Suleiman tours the Shouf region

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President Michel Suleiman who is currently residing at the Beiteddine palace in the Shouf region of Mount Lebanon toured the Shouf region today and specially the Cedar Mountain areas of Barouk and Maaser el-Shouf and met the local residents.

He was accompanied by PSP leader MP Walid Jumblatt.

The two leaders visited Maaser el-Shouf and Shouf Cedar nature reserves.

Prior to his tour he discussed arming the military with Defense Minister Elias Murr and Police Chief Maj. Gen. Ashraf Rifi during 2 separate meetings.

Al Barouk cedar forest is a nature reserve known mainly for its cedar trees and other plants that enrich the area forming a magnificent ecological paradise.

Barouk National Reserve

Al Barouk cedar forest is a nature reserve known mainly for its cedar trees. It is one of three protected areas in Lebanon to benefit from the United Nations’ Protected Areas Project.

Barouk National reserve is the biggest natural reserve in Lebanon & the middle east. It is decorated by around 2 million majestic cedars trees.

Barouk river which is the source of fresh water for Mt Lebanon and the capital originates in the town of Barouk . Barouk is also the birthplace of Rachid Nakhleh, the famous poet that wrote the Lebanese national Anthem (kulluna lel watan).

Top Photo: President Michel Suleiman met during during his visit to the Cedar mountain in Barouk with the Druze Sheikhs of the area. the Shouf is considered a Druze stronghold.

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6 responses to “Suleiman tours the Shouf region”

  1. from this picture one tends to believe that all the residents of the Shouf area are Druze , mashaiekh….. anyway, its a way over due visit .. afterall the president needs to be in touch with all corners of Lebanon….

    non of the previous presidents visited that area…

  2. from this picture one tends to believe that all the residents of the Shouf area are Druze , mashaiekh….. anyway, its a way over due visit .. afterall the president needs to be in touch with all corners of Lebanon….

    non of the previous presidents visited that area…

  3. Leborigine Avatar
    Leborigine

    I do not want to sound biased because I am from there, LOL, but that is the best area in Lebanon, if not the middle east, in regards to climate, people and scenary. Lebanese patriotism and unity, thats where it all started.

    Nabih, it does seem that way, but believe it or not, I as a Xtian, dress the same way when I go home to Chouf. Some say that I am crazy, but hey, I love both cultures and my grandfather (Allah Yirhamoo) and other lder generation Xtians used to dress the same exactly. To me its more of a regional code than religious

  4. Leborigine Avatar
    Leborigine

    I do not want to sound biased because I am from there, LOL, but that is the best area in Lebanon, if not the middle east, in regards to climate, people and scenary. Lebanese patriotism and unity, thats where it all started.

    Nabih, it does seem that way, but believe it or not, I as a Xtian, dress the same way when I go home to Chouf. Some say that I am crazy, but hey, I love both cultures and my grandfather (Allah Yirhamoo) and other lder generation Xtians used to dress the same exactly. To me its more of a regional code than religious

  5. yay i went to shouf national colege in the 70s.

    7 more days to go and i can eat all the baklawa knefeh and enjoy the hell out of the mountains.

    leborigine i totally agree with you, il barouk is beautiful and the air is pure.

    cant wait.

  6. yay i went to shouf national colege in the 70s.

    7 more days to go and i can eat all the baklawa knefeh and enjoy the hell out of the mountains.

    leborigine i totally agree with you, il barouk is beautiful and the air is pure.

    cant wait.

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