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Nabatieh Governorate

Area Size: 1,058 Km2
Population: 276,285 (as per latest estimates)
Districts: Bent Jbeil, Hasbaya, Marjaayoun, Nabatieh
Administrative Center: Nabatieh
Number of municipalities: 119
Unemployment rate: 6%




The Nabatieh governorate is divided into four districts which are the largest in South Lebanon (Nabatieh, Hasbaya, Bint Jbeil, and Marjeyoun).

The governorate is located in the central and eastern sector of South of Lebanon, with the Mount of Rihan and Jezine district on its northern border, Litani river valley to the East and South, and the fertile coastal plains to the west.  It has a total surface area of 1,058 km². Nabatieh city, the capital of the governorate, is 22 km away from Saida and 65km from Beirut.




  • Services: it is the first employer in the region (34%) with more than 349 companies available in the region.
  • Agriculture: the region has access to abundant water resources rendering the agriculture sector the third employer (14%) in the region. Around 85% of the cultivated land is used for the cultivation of olives.
  • Industry: more than 190 industrial firms are located in the region, 24% of which are engaged in agro-food related activities. In addition to the pottery making industry in Rachaya Al Fekhar, the only Lebanese region specializing in handmade pottery crafts.  



  • 10 universities are available in South Lebanon and Nabatieh with around 51,000 registered students.
  • Availability of wholesale farmers’ market that benefits more than 800 fruit and vegetable producers within the Nabatieh region.
  • 190 industrial firms are available in Nabatieh governorate. The majority of these firms are involved in the agro-food and metal products industries (24% and 15% respectively).
  • New business incubator South BIC that offers intensive incubation services to both start-ups and existing Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) operating in Nabatieh.
  • A plethora of archaeological, cultural and natural heritage sites such as Al Chqif citadel, Al Hasbani cascades, Wadi Al Hujeir nature reserve, Souk al khan and Tebnine castle.
  • Abundant water resources (Litani, Wazzani and Zahrani rivers).
  • More than 21% of olive oil production takes place in Nabatiyeh mainly in Hasbaya and Marjeyoun districts.
  • The agricultural cultivated lands in Nabatieh represent 11% of total cultivated area in Lebanon and these agricultural lands make the region suitable for the cultivation of following crops: citrus fruits (orange, mandarin, lemon, grapefruit), tropical trees(avocado, custard apple tree, loquat), carob, and sesame.
  • More than 138 natural and eco-touristic attractions are available in the Nabatieh governorate.




  • Agro-Food: The richness in trees and diversification in plants make the region very suitable for beekeeping and honey production activities. Opportunities also exist in the production of extra virgin olive oil from new varieties of olive such as Barnea (Senolia), Frantoio and other olive varieties obtained through new breeding techniques.
  • Tourism: Ample opportunities are available across the tourism sub-sectors such as the development of boutique hotels, hiking trails and many other eco-tourism activities.
  • Industry: the heritage of pottery making and the availability of skilled labor force can serve to develop an artisanal cluster in Rachaya Al Fekhar region.
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