NNA – Sidon Municipality held on Thursday a ceremony at the Municipal palace hall to lay the cornerstone for “Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan” Garden, funded by the “Khalifa bin Zayed Foundation” for humanitarian work, at the waterfront of the city, close to the Great Omari Mosque.
The Garden project is implemented under the supervision of the United Arab Emirates Embassy.
Attending ceremony has been former Prime Minister Fouad Siniora, UAE Ambassador to Lebanon Hamad Saiid al-Shamsi, Deputy Bahiya Hariri, as well as scores of local municipal, mayoral and religious dignitaries, in addition to representatives of civil society.
In his delivered word, Siniora hailed the courteous project as “vital” to the city and its development, rendering it a polarizing spot for urban, economic and cultural activity in Lebanon.
Ambassador Shamsi, for his part, said that the project comes as a translation of the UAE’s policy in support of Lebanon and its people, announcing an Emirati donation worth USD 16 million to implement projects in 75 towns across all Lebanon, from the far north to the far south, passing through Mount Lebanon.
“The aim of these projects is to support the Lebanese people and institutions, notably the provision of basic needs in the social, development, health and humanitarian sectors,” the UAE Ambassador said.