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Mount Lebanon Governorate

Area Size: 1,939 Km2
Population: 448,376 (2016)
Districts: Jbeil, Keserwan, Matn, Baabda, Aaley, Chouf
Administrative Center: Baabda
Number of municipalities: 326
Number of Projects that benefited from IDAL’s incentives: 21
Unemployment rate: 5% (2011)

 

LOCATION AND TOPOGRAPHY:

 

The Mount Lebanon Governorate spans, except for Beirut, along the Mediterranean coast, limited by the North Lebanon Governorate to its North, and the South Lebanon Governorate to its South.  Its Eastern frontier borders the Bekaa and the Baalbek-Hermel Governorates.  

The governorate has an altitude ranging between 0  to 3,000 meters above sea level. It spans across different geographical characteristics, including urbanized areas, mixed rural areas, and natural areas. It is crossed by 4 rivers (Nahr el Kalb, Beirut river, Damour river, Awali river, and Ibrahim river), and is home to the Shabrouh Dam, which has a capacity of 8 million cubic meters of water.

 

MAIN ECONOMIC ACTIVITY:

 

  • Industry: Mount Lebanon’s economy is mainly based on industrial activities. The Governorate contains the highest concentration of industrial firms in Lebanon, hosting 58% of the total number Lebanese industrial firms . The majority of these firms are agro-food companies (17.93%), accounting for 34% of the total number of agro-food companies in Lebanon. This sector is followed by paper and printing companies, accounting for 13.15% of industrial firms of Mount Lebanon. [1]
  • Agriculture: Mount Lebanon is also an important agricultural zone, albeit with lower shares of cultivated land than in regions such as the Bekaa, due to its rough landscape.

 

 COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGES:


  • 21 universities
  • 20 big investments have already been undertaken in different sectors. These investments totaled more than USD 385.697 million, creating more than 2,394 direct jobs, and 5,572 indirect jobs. This highlights the capacity of the region to grasp important investment projects.
  • More than 12 industrial zones in Mount Lebanon, presenting important opportunities for the development of industrial projects in the region.
  • Proximity to the port of Beirut, Lebanon’s largest port, presents important export opportunities for industrial projects in the region.
  • Lebanese Agriculture Research Institute (LARI), a governmental organization under Minister of Agriculture that conducts applied and basic scientific research for the development and advancement of the agricultural sector in Lebanon has a main research center located in Mount Lebanon where if focuses on animal health, vaccine production, viruses, quality control, plant protection and nutrition issues. 

 

INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES:

 

  • Industry: The presence of more than 12 industrial zones in Mount Lebanon and the proximity to the port of Beirut, Lebanon’s largest port, presents important opportunities for the development of industrial projects in the region.
    • Chemicals, Pharmaceuticals, and Plastics: through IDAL, USD 95.8 million were already invested from 5 companies in Mount Lebanon in the pharmaceutical sector, and USD 29.3 million were invested in the chemical and plastics industry.
  • Agro-Food: the proximity of the Mount Lebanon governorate to important national agricultural areas such as the Bekaa valley, provides easier access to fresh agriculture produce.
  • Tourism: 5 of the 9 most visited touristic attractions of the country are located in Mount Lebanon. There are 260 hotels in the Governorate, the highest concentration of hotels by Governorate excluding Beirut.


[1] Companies of more than 8 employees - Directory of Exports and Industrial Firms, 2015-2016

CHOUF DISTRICT

Area Size: 495 Km2
Population: 204,743 (2016)
Governorate: Mount Lebanon
Administrative Center: Beit Ed Dine
Number of municipalities: 75

 

LOCATION AND TOPOGRAPHY:

 

The Chouf is one of the 6 districts of the Mount Lebanon Governorate, one of Lebanon’s 8 Governorates. It is bordered by the Aaley district to its North, the Jezzine District to its South, the West Bekaa to its East, and the Mediterranean sea to its West. It is situated around 30 min away from the port of Beirut, Lebanon’s main port.

The Chouf is the largest district of the Mount Lebanon Governorate, accounting for 25% of the Governorate’s total size. Its territory spans from the Mediterranean coast to the west to the heights of the Barouk Mountains, at an altitude ranging from 0 to 2,000 meters. It extends from the Damour River to its North to the Awali river to its South.  It is mostly composed of mixed rural areas and natural areas, with few main agricultural territories and is home to the Chouf Nature Reserve, the largest nature reserve in Lebanon.


MAIN ECONOMIC ACTIVITY:


  • Industry:  The District is home to 109 industrial companies, 35% of which operate in the agro-food sector, followed by non-mineral mining products (13%) and chemicals and plastics (10%).
  • Agriculture: The district’s economy is also boosted by the presence of vast agricultural lands. The permanent agricultural land of the Chouf district covers an area of 64,676 dounoum, while seasonal agriculture land covers an area of 5,018 dounoum.

 

COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGES:


  • 9 universities, 1 of which is public
  • Situated around 30 min away from the port of Beirut, Lebanon’s main port
  • Very low illiteracy rate of 1%, with around 30,000 students enrolled in schools
  • Presence of the Chouf Nature Reserve, the largest nature reserve in Lebanon
  • Presence of industrial zones: Around 40% of industrial company owners chose to operate from the Chouf district because of the presence of Industrial Zones [1]. Indeed, there is 1 industrial zone in the Chouf as approved by the Council of Ministers, in addition to 5 non-industrial zones with existing industrial activities.

 

INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES:

 

  • Olive Oil: 51.1% of permanent agricultural land of the Chouf is used for the plantation of olive trees. Trees are grown in Baakline, Niha, Khraybeh and Joun.
  • Wine Production: The Chouf mountain is draped with picturesque vineyards where high-end wines could be produced but there are currently only 2 wineries operating in the Chouf.
  • Seaside and Eco-Tourism: The Chouf nature reserve is an important location for the conservation of flora and fauna species, providing opportunities for eco-tourism that remain untapped, in addition to important summer and  seaside tourism attractions.


[1] Survey of 15 companies – IDAL, 2016

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