Sunday, 01 September 2019 12:32
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Souk Akel

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It has been a tradition for Rotaract Club of Saida to host Souk el Akel in Saida every summer in order to fund a certain cause. Souk el Akel is a public market place for food celebration showcasing Lebanon’s vibrant culinary world of food including Lebanese, Middle Eastern and International bites prepared by local artisans. Once a small event hosting a handful of food booths, Souk el Akel in Saida has grown to become a massive festival adding responsibility to the members to make it different with every coming year.

This year, a 4-day stretch hosted culinary arts and fantastic atmosphere to thousands of visitors, both local and foreign. Despite the economic situation in Lebanon, we have taken the leap and decided to move Souk el Akel from land to sea. Moving away from the traditional coastline, this year the team wanted to operate with virtually unknown and unexplored terrain "literally", a small island, within a kilometer from the beaches of the city. The "Zireh", Lebanese slang for island, was always available for public use. With its own wide sand beach and an operating lighthouse, the location seemed perfect and destined for the "leap of faith".

The event was under the patronage of the Ministry of Tourism and the Municipality of Saida. Moreover, this event was exclusively covered by LBC, the leading TV station in Lebanon who provided an exclusive full/live media coverage before and during the event. From the beginning, it was agreed that the event had to be huge, accommodating around 11,500 attendees. Contrary to what the name mentioned, Souk el Akel was not all just about the food. A huge stage above the water, hosted daily live music events from local artists. Being already at the beach, we went extreme, the event hosted several water activities from high inflatable ramps, to jet skiing and kayaking, to even snorkeling and scuba diving. Camp lovers also had the chance to spend their night on Al Zireh island.

From this event, we were not only able to promote our beloved city Saida but we also got the chance to successfully extend sweet water from land to Al Zireh by installing underwater pipes which will be present all year long.

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