Overview of Zahle: Location and Specificities
Zahle is situated 55 km east of capital Beirut and 945 m above sea level. It is located in a deep ravine on the eastern slopes of Mount-Lebanon mountain chain in the Bekaa Valley. The Bekaa Valley is situated between the two mountains chains of Mount-Lebanon and Anti-Lebanon. Zahle is the administrative capital of the Bekaa Valley. The number of its inhabitants is around 130,000.
Zahle is considered as the Downtown of the Bekaa Valley. It is the largest administrative center of the Bekaa and constitutes the third largest city after Beirut and Tripoli in terms of the different services’ availability. Zahle includes a chamber of commerce, industry and agriculture, a municipality, departments of different ministries as well the Palace of Justice etc. The city has the first health center in the Bekaa Province.