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The Mount Lebanon city of Aley boasts a legacy shaped over the decades that has made the picturesque area one of Lebanon's most appealing spots for tourists.Despite the turbulent security situation in the country and region, Aley is still a destination city for tourism in the country. The city of Aley is in the heart of the Aley qada.Another incredible angle is in Balakeen Aley, (balconies in Arabic), where one can also catch a glimpse of Aley's main souk.During the period preceding the 1975 Civil War, Aley was booming.At the time important social venues and the best bars were located in Aley. Hotels such as the Tanious, Jbeili and Bahar and Casino Piscine Aley were among the preferred spots to socialize. Before Casino du Liban was opened, Murad explained, tourists would come and stay in Aley to gamble. Lebanese and Arab artists also performed in Aley.During the Mutasarifate era, which lasted from 1861-1918, numerous mutasarrifs looked to Aley as a summer residence.Similar to other areas in the country, it took much time for Aley to be reconstructed and its economy revived.
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