Greater Beirut (Arabic: بيروت الكبرى) is the urban agglomeration comprising the city of Beirut (Beirut Governorate) and the adjacent municipalities over the Mount Lebanon Governorate. It does not constitute a single administrative unit. Greater Beirut geographically stretches south to the Damour River in the Chouf District until it reaches the "Nahr al-Kalb" river in the Keserwan District in the north. It also comprises many towns and cities in the mountains in the Aley District, Baabda District and Metn District Districts, most notably being the cities of Baabda, Aley, Choueifat, Hazmieh, Sin el-Fil, Jdeideh, Bchamoun and Dekwaneh. The conurbation spreads south, east, and north of Beirut city. To the west, the Eastern Mediterranean Sea serves as a natural boundary.
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|• Land||200 km2 (80 sq mi)|
(30 September 2016)
|• Metro density||11,000/km2 (30,000/sq mi)|
Greater Beirut is equally split between Christians and Muslims:
- West Beirut is predominantly inhabited by Sunni(70%) and a minority of Shia Muslims, with small but substantial numbers of Christians and Druze.
- East Beirut is predominantly Christian, of which 32% are Maronites and other Catholics and 23% are Orthodox.
- South Beirut Suburbs also known as Dahieh, is predominantly Shia Muslim (85%) with small co-existing minorities of Sunnis and Christians.
List of settlements edit
- Ain Aanoub
- Ain Saadeh
- Beit Chabab
- Beit Mery
- Bourj Hammoud
- Bourj el-Barajneh
- Jal el Dib
- Qornet Shehwan
- "Questions & Answers: Water Supply Augmentation Project, Lebanon". The World Bank. 30 September 2016. Retrieved 20 March 2016.