The development derives the name of its sections as well as its identity, urban plan and architectural character from the legacy of the old Souks, drawing its inspiration from the urban relationships and historical layers of the site. Visiting the Souks today is a cultural voyage in time and space, as one sees and feels the historicity of the place incorporated in the contemporary design. An intricate three-dimensional network provides vistas and surprising juxtapositions that create a rich labyrinthine experience fully integrated with the city fabric.
The Souks open bazaar provides a high quality urban environment as a shopping center and a people’s place, affording a number of leisure and cultural opportunities.
The integration of heritage and modernity is evident as visitors stroll along the modern Souks and discover several archeological sites integrated into the landscape, such as the sunken courtyard of the medieval wall and moat below Souk Jamil, the unearthed late Phoenico-Persian harbor side settlement under Souk Ayyas and the restored mosaics from Byzantine shops in Souk Al Franj.
One can also linger on the various plazas, such as Ajami, Bab Idriss and Imam Ouzai squares, or near Intabli Fountain; enjoy an event or activity, maybe a concert; meet and sample any of the concept restaurants and cafés in inviting settings; or come face to face with contemporary art.
Retail Mix Strategy
The Souks follow the highest contemporary standards for retail space and leisure. As an open bazaar of the 21st century, retail units form shopping streets that offer a concentration of the finest local and international brands.
The tenant-mix approach developed for the Souks Core strategically places exclusive concept and stand-alone boutiques among flagship and other traffic generating stores, while the Gold Souk is made up primarily of jewelry, watches and leather goods, in addition to a major restaurant space with terraces overlooking and animating the trading level.
Food and beverage outlets offer unique concepts, with exclusivity for Beirut Souks. Eight signature restaurants have opened to date around the Souks as well as a large food hall on the ground level.
The South Souks structure includes eight main sectors, Fakhry Bey, Gold Souk, Tawila, Ayyas, Jamil, Patriarch Hoyek, Arwam and Ajami Square; and five subsectors, Sayyour, Bustros, Arwad, Al Franj and Bab Idriss.
The ground floor level covers the entire South Souks, accessible from the surrounding streets. In the Souks Core, the upper level links Souk Arwam, Souk Bab Idriss and part of Souk Jamil with Weygand Street.
The main street entrances are from Imam Ouzai and Bab Idriss squares on Weygand Street; by escalators and stairs from Fakhry Bey Square; via Ajami on Trablous Street; and by stairs on Patriarch Hoyek Street. Additionally, there are two main elevator and escalator access points in the Souks to the underground car park, located on Souk Sayyour between Arwam and Jamil souks, and on Ajami Square at the base of Souk Jamil.
Lot 1479 Marfaa/Sector E/Retail/BUA 71,903 Sqm/Souks Core (Tawila, Jamil, Ayyas, Sayyour, Fakhry Bey, Arwam, Ajami, Patriarch Hoyek, Bab Idriss, Al Franj, Bustros, Arwad) and Block M/ Rafael Moneo (Spain) and Samir Khairallah and Partners/Gold Souk/ Kevin Dash (UK) and Rafik El Khoury and Partners/Landscape/Olivier Vidal (France)/Complete