A
- Advertising Agencies
- Architects


B
- Banks


C
- Car Dealers
- Car Rental
- Casinos
- Commerce
- Consulting
- Cosmetology
- Craft


D
- Data Processing &
Computer Systems
- Decoration &
Furnishing


E
- Editing
- Elementary Schools
- Engineering &
Contracting
- Environment / Waste
Management Services
- Express Delivery


F
- Fashion
- Financial Services
- Food & Beverage
- Furnished Apartments


H
- Health / Beauty
- Higher & Vocational
Training
- Home Appliances
- Hotels 3
- Hotels 4(A)
- Hotels 4(B)
- Hotels 5
- Hotel & Restaurant
Amenities


I
- Industry
- Insurance
- Interior Design /
Decoration
- Internet


J
- Jewelleries


L
- Lighting
- Luxury


M
- Media
- Music


O
- Office Equipment /
Electronics
- Oriental Carpets
- Outside Decoration


P
- Printing
- Promotional Materials


R
- Real Estate
- Recruitment
- Restaurants


S
- Sanitary Wares
- Security
- Services
- Sweets


T
- Taxi
- Telecommunication &
Mobile Phones
- Transport
- Travel Agencies
- Technical Studies


W
- Watches
- Water Treatment










 


 

Back to archives Back to news
French Version


Beirut parking lot to form seed of 'Mideast shopping capital' Kuwaiti-Lebanese project will transform city - The Daily Star

Landmark' will turn downtown site into complex with movie theaters, shops, health clubs, offices and condominiums.

The $52.5 million sale in July of a parking lot in Riad Solh Square has led to one of the most ambitious projects in downtown Beirut.

Solidere sold the lot, some 7,700 square meters, to Landmark, a joint Kuwaiti-Lebanese company. The lot will be part of a 50,000 square-meter space slated to become a state-of-the-art mixed-use facility that will include a shopping center, movie theaters, a hotel, apartments, condominiums, a health club and an office building. The site will also include underground parking. The prime Kuwaiti shareholders are Hamad al-Wazzan and Sheikha Souad al-Homaidi, and the chief Lebanese shareholders are Ahmed Baadarani and Nassif Karam. The total development cost is expected to reach a record $150 million. "Such a project will surely compete with Solidere's souqs and even Verdun," said a Solidere spokesman. With the construction of the 120,000 square-meter souqs expected to resume soon and the Landmark project, downtown Beirut could once again become the shopping center of the Middle East.

The main attraction of the project may not be the shopping center, which might be held by an international anchor tenant, nor the movie theaters, but the building itself. Millennium Development, a local land and real estate development firm with projects in Beirut, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Bahrain has been commissioned by Landmark to consult and advise on the project's conceptual design. Millennium has already invited Jean Nouvel, an internationally renowned architect, to prepare a design for "a modern architectural icon for Beirut," said the firm's town planning and real estate development manager, Oussama Kabbani. Nouvel is famed for his design of the Institute du Monde Arabe in Paris, an eye-catcher in the French capital. Nouvel, who visited Beirut and the Riad Solh plot this week to "get the feel and atmosphere of the city," according to Kabbani, has received a number of prestigious awards including the Equerre d'Argent for the best French building for the Institute du Monde Arabe and the Lyon Opera House in 1993.

"My design will be in the spirit of Beirut's history, but will also create a new Beirut," said Nouvel, adding that the project "will be a small city in a city."

Nouvel said that he expects to finish the preliminary designs by January and, if it is approved, the project will become a reality within two years. While in Beirut, the architect appeared taken by the city's charm and the possibilities of adding to an area that already includes ESCWA, the Grand Serail, the Grand Theater, Bank Street, Maarad Street and the new residential area of Wadi Abu Jamil.
"Downtown Beirut is one of the most amazing and beautiful cities I have ever seen, and I am glad to be able to leave my signature in this timeless city," he said.


Beirut 15-11-2002
Tarek El Zein
The Daily Star



BUSINESS
INFORMATION
Business News
Business Forum
Business Opportunities
Fairs & Exhibitions
Useful Addresses
Currency Exchange Rates
Context
GENERAL
INFORMATION
Geography
Some Marks
To see in Lebanon
FIRST LEBANON
INFORMATION
Media of 1stlebanon
Impact of 1stlebanon
Add your company
Press Book
WEBSITE SELECTION
Flowers delivery Lebanon
Flowers delivery Dubai
Oriental food specialty
Lebanese wine
Real estate agency Beirut
Hotel Hamra-Beirut
Car rental
Beirut-Lebanon
Rent a car lebanon
Reservation for your travel in Lebanon
Association des français de l'étranger
-section Liban
Diamond jewelry Lebanon
Jewelry manufacturer Lebanon
Jewelry watches-Swiss made watches
Diamond Swiss watches
Modern and comtemporary jewelry
Byzantine & Phoenician jewelry
Jewelry creation
Oriental, classical and traditional decoration
Hand made furniture
Construction management Lebanon
Projects development
Shoes manufacturer and distributor Lebanon
Sole agent of Philips & Whirlpool in Lebanon
Web development
Web marketing
Printing press services
Paper products
Insurance company Lebanon
Insurance Lebanon
Rent villas France
Hotels all over Syria
Hotel management company
University Lebanon
Arab Media News