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Tripoli is the largest city in northern Lebanon and the second-largest city in the country. Situated 85 kilometers (53 miles) north of the capital Beirut, it is the capital of the North Governorate and the Tripoli District. Historically, it is considered one of the most important cities in the region and culturally, it is one of the most unique cities due to its adherence to a more traditio9nal and slower pace of life that Beirut while moving forward toward modernity.


Tripoli overlooks the eastern Mediterranean Sea, and it is the northernmost seaport in Lebanon. It holds a string of four small islands offshore, and they are also the only islands in Lebanon. The Palm Islands were declared a protected area because of their status of the haven for endangered loggerhead turtles (Chelona mydas), rare monk seals and migratory birds.


Why Tripoli?


Tripoli, the second largest city in Lebanon enjoys distinct social and economic potentials. In addition to its unique position on the eastern Mediterranean coast, the city and its surroundings host strategic economic facilities that are being revived and ultimately will be leveraged to position the city to become a future economic and logistics hub for the region. These economic facilities include:

  • The second largest port in Lebanon that has recently been expanded with plans to double its container capacity in the near future.
  • An upgraded highway network that provides quick and easy access to the rest of the country, to Syria and beyond.
  • A special economic zone next to the port that was established in order to facilitate trade, encourage investments, and provide a streamlined and transparent business environment.
  • A one million square meter fairground in the heart of the city.
  • An airport with a 3-kilometer runway that can cater for nearly all commercial passenger and cargo planes 7 km from the Syrian Border
  • A prospective 35 kilometers planned railway that links the Port of Tripoli to the Syrian and international networks.

Furthermore, Tripoli is expected to play a prominent role in the future reconstruction of war-torn Syria. Several factors support the strong position of Tripoli in this regard, particularly the proximity of Tripoli to the Syrian borders (28 km), the historical social and familial networking with major Syrian coastal cities, in addition to the potential human and institutional resources the city enjoys.


City Overview


Tripoli, latin Tripolis, Arabic Ṭarābulus, lies on the Mediterranean coast at the mouth of the Abu’ Ali River, 85 kilometers (53 miles) north of the capital Beirut. Tripoli is the second largest city in Lebanon after Beirut and the largest city in northern Lebanon. As the capital of the North Governorate and the Tripoli District, it is a central hub for the economy of North Lebanon.

Tripoli today is one of the major commercial centers in Lebanon. It is home to around 320,000 inhabitants. The city of Tripoli hosts economic activities with promising growth potentials such as traditional industries (furniture, jewelry, and food), handicrafts (e.g. soap, copper products), in addition to tourism, trade, and services.





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