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|Following SOLIDERE's successful smoking-cessation policy launched last November, the Company is encouraging other Lebanese institutions to follow that trend. Adressing over 50 executives on this subject on February 2, Company Chairman and General Manager Nasser Chammaa said: "To bring about a decline in smoking, which is widespread in Lebanon, there must be a development and implementation of policies banning smoking in the workplace".|
c o n f e r e n c e s
|UN House hosted on February 2-3 February, 1999, what was dubbed the "largest business-oriented conference" in Lebanon, a forum organized by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Investment Development Authority for Lebanon (IDAL). Geared towards promoting foreign investments in the private sector, it provided over 300 participants with the latest relevant information on the conutry and shed light relevant information investment opportunities.|
|Street finishing and landscaping|
Construction sites are cloaked with panels, another manifestation of street art in the BCD. Artists are giving free rein to their imagination with themes inspired from the city center's rich cultural history, ranging from antiquities to Arab divas.
is providing, as a free-of-chare service, the marketing of properties in
the BCD, prior to undertaking their management, operation and maintenance.
The Company is confirming its solid capability in the marketing field, and
in the last quarter has assisted in leasing sections of restored buildings
in Foch-Allenby, hence accelerating space occupation in this sector.
SOLIDERE thus arranged the conclusion of lease
agreements between Messrs. Mohammad and Jamal Mehio, property owners, and
SOLIDERE launched the marketing of the Saifi residential complex this quarter
after finalizing its pricing policy in February, and is currently preparing
the sale documentation for the development.
Their design draws on traditional Lebanese architecture which characterized
the Saifi neighborhood. An atmosphere of peace and serenity will be enhanced
by landscaped gardens and walkways.
|More retail and service activities move to the BCD|
|A number of retail and entertainment outlets are preparing
to open in the BCD.
Four restaurants, of which La Brasserie de l'Orient, will soon become the heartbeat of Foch-Allenby, with a Jaxx club and an Irish pub enlivening its night life. The trendy international restaurant Planet Hollywood, together with its shop, is due to be inaugurated in June in the Starco building, where a health club is also planned to open.
Foch-Allenby is soon to welcome two chic clothing stores, If...Boutique and another boutique owned by Eid Group, while a flower shop, Vert et Ciel, has already opened its doors.
|The BCD in the world
Melbourne 'CityEdge' conference
The Beirut Central District was one of three major case discussed, in relation
to the Melbourne docklands project, at the 'CityEdge' conference held in
the Australian city in March 1999. The experience of SOLIDERE in reconstrucing
and developing the BCD was presented, along with those of hte Berlin city
center planning and the Barcelona new waterfront development. In a keynote
address entitled "Beirut city center renewal: private sector rogue or role
model", Angus Gavin, planning advisor to the Company Chairman, offered an
extensive description of the BCD reconstruction and development and its unique
Foch street computer design wins award
The computer rendering of a beautiful restored Foch street building won the prize for the Still, Presentation Professionals category at the 1998 CADALYST Image Awards ('Caddies'). The rendering, by Lebanese architect Moustapha Majzoub, appeared on the cover of the CADALYST magazine November 1998 issue, after having been displayed at the Autodesk Design World exhibition in Philadelphia in October 1998.