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New fountain part of Sidon face-lift

  • The renovation works are underway at Nijmeh Square in Sidon. (The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)

SIDON, Lebanon: A new fountain will soon adorn Sidon’s Nijmeh Square, part of several major development projects to give the southern coastal city a “face-lift” according to its mayor. Sidon Mayor Mohammad Saudi said over the weekend the construction of the fountain was part of a comprehensive plan to develop the infrastructure of the city. The plan is being supervised by the Development and Construction Council and was financed with a loan from the Islamic Bank for Development.

Once complete, the fountain will reach 10 meters in height and will include other surrounding smaller fountains and a small waterfall.

“The project is one of many other major projects in the city implemented to develop infrastructure, in line with the highest standards,” Saudi said, adding that other development projects included the removal and dismantling of the notorious Sidon waste dump “once the water barrier is finalized,” fully operating the solid waste management plant and sewage refinery, building a commercial port and constructing a museum for artifacts found in Sidon.

He said the start of 2014 would be welcomed with a noticeably refurbished Nijmeh Square. “We look forward to the day when Sidon reinstates its vibrant pioneering role at all levels. We hope that the city, the areas in its vicinity, and all other Lebanese regions enjoy security and stability as a first step for development and prosperity in this country.”

Sidon municipality members Ali Dali Balta and Mahmoud Shraiteh toured the construction site of the new fountain and looked through blueprints for the project, prepared by the architectural office of Abdel-Wahed Shehab.

Architect Mahmoud al-Zol said that infrastructure projects in Sidon were being implemented by the Arab Business Foundation, under the management of the Danash Company for Contracting and Trading, and all being supervised by Shehab.SIDON, Lebanon: A new fountain will soon adorn Sidon’s Nijmeh Square, part of several major development projects to give the southern coastal city a “face-lift” according to its mayor. Sidon Mayor Mohammad Saudi said over the weekend the construction of the fountain was part of a comprehensive plan to develop the infrastructure of the city. The plan is being supervised by the Development and Construction Council and was financed with a loan from the Islamic Bank for Development.

Once complete, the fountain will reach 10 meters in height and will include other surrounding smaller fountains and a small waterfall.

“The project is one of many other major projects in the city implemented to develop infrastructure, in line with the highest standards,” Saudi said, adding that other development projects included the removal and dismantling of the notorious Sidon waste dump “once the water barrier is finalized,” fully operating the solid waste management plant and sewage refinery, building a commercial port and constructing a museum for artifacts found in Sidon.

He said the start of 2014 would be welcomed with a noticeably refurbished Nijmeh Square. “We look forward to the day when Sidon reinstates its vibrant pioneering role at all levels. We hope that the city, the areas in its vicinity, and all other Lebanese regions enjoy security and stability as a first step for development and prosperity in this country.”

Sidon municipality members Ali Dali Balta and Mahmoud Shraiteh toured the construction site of the new fountain and looked through blueprints for the project, prepared by the architectural office of Abdel-Wahed Shehab.

Architect Mahmoud al-Zol said that infrastructure projects in Sidon were being implemented by the Arab Business Foundation, under the management of the Danash Company for Contracting and Trading, and all being supervised by Shehab.

 
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on January 06, 2014, on page 4.
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