Preparing for the summer tourists season, Beirut Municipality has begun taking initiatives and launching campaigns to enhance the corniche in Beirut, making it more approachable by visitors.
The initiatives of the Beirut Municipality were taken following a tour in the area by Beirut Governor Ziad Chebib and a team of engineers, who inspected the area from Ramlet Bayda beach to Ain Mraisseh.
Consequently, the Public Relation Department of Beirut Municipality issued a statement announcing that the work of removing the concrete blocks has begun.
These blocks were previously installed for security reasons, including outside the seaside Movenpick Hotel. As per the statement, the campaign will continue to include the removal of all existing obstacles and violations.
The initiatives of removing the concrete blocks were accompanied by cleaning the sand on the Ramlet El-Bayda public beach. Different tools are being utilized to separate from the sand all the dirt, glasses, solid objects, and others, making it ready clean for visitors to enjoy it.
Moreover, measures have also been taken to ensure there is street lighting all along the promenade, from the beach at the south to the Ain Mraisseh area in the north.
In February 2019, Beirut Mayor Jamal Itani had similarly announced a development project to renovate Beirut’s Corniche, adding new bike lanes, and planting trees and green areas.
According to Mayor Itani, the development project of the Corniche will be environmentally friendly and sustainable. It will develop only the existing footprint of the Corniche and will not involve building out over the sea.
The project, which is set to take the Corniche to a new level without harming the environment, will be unveiled in 2020 or "in a maximum of two years," as promised by Mayor Itani. He also ascertained that the Corniche will be only partially closed during the construction and jogging lanes will remain open.