Grand Hotel Kadri

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Project Description

Location:   Downtown Beirut
Client:   KADROTEL s.a.r.l.
Constructed Area: 20,500 m2
Value: $8.000.000

The grand Hotel la Kadri is a prime example of the traditional stone architecture of Zahlé, both in and out. It has long been used by most officials and dignitaries visiting the town, as its largest and most luxurious hotel. The Ottomans converted it to a hospital during World War I. During the Lebanese Civil War, it was occupied by Syrian troops and sustained enormous damage. An ambitious restoration project in the mid 90s was able to bring it back to its former glory.

The restoration works consisted of building a new 5 stories concrete structure inside the existing historical facade. in addition, a new underground parking area was implemented under the historical building.


Grand Hotel Kadri is a historic Landmark in Lebanon. Situated in the center of Zahle, 54 km from the capital Beirut, this hotel overlooks the main river and spring of the city Al Berdawni which has been sung of by poets and writers from different countries.
The historical importance of the hotel goes back to 1914 when Jamal Pacha the Turk entered Kadri Hotel and took it for his headquarter and turned it into a hospital for his army.

At the end of the World War I, France was mandated to rule Lebanon in accordance with the famous Sikes-Picot Treaty. General Gouro announced once again from Kadri Hotel, on August 3, 1920 the annexation of the four juridiciary areas: the Bequa, Baalbek, Hasbaya and Rachaya and considered them the basis of the Grand Lebanon which he declared in Beirut on the first of September 1920.

Later on, in 1942 the hotel was visitedby the General de Gaulle during his round on the Lebanese villages to assure its people that the victory in the World War II was imminent. Throughout its history Grand Hotel Kadri has also been a source of inspiration to famous men of letters and artists such as the Poet Laureate Ahmed Chawki who wrote his infallible Neighbor (Ya Jarat Al Wadi), Abdel Wahab, Oum Koulthoum and Feyrouz… Devastated during the war, it was renovated to original splendor and more by The Owner Engineer Sleiman Habib Haddad and was inaugurated by His Excellency President Elias El Hrawi in August 14th 1997.

SOLIDERE – 1138 Marfa’

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Project Description

Location:   Downtown Beirut
Client:   Solidere
Consultant:   Solidere
Constructed Area: 2,000 m2
Value: $8.000.000

Building restoration and rehabilitation of the conservation area and residential neighborhoods follow a set of rules established by Solidere in cooperation with urban planning authorities. These involve detailed sector plans, street wall controls, restoration guidelines including technical requirements and standards for ensuring harmony within the urban context, and a development brief for the restoration of every retained building.

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The restoration of Beirut city center’s historic fabric was a real success confirming the sustainability of traditional districts and heritage buildings and their great potential for creating value, once adapted to the needs of contemporary life and business.

Solidere took the lead in the restoration process, undertaking showcase work in its properties. Among the 265 buildings that were retained for preservation, the ownership of 11 of them has devolved to Solidere.

These were faithfully restored in accordance with a set of rules and restoration guidelines established by the Company.

International experience in urban and architectural conservation was adapted to local materials and know-how, with the adoption of specific stone masonry repair techniques and the reconstitution of elaborate façades. Buildings were rejuvenated through the use of skylight atriums, roof gardens or glazed roofs. The interiors were fitted to comply with modern requirements for functionality, flexibility, comfort and efficiency.

Lebanese Governmental Siege – GRAND SERAIL

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Project Description

Location:   Downtown Beirut
Client:   C.D.R. Lebanon
Consultant:   OGER LIBAN
Constructed Area: 56,000 m2
Value: $12.000.000

The Grand Serail covers 40,000 m2 of floor space, which comprise the Prime Minister’s residence and office, offices for his staff, as well as the cabinet room and ministers’ offices. The ground floor consists of a banquet hall, two reception areas, a press-room and a courtyard. The underground level includes a car park, offices, rooms for personnel and bomb shelter.


Beirut: The Grand Serail (in Arabic, Al Saray Al Kbir) is the official headquarters of the Prime Minister of Lebanon, located north of Riad Al Solh Square and a few blocks away from Nijmeh Square where Parliament is located, in Downtown Beirut. It is one of the last standing Ottoman structures in the country, along with the Hamidiyyah clock tower in front of it, as well as the Ebrahim Basha Mosque on the coast in Jbeil (Byblos).

Ebrahim Basha and his Egyptian military contingent that occupied Beirut in 1831 settled on the hill where the imposing building rests today on account of its strategic location. The high hill overlooked various souqs — today known as the Shari‘ Al Massarif [Banks Street] — where military barracks were set up to control the small city and, simultaneously, oversee access to the sea. Modern high-rises obscure the view to the Mediterranean but in the early 1840s, the building was visible from wide distances, and all passengers of ships that docked in the harbour had an impressive view of the imposing structure that overlooked the town.

When the Ottoman Empire gained full control over Syria in 1840, at a time when most of Lebanon was part of that land, military authorities set up a military base and erected a one-storey building to use as the headquarters of military and civilian departments. Over the years, various expansions turned the facility into the headquarters of Ottoman governors, though for Beirutis it was always a garrison.

The barracks were fortified in 1856 when a second floor was added and, between 1877 and 1894, major structural modifications were made which gave the Serail its final form.

With the collapse of the Ottoman Empire in 1918, the Grand Serail housed the leaders of the short-lived Arab Revolt. British General Edmund Allenby, the Commander of All Allied Forces, appointed a French officer as Governor of Lebanon as the nascent republic fell under Paris’ nominal control.

When Lebanon won its independence in 1943, the Grand Serail became the home of the head-of-state as Bisharah Al Khoury presided from November 22, 1943 to September 23, 1952. After that date, the presidency moved to the Qantari Palace, and the Grand Serail became the office of the prime minister.

At the height of the 1975-1990 Civil War, the Grand Serail and adjacent buildings were looted and systematically destroyed until Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri invested in its reconstruction and renovation. The Grand Serail, along with the Hamidiyyah clock tower in front of it, were formally inaugurated in their current condition in 1992.