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What Are These Excavation Works in Ramlet El Bayda?

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Many activists have been sharing photos since Thursday of excavations works currently happening at Beirut’s last public beach in Ramlet El Bayda but nobody was able to explain their purpose yet.

Over the last couple of years there has been a lot of talk about the area being a private property and that a resort will be built there by Achour Development.¬†However, right before the previous municipal council’s term ended last spring, it was announced that the municipality of Beirut will be claiming back the beach and surrounding land in order to keep it accessible to the public. News about the whole thing then eventually stopped circulating until these photos started surfacing online.

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Knowing that the “Byeirteh” list’s promise when they were elected was to keep Beirut for its people, I hope they were considering Ramlet El Bayda a part of the capital when they made their promise back then.

In all cases, I tried to reach both of Ziad Chbib (Beirut governor) and Jamal Itani (Beirut mayor) to know the purpose of these excavation works and will definitely post an update if they reply to me.

Photos via Lama Karamé and Joelle Boutros.

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New Parking Tariffs in Beirut

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Due to the disproportionate tariffs set by parking owners across Beirut, governor Ziad Chebib and the municipality recently issued a new decree setting the maximum fees you should pay for private parkings around the city after dividing it into 4 regions as shown above, and the new tariffs are as follows:

First region (Blue):

  • from 0 to 3 hours:
    3,000 L.L.
  • from 3 to 5 hours:
    4,000 L.L.
  • from 5 to 8 hours:
    5,000 L.L.
  • 8 to 10 hours:
    6,000 L.L.
  • from 10 to 14 hours:
    7,000 L.L.

Second region (Green):

  • from 0 to 4 hours:
    3,000 L.L.
  • from 4 to 7 hours:
    4,000 L.L.
  • from 7 to 10 hours:
    5,000 L.L.
  • from 10 to 14 hours:
    6,000 L.L.

Third region (Yellow):

  • from 0 to 3 hours:
    2,000 L.L.
  • from 3 to 5 hours:
    3,000 L.L.
  • from 5 to 8 hours:
    3,500 L.L.
  • from 8 to 10 hours:
    4,000 L.L.
  • from 10 to 14 hours:
    5,000 L.L.

Fourth region (Red):

  • from 0 to 4 hours:
    2,000 L.L.
  • from 4 to 7 hours:
    3,000 L.L.
  • from 7 to 10 hours:
    3,000 L.L.
  • from 10 to 14 hours:
    4,000 L.L.

As for covered parking spaces, the following tariffs apply:

First region (Blue):

  • from 0 to 3 hours:
    4,000 L.L.
  • from 3 to 5 hours:
    5,000 L.L.
  • from 5 to 8 hours:
    6,000 L.L.
  • from 8 to 10 hours
    7,000 L.L.
  • from 10 to 14 hours:
    8,000 L.L.

Second region (Green):

  • from 0 to 4 hours:
    4,000 L.L.
  • from 4 to 7 hours:
    5,000 L.L.
  • from 7 to 10 hours:
    6,000 L.L.
  • from 10 to 14 hours:
    7,000 L.L.

Third region (Yellow):

  • from 0 to 3 hours:
    3,000 L.L.
  • from 3 to 5 hours:
    3,500 L.L.
  • from 5 to 8 hours:
    4,000 L.L.
  • 8 to 10 hours:
    4,500 L.L.
  • from 10 to 14 hours:
    5,500 L.L.

Fourth region (Red):

  • from 0 to 4 hours:
    3,000 L.L.
  • from 4 to 7 hours:
    3,000 L.L.
  • from 7 to 10 hours:
    4,000 L.L.
  • from 10 to 14 hours
    4,500 L.L.

Note that the time is rounded up to the nearest hour after 10 minutes.

I’m not really sure how serious will the municipality be about obliging parking owners to abide by the set tariffs, but the chart will at least help you know whether you’re being ripped off or not!

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