October - December 2000
New Occupants in the City Center

Beirut Municipality

The restored Municipality building is now housing the offices of the president and members of the municipal council, as well as the Beirut Mohafez (administrator).

Italian foreign affairs minister Lamberto Dini officially inaugurated on November 22 the embassy offices in Nejmeh square. The Japanese delegation will be the first to move into SOLIDERE's embassy complex near the Serail. Other institutional tenants include the Economic and Social Council, in the Company's building 200 in the Nejmeh area; on street level will be NIKE and La Maison du Saumon's Salmontini gourmet restaurant.

With construction nearing completion, Audi Bank is moving soon to its new headquarters in Bab Idriss. Société Générale Libano-Européenne de Banque has opened in Riad El Solh street, and Bankers Assurance has moved into the Asseily building on Riad El Solh Square. CCF Finance Middle East is operating from building 170 in the Foch-Allenby area. Banca di Roma, reestablishing itself in the city center, has purchased building 1086 in Maarad street.

Cercle Hitti will have a second showroom in the Société Immobilière de Presse building on Martyrs' Square.

Wadih Mrad gift shop has opened in Nejmeh Square. In the Foch-Allenby area, Versace inaugurated its boutique in building 1135 on November 4. Three fashion oulets are opening in SOLIDERE properties in 2001: Kamishibaï in building 142, from which One Estate Middle East operates; If Boutique in building 1139; and Actuel in building 157. They will be joined by Noni, Aïshti, and Aïshti Home Collection in buildings 141, 143 and 144, all third-party properties. In 2002, GS is expected to occupy three floors in Patriarch Howayek street, in building 1342 developed by a sister company.

Returning to the city center, Aziz is finalizing the decoration of its enlarged gourmet food store in building 1238 Mina El Hosn. Grand Café has started decoration works prior to moving to the ground floor of SOLIDERE building 174. Planned in SOLIDERE building 201in Maarad street are Gilbert Khoury's pub-restaurant and an Italian restaurant by Premier Leisure (Boubes group). Another outlet of the latter chain, Metropolis, is due to open, together with L'Entrecôte, in building 286 in Maarad street.

The Starco commercial complex has added showrooms to its existing business, professional and institutional tenants.

Mont Blanc

Société Générale Libano-Européene de Banque

Bang & Olufsen