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It supervises the city of Sidon, and it reached the degree of twinning until it borrowed the other half from it. She refuses to give up her name and flaunts that unlimited attention to her condition
Haret Sidon belongs to the South Governorate, Sidon District. It is about 43 km from Beirut. Its height does not exceed 50 meters above sea level.
Haret Saida is considered a link between many areas, and therefore it has a distinct role on more than one level. It is a link point between the city of Sidon on the western side, the town of Ain El-Delb on the eastern side, the town of Al-Hilaliya on the northern side, and the town of Mieh Mieh on the southern side. Working families.
Haret Sidon combines the characteristics of a coastal town and the characteristics of a mountain town, as it is only one kilometer away in the city of Sidon, and it has a hill that rises one hundred and seventy-five meters above sea level, and it is the hill where the Ramadan cannon is located, and therefore it is the destination of tourists and picnic seekers, due to its pleasant climate and vastness The green spaces in it, and the presence of a number of caves and tourist attractions, in addition to that it is the destination of believers of different denominations because there are two religious shrines in it: the shrine of the Prophet Yahya and the Church of the Prophet Elias.
The population of Haret Sidon is about 12 thousand people, and it includes a group of the largest families: Al-Zein, Qalqas, Al-Jubaili, Eid, Hashem, Saleh and Al-Sarji. Sidon has a municipal council elected in 2004, headed by Mr. Samih Al-Zein. The town is considered one of the agricultural towns, and it produces all the grains, vegetables and fruits that the region produces. However, for decades, it has witnessed a shift towards other economic sectors such as construction and industry, and many of its sons are doctors, engineers and lawyers, which explains the families' demand for educational attainment. The population in the neighborhood is divided into five: the neighborhoods of the Nabi Yahya neighborhood, the Mar Elias neighborhood, the Baydar neighborhood, the Al-Houta neighborhood, and the Al-Ain neighborhood, and these neighborhoods are connected by streets, including the main one, which forms a corridor for the residents of the neighboring areas, including the interior, which are streets that the municipality of Haret Sidon is developing. The population increase in Haret Sidon necessitated an urban expansion, which increased the responsibilities of the municipal council. The town, according to the mayor, Mr. Samih al-Zein and his deputy, Mr. Jamal Qalqas, has witnessed a remarkable urban expansion since 1985. On the western side and at the foothills of Mar Elias Hill, close to the shrine of the Prophet Yahya The shrine of the Prophet Elias, then this expansion increased in the east in the nineties in the area known as “reconstruction of the neighborhood.” The municipal council was waiting for a history of chronic deprivation and neglect, and the council had to compensate for this deprivation with exceptional achievements that were also required by the requirements of population growth and urban expansion. Among the projects that the Municipal Council has taken is a decision to name the bypass highway that surrounds the seas of Sidon as “President Nabih Berri Street.” It also took another decision to name the street extending between the north and south of the town, in appreciation of the army’s blockade of the street. . The head of the municipal council confirms that “the unlimited support from President Nabih Berri and the Council of the South was the main driver of the projects that have been completed and the projects that are being implemented within the framework of the comprehensive development plan set by the municipality.” The mayor enumerates the achievements and clarifies that “in addition to the highway, the old valley road was rehabilitated, the internal roads were widened and asphalted, and a support wall was built that also has a cosmetic function, with traffic lights and public lighting in all streets, median barriers and street planning in phosphorous color, and the construction of paving.” . He also implemented a comprehensive project for new sewage networks, to meet the needs of urban expansion, and this includes all neighborhoods. . The South Council also approved the restoration, support, and beautification of the Haret Saida Public Intermediate School, and an amount of 140 million Lebanese pounds was allocated for this. Among the projects that are being implemented is a project of an environmental and cosmetic nature, the most prominent of which is afforestation and the establishment of gardens at the entrances and in the neighborhoods with the afforestation of the central islands and lighting all of that, so that it constitutes a driving factor for the tourism activity in the town, and this is reinforced by solving the waste problem in cooperation with the Union of Al-Zahrani Municipalities. On the name of the Prophet Yahya Ibn Zakaria. The shrine is located in the Sidon neighborhood for blessing, while the sources confirm that the body of the Prophet Yahya is buried in Palestine and his head is buried in the Umayyad Mosque in Damascus. The shrine is located on a hill overlooking the city of Sidon, and it consists of two rooms in which the character of the ancient architecture with arches and domes is evident, surrounded by a garden full of types of fruit trees, and inside is a tomb, a mihrab, bearings for the Holy Qur’an and writings containing Quranic verses in addition to the names of the Prophet and his honorable companions. It is part of a church. Mar Elias is also located on an honorable hill. The church is one of many churches in Lebanon that was built after the name of the Prophet Elias (or the Prophet Elijah), known to Muslims as Al-Khidr, and the sources justify this that the Prophet Elias visited the southern region of Lebanon by order of the Lord, and lived for a period in Sarafand Located to the south of the city of Sidon, or in Srifa, according to other sources. The shrine of the Prophet Elijah is a shrine visited by Christians from various Lebanese regions to seek blessings, as well as by tourists and excursion students.