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Nabatieh Governorate

Area Size: 1,058 Km2
Population: 276,285
Administrative Center: Nabatieh




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.




  • 3 universities are available in Nabatieh (Lebanese University faculty of Sciences, Lebanese International University and American University of Culture & Education).
  • Availability of wholesale farmers’ market that benefits more than 800 fruit and vegetable producers within the Nabatieh region.
  • 108 industrial firms (with at least eight employees) are available in Nabatieh governorate. The majority of these firms are involved in the agro-food and metal products industries (34% 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.




  • 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.
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