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Your Quick Guide to Modern Tripoli
The Tripoli Municipality Building.

Aerial view of The Rashid Karameh International Exhibition Center.

The National Lebanese Bank (Tripoli Branch).

Nour Square by night.

A typical taxi in Tripoli.

A beach resort southern to Tripoli.

A view at one of the new districts in Tripoli.

Nawfal Palace.

A view inside AlRabeta AlThakafiia.

Aerial view of the Nini hospital.
Palace of Justice in Tripoli
Palace of Justice in Tripoli
  1. Governmental Foundations: They are mainly present around Fou'ad Shehab street and Tell Square. Those in Fou'ad Shehab street are: Lebanon National Bank, the Chamber of Commerce, Industry, and Agriculture of Northern Lebanon, the governmental palace, the headquarters of the Governor of Tripoli and Northern Lebanon, the headquarters of Internal Security Forces, Visa and Immigration Bureau, the Religious Court, the National News Agency, the Post Office, and the Palace of Justice. Those in Tell Square are: Municipality of Tripoli, the Public Treasury Office, Engineering Directorate, Land Dimensions Directorate, Labor Directorate, House of Fatwa and Islamic Awkaf, Fire Department, Water Administration, etc..
  2. Banking Foundations: These are mainly concentrated in the Tell Square, AbdlHameed Karameh (alials, alNour) Square, Masaref (Banks) street, and Ma'arad Street. In Tell Square there are plenty of private exchange offices and insurance companies.
  3. Postage and Communication Centers: The old center of Tripoli is located in Tell Square. The Post office is sitated in Fou'ad Shehab street. The main telephone tower and central station of Tripoli are located at the end of Mina street.
  4. Commuting Centers and Travel Agencies: Commuting centers are mainly concentrated in Tell Square and the neighboring Koura Square. From there, taxis go in different directions within or outside Tripoli. Destinations outside Tripoli that may be reached by taxis are: Cedars' Mountains and their surrounding towns and villages, Akkar region, Menyeh region, Beirut, towns and villages of the northern coasts and mountains, and main Syrian cities. In the streets surrounding the Tell Square are many travel agencies for booking air flights to any destination in the world.
  5. Hotels: In Tell Square there are many modest hotels marked by their buildings of Ottoman styles. In the Tripoli International Fair is a five stars-hotel that was inaugurated shortly before the Asian Cup for year 2000. In addition, many hotels are included in the resorts located at the southern suburbs of the city all along the way to the nearby cities of el-Qalamoun, Anfeh, Chekka, and el-Batroun.
  6. Sea Resorts: These are mainly located at the southern suburbs of Tripoli. They include some of the most magnificent resorts ever in Lebanon. They are characterized by their positions midway between the sea and the neighboring mountains. Most of the sea resorts include many recreational and sports centers, cafes and restaurants. Some of the resorts include hotels, conference halls, theaters, and cinema halls.
  7. Cafes, Restaurants, and Recreation Centers: Snack food restaurants are mainly located at the Tell Square. In elMina, Azmi, and their surrounding streets there are many high-class restaurants and street cafes as well as traditional patisserie shops famous worldwide, mostly located at the beginning of elMina street. Around the Tell Square are many cinema halls and traditional cafes. We suggest that you try the traditional coffee and the Nargile (hubble-bubble) at the Tell Oliyah Cafe, that overlooks the square and is about 100 years old.
  8. Commercial Centers: Azmi street is considered as the most commercial center for buying clothing, shoes, and beauty articles. Mina and Monla streets include many shops for buying fine gifts and major shopping centers.
  9. Cultural and Educational Foundations: The Nawfal Palace (Rachid Karame Cultural Center) is located in the Tell Square area. It was built in 1898 and is at present used to host seminars and small exhibitions. In Azmi street there is the Al-Rabita Al-Thakafiia (The Education League). This is a leading cultural center in Tripoli as well as in North Lebanon. It includes a theater, a large library, and show rooms suitable for different activities. As mentioned before, the campuses of the Lebanese University are located in the Qobbeh District, they include the following faculties and departments: arts and humane sciences, law and political sciences, natural and basic sciences, engineering, business administration, fine arts, social sciences, and music. In Azmi street, there are the faculty of pharmacy and the institute of restoration and archeology. Near the Abou Samra district are the campuses of the private alJinan and Manar Universities, and the Institute of Islah Jami'i.
  10. International Fair Centers: The Tripoli International Fair (The Rashid Karameh International Exhibition Center) is of a completely different, and almost futuristic character. The extraordinary buildings of Tripoli International Fair were designed by the world famous Brazilian architect Oscar Niemayer in 1960. It is the fifth among the largest exhibition centers in the world in terms of dimensions and variety of constructions. It is located in the southwest of Tripoli on an area of 1,000,000 meters square. The complex contains a large uncovered theater floating on an artificial lake, five-stars hotel, a landing area for chopers (helicopters), a modern-arts museum, gardens and sports fields, many show rooms suitable for hosting large international level exhibitions and fairs, etc.
  11. Sports Centers: Of the many sports centers in Tripoli, the International Tripoli Stadium (located at the southern entrance of Tripoli) and the Municipal Stadium (Mitayn Street) are the most famous.
  12. Medical Centers and Hospitals: Private clinics spread plentifully in all quarters of Tripoli. In Tripoli there are many hospitals, pharmacies, and medical veterinary clinics. Most of the hospitals are located in the regions surrounding the Tripoli International Fair, in elMina, and Azmi Streets. Some of these hospitals are: Islamic Hospital, elNini Hospital, elMounla Hospital, elBissar Hospital, elOummahat Hospital, alMazloum Hospital, elHousseini Hospital, The Military Hospital, Tarablous Hospital, etc.
The five stars-hotel in the TIF
The five stars-hotel in the TIF


Aerial view of the Tripoli Olympic Stadium.

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