SMES 2015 - Security Middle East Show
SMES 2015 - Security Middle East Show
SMES 2015 - About Lebanon
About Lebanon

   Why Lebanon

Selecting Lebanon for SMES was largely due to the unique role this small Mediterranean country has always played in the region. Many describe Lebanon as the “political thermometer” of the region.

Despite all the troubles it has gone through, Lebanon remains a major hub to events and exhibitions. With major luxury hotels, a modern airport, conferencing facilities, communication and transportation infrastructure, and efficient business services the Lebanese capital Beirut remains an attractive venue for major trade shows.

SMES will take place at a time when Lebanon is entering a new phase with President, General Michel Sleiman.The event has full support of the Ministries of Defense and Interior, The Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) and Internal Security Forces (ISF).

Senior Arab and foreign security delegations will be invited by the Ministry of Interior to attend SMES 2014.

Beirut is also nicely and conveniently located in between the Arab Gulf countries, North Africa and Europe, which would make it an easy short flight to exhibitors and trade visitors. SMES 2014 will take place at BIEL a high security modern facility that is situated on the waterfront side of Downtown Beirut and next to the city’s port and easily accessible to commuters coming from various sides of the capital or the country.

Rich with highly-educated manpower and multi-skilled labor force with relatively low wages, Lebanon is a good base for starting a high-tech security industry. SMES will provide a good opportunity for wealthy investors, from inside and outside Lebanon, to discuss with industry executives possible business opportunities in the country.

Lebanese are known internationally for their distinct marketing and public relations capabilities, which would enable them to develop a successful regional light security industry. A country well suited for a class-A type of event.

   About Lebanon

Beirut's commonly called "Paris of the East," is certainly well deserved, with plenty of sightseeing, shopping, cuisine, and nightlife to keep any fast-moving bon viveur ("enjoyer of the high life") within the city limits for the duration of his or her stay.

However, also consider the fabulous countryside beyond Beirut if you're looking for a true taste of Lebanon, an experience best found through a more lengthy exploration of the country's mountain villages, small seaside towns, and vibrant agricultural hamlets.

Take the breathtaking Qadisha Valley (or “Holy Valley”), once a refuge for Maronite Christian followers, which now provides sanctuaries of a different kind: serpentine hiking trails, fast-flowing mountain streams, and beautiful alpine views offer a natural escape for Lebanese and tourists alike.

In fact, Lebanon's outdoor adventure scene is increasingly popular, and a growing number of small, local enterprises and outfitters are fueling something of an ecotourism boom.

Lebanon beyond Beirut caters to more than just high-octane thrill-seekers. In a landscape reminiscent at times of Tuscany or the hilly terrain of coastal California, leisurely walks in the beautiful mountain gorges, through red-roofed villages and past 1,000-year-old cedars, will certainly provide a tranquil alternative to Beirut's many cosmopolitan delights. Historical and cultural escapes are also close at hand. Tour the country's many archaeological and religious sites in the south, and spend the next day learning about organic farming with lunch at the farm.

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The trendy Solidere area of downtown Beirut has been beautifully restored and is a center for family outings, cafes, shopping, and leisurely walks.

The government has paid special attention to rebuilding this area since the war, and today the buildings are magnificant architectural gems, with yellow stonework, arabesque archways, and wrought-iron scrollwork. The cobblestone pedestrian streets are lined with shops selling unique traditional crafts, trendy designer fashions, jewelry, and many other things. There are over 70 restaurants and sidewalk cafes, which are popular places to spend a warm evening.

At the center of Solidere is the Place dEtoile and Clock Tower, a popular area for children to ride bikes and play while their parents relax at a nearby cafe. Solidere is also home to several Roman ruins sites that have been uncovered and preserved, several notable mosques and churches, and the National Parliament Building.
Baalbek's awe-inspiring temples and city ruins are among the largest and finest examples of Roman architecture in the world. Visitors can easily spend several hours, or an entire day, exploring the wonders of this ancient city – from the grandeur of the columned temples to the intricately carved stonework, and the sheer size of the stones used to construct the temples. Like many archaeologists and historians, you will be amazed at the ancient feats of engineering required to build these magnificent stone monuments.

Located in the fertile Békaa Valley, the city of Baalbek originated in Phoenician times as a place of worship to Baal, the Phoenician Sun God. During the Hellenistic period (333-64 B.C.), the Greeks named the city Heliopolis, or “City of the Sun.” However, Baalbek entered its golden age in 47 B.C., when Julius Caesar made it a Roman colony.
A thriving modern town built upon multiple layers of ruins, Byblos is a mix of sophistication and tradition. A contender for the title of “oldest continuously inhabited city,” Byblos is part of the coastal area once known as Canaan or Phoenicia. Modern scholars believe the site of Byblos dates back at least 7,000 years (5,000-4,000 BC).

The city’s current name is taken from the Greek word for “papyrus” (paper). Byblos was not only a major trading center and producer of papyrus, but is also famous for being the city where Phoenician scholars created the world’s first alphabet. Byblos has extensive archaeological ruins which have been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

The ruins range from Stone Age huts to a Roman theater to a Persian fortress and an impressive Crusader castle. Take a walk through the medieval quarter of the city and explore the old souqs (markets), the medieval ramparts, and several beautiful old churches.

The small, harbor was once a thriving commercial center, where Lebanon’s cedar wood was shipped thoughout the region in ancient times. Visit the Wax Museum and Fossil Museum to explore the region’s political and natural history. An international music festival is held in Byblos each summer.
Located in southern Lebanon, the Tyre Coast Nature Reserve comprises some of the best preserved sandy coastline in Lebanon. Recognized as a “wetlands of international importance” by the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, the reserve's artesian wells are the source of the fresh water.

The wells date back to Phoenician times – a period in which the city of Sour (Tyre) was one of the most important city states along the Phoenician coast. Besides the many species of plants and marsh birds that flourish in this delicate environment, the reserve is a nesting site for the endangered Loggerhead and Green Sea Turtles.

Visitors will enjoy exploring this coastal reserve on foot, by bicycle, or with snorkels and diving equipment.
The largest of Lebanon's nature reserves, the Al-Shouf Cedar Nature Reserve stretches from Dahr Al-Baidar in the north to Niha Mountain in the south. Blanketed with oak forests on its northeastern slopes and juniper and oak forests on its southeastern slopes, the reserve's most famous attractions are its three magnificent cedar forests of Maasser Ech-Chouf, Barouk, and Aain Zhalta-Bmahray.

These cedar forests account for a quarter of the remaining cedar forests in Lebanon, and some trees are estimated to be 2,000 years old. The size of the reserve makes it a good location for the conservation of medium sized mammals, such as the wolf and the Lebanese jungle cat, as well as various species of mountain birds and plants.

The Al-Shouf Cedar Nature Reserve is a popular destination for hiking and trekking, with trails catering to all levels of fitness. Bird watching, mountain biking, and snowshoeing are also popular. From the summit of the rugged mountains, visitors will find a panoramic view of the countryside, eastward to the Békaa Valley and Qaraoun Lake and westward toward the Mediterranean.
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