.

Free medical day

The Municipality of El Mina
in collaboration with a group of specialists doctors
A free medical day
at Andre Nahas official school for girls
during the day of Sunday, 06/05/2011

The Opening of the Clinic of health "AZM" in El Mina


Under the Patronage of the First Minister Najib Mikati, Azm & Saade Association has organized the ceremony for the opening of the Health Clinic near the lebban roundabout in El Mina, in the presence of representative of the first Minister Mikati Mr. Abdel-Kader Alameddine, the president of the municipality of El Mina Ambassador Dr. Mohamad Issa, El Mina mayors, El Mina council municipality members and some of religious, political ,social and participants.

Fisrt Dr Salah Ghandour, the official head of the health sector Azm & Saade Association Dr Salah Ghandour, said : "Prime Minister Najib Mikati and his brother Taha, founded the concept of the Association Azm & Saade witch is the human well-being through the human development, and we are working together to provide health care and the highest levels of quality to raise the level of the health of our people in Mina , Tripoli and the North. " He added: "The health sector of the Association has provided more than 300,000 health care services for 60,000 people in recent years."

Second The representative of Prime Minister Najib Mikati, Abdel-Kader Alameddine send the greetings of the Prime Minister to the participants and said: "This clinical join to other institutions Azm & Saade Association in Tripoli and Mina, it’s a contribution from the Association and the leadership of Prime Minister to work with the citizens in order to have a better life.

This Association is always looking to serve the citizens and help the civil society life.

He added: "Azm & Saade Association and the orientation of the president Najib Mikati have never stopped working in the development projects at all levels of health and socio-cultural ,Today we are opening the clinic whom doctors and lab are in service for El Mina citizens and after two days we ‘re going to open under the patronage of prime minister the AZM CULTUREL CENTER –House of Art to be a cultural & artistic platform that will put El Mina and Tripoli on the cultural map and tourist Arab world.


Join us for a carfree day
Under The High Patronage of his excellency
The President of the republic of Lebanon
Join us for a carfree day In Tripoli & Mina cities
on Sunday,13 November 2011

The Mina-Tripoli Carfree Day is an initiative of the Tripoli Youth Network, and supported by BankMed, and Maurice Fadel Prize. It aims at promoting an environmentally friendly culture in Tripoli and Lebanon by banning cars in 2 major axes of Tripoli and Mina and organizing, within this track, sports, cultural and entertaining events, to which all inhabitants of Tripoli and beyond would be invited to participate.
The Tripoli Youth Network is a coalition of Non-Governmental Organizations operating in Tripoli and run by young active citizens driven by a common mission to positively contribute to the city of Tripoli as well as the nation of Lebanon as a whole. The Network and its constituencies have thus joined forces for organizing their first initiative: “A Carfree Day in Tripoli Mega-Event” promoting a better environment and responsible citizenship. During this Mega Green Event we aim at:

 • Raising awareness about the environment and the environmental challenges confronting Lebanon in General and the North in particular.
 • Educating people on how they can become eco-friendly, and demonstrating in particular ways in which they can enjoy their city without necessarily being dependent on their cars, which is a major cause of air, noise, and visual pollution.
 • Giving local citizens the opportunity to enjoy the space freed from cars and rediscover their city and the treasures within it, While Remaining A POLITACILLY NEUTRAL Event.

 Carfree Day in Tripoli and Mina Cities is on Sunday the 13th of November 2011. Super shiny sun or shy sun hidden under tiny water drops, BOOK your calendar and plan for a FULLY BOOKED day from 12 PM till 6 PM!
Our program is simple! 6 hours of none stop environmental, sports, artistic, urban arts, musical, cultural, entertainment activities for everyone.
• At 12:00 p.m. – The Inauguration Ceremony Under the High Patronage of His Excellency The President of the Republic of Lebanon General Michel SLEIMAN.
 • From 1:00 pm till 6:00 pm – The Launching of all the Activities.

Have you ever thought that a huge stage will be placed in the middle of the cross roads near Dar el Chamal with famous bands and singers playing and performing for 6-8 hours none stop and another humungous stage standing in Cornish El Mina sparkling with Lebanese star bands and rocking the place where the sea breeze playing with your hair and your heart pounding from joy? Did you ever think that BENETTON’s side walk will alter to become a kids zone? Did it ever came across your mind that you can bring your couch and use the asphalt roads as your rug? Have you ever dreamed of exploring your city, walking, jogging, skateboarding, “scootering”, cycling without worrying about the horns howling and damaging your serenity and peace of mind or a crazy car or truck carless about your escapade hunting your path? Don’t you just simply wish to take a nice long walk with your friends and family, shopping, exploring, learning, enjoying and that’s in two major road axes in Tripoli and Mina when seeing them “Carfree” was only a far far far impossible day dream?

Unlimited activities, nonstop artistic performances, 6 basketball playgrounds, urban arts, graffiti, awareness stands, food, beverages, 10 km race, solar car race, bike promenades, air blown games, paint ball, and so much more; Tripoli and Mina Cities will be as never seen before!

Saturday Night-12 November 2011:

Performance by the Superstar Ragheb Alama, Ambassador of the United Nations campaign for the Environment Program. (Tickets sold at Virgin Megastores for $10, $30, $50, $200)


Sunday All Day Long-13 November 2011:

• Drawings exhibition

 • Kids zone

 • Photo Competition

 • 6 basket ball playgrounds

 • 4 football playgrounds

 • Grafitti

 • Urban arts by Gilbert Extreme

 • More than 100 stands distributed among reputable green NGOs, your favorite foods and drinks and entertaining activities

 • Scouts parades

 • 4 bus stations to pick interested participants from one location to an other

 • 10 Km Race: (in association with • 4 bus stations to pick interested participants from one location to an other

 • 10 Km Race: (in association with Ma’an Loubnan)

     - All runners MUST gather at 11:00 P.M. in the Start Area

    -The Race will start at 1:00 P.M. sharp

    - “START” location point is at the same point across the street from where the Solar Tiny Cars race will start. The 10 Km race will “FINISH” at the same point as the “START”

    - Runners will be headed towards Al Fedde Beach Restaurant, turn around Al Manara Restaurant then head back to the starting point. This course will be covered three times.

    - This is race will be supervised by the “Lebanese Federation of Athletes”

• On Mina Stage Performances: o Mr. Vergo (Arabic rap, Tripoli Band)

    - Killer Muffin(Grunge and Garage, Tripoli Band)

    - Toxic Trash(Punk, Tripoli Band)

    - Venemy (Metal, Beirut Band)

    - Kristen Hope (Folk, US Band)

     - Hezb L Taleta (Electro, Beirut Band)

     - Adonis (Arabic pop fusion, Beirut Band)

     - The Incompetents (Indie, Beirut Band)

     -  Lazzy Lung (Indie, Rock, Canada, Beirut Band)

     -  Belime

 • On Tripoli Stage Performances:

     -  Demons (Rock, Tripoli Band)

     - Mohamad Cha’ar

     - 7 Ta2aT (Rap, Tripoli Band)

     - Capoera

     -  Howl (English Pop, Tripoli Band)

     - Tirashrash

And many many more…