Beirut’s private coast articles

Tales from the sea

Tales from the sea

This article is part of an ongoing investigation on Beirut’s coast, from Raouche to Ramlet al-Baida. You can find the other articles here. *** It was 5 a.m. on Saturday May 2 when around 150 police officers descended on Dalieh. “I was there when they came,” Mohammad Itani tells Executive, speaking from outside the pile

Seashore, Inc.

There is a map of Beirut’s private coast from Dalieh to the southern city limits accompanying this article. You can find it here. *** On February 10, 1966, Inmaa Tourism and Hotels bought two plots of land on the sandy shores of Ramlet al-Baida. Eight years later, the company bought seven more plots, bringing its total

The coast of progress

As activists push ahead with a lawsuit to prevent the development of nearly 110,000 square meters of coastal land to the south of Beirut’s iconic Pigeon Rocks, Fahd Hariri — the son of late Prime Minister Rafic Hariri who has a stake in an investment company which indirectly owns some of the land — is

Achour-ed success

Even with the smell of untreated wastewater wafting into the air and urban waste effluents annoying bathers in the sea, the property shown on the Beirut cadastral map only as land parcel 3689 was clearly valuable. Real estate developer Wissam Achour must have seen these 5,188 square meters of sandy beach at the southern edge

Angry faces are painted on port construction material.

No project, but no public

This article is part of a continuing Executive investigation into public and private lands along Beirut’s western coast. For more stories in this series, click here. When the Ministry of Environment called today for the Municipality of Beirut to deny building permits on Raouche’s coastal Dalieh area, it didn’t faze the owners of the private property.

Raouche rumor mill

This article is part of a continuing Executive investigation into public and private lands along Beirut’s western coast. For more stories in this series, click here. No one knows what — if anything — is coming.  Rumors about the fate of a peninsula next to Beirut’s iconic Pigeon Rocks abound, but little is known for

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