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About Rashid Karame International Fair (RKIF)

Rachid  Karame International Fair (RKIF) is one of the most important aspects of Tripoli and one of the must-see destination in the city. Originally it is designed by Oscar Niemeyer the famous Brazilian architect. Its total area is approximately 100 hectares, Situated in the southern quadrant of the city of Tripoli next to the coastal highway in close proximity to the central business district of Tripoli and 600m from the seaside.


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RKIF is of major economic significance both locally and nationally because of its role in the progressive recovery of the national economy following the Civil War. The purpose of the Fair is to identify and to illustrate the wide range of Lebanese, Arab, and foreign products available in the country and to inform commercial and industrial interests of the progress made in re-establishing the various parts of the national economy. Its main objectives are to: 

  • Illustrate the continuously expanding state of the economy in terms of commerce, industry, and agriculture.
  • Provide an opportunity to strengthen the Lebanese trade, industry, and agriculture and to further develop economic relations with other countries.
  • Present various characteristics of Lebanese culture in order to encourage international investment in the country and the use of available and developing facilities.
  • Encourage commercial relations between Lebanese, Arab, and foreign exports.

 

The site is located 15km from the central business district of Tripoli and 600m from the seashore. The total area of the Fair site is approximately 100 ha, of which will be used for the exhibition buildings and display areas. An area of 36 he will be used for landscaping and gardens and will provide parking spaces for 2000 cars. 

 

The EKIF is composed of the following parts:

 

  • The entrance Portico

The portico’s pavilion is divided into two floors, an upper level, and an intermediate level. Both levels are based on an open plan layout. The upper level was supposed to house the service center for exhibitions, buyers, and visitors. The lower level was planned as a rest area with toilets, lockers, and writing desks. Both levels have the same width. The lower level is two and a half times longer than the upper one. They are connected by two staircases. [Read more]

  • The main Exhibition Space

The Main Exhibition Space is the features that give to the Fair its uniqueness. Neimeyer’s intention was to join all of the nations in one pavilion while spotlighting the host country. The boomerang-shaped cover stretches 640m in length and 70m in width and is supported by two rows of columns placed 45m from each other. The distance between the two columns is 17m. [Read more]

  • The Guest House

The Guest House is only one floor high and completely introverted. With a restaurant that seats 100 people is located on the south side. A variety of functions surrounds this space. The Atrium is open to the sky. On the east side, there are 14 VIP hotel rooms with a terrace and a garden. [Read more]

  • The Lebanese Pavilion

The Lebanese pavilion represents Neimeyer’s modern interpretation of the Lebanese architecture. The plan, which is a square that recalls the shape and overall plan of a typical Lebanese house, is divided into an ambulatory along the four sides with the main core. The ambulatory is defined to the exterior by screens of light arches, an interpretation of the Lebanese arch, dipping their base in the surrounding reflective water pool. A screen of glass framed with steel and divided into regular patterns defines the main core on the four sides. [Read more]

  • The Experimental Theatre

The Experimental Theatre, which was originally designed as a flexible theatre layout, has a circular rotating scene. It is covered by a concrete shell cupola. At the southeast side, a staircase leads to the main entrance and to the atrium of the theatre, which is, located at the basement level. The atrium is open to the upper floor; public toilets are located on both sides of the atrium. A staircase leads to the seating area. The number of seats is approximately 1000. A bar, an office, and toilets are located opposite the atrium at the upper level of the ground floor plan. Four exit doors are located at the four cardinal points of the same level. [Read more]

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