The first Phoenician letters that gave us our alphabet were born in Byblos.
Many civilizations were mixed throughout the history to make Byblos (Jbeil) the first source of culture, education and tourism in Lebanon and on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea.
It is King Ahiram of Byblos who contributed in spreading knowledge everywhere around the world.
Byblos is said to be among the few oldest cities which are still inhabited in the world.
Teeming with history for 7000 years, this city is back to be on the spotlight to lift again name of Lebanon on high but this time through tourism.
The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) named Jbeil - Byblos as the best touristic city in the Arab World for the year 2013, and felicitated its Mayor Ziad Hawwat for the outstanding achievements he made and in recognition of his pioneering role in the development of the city.
A dinner banquet will be held in his honor on Saturday May 4 at Bourj Al Arab Hotel Dubai under the patronage of the Secretary General of the United Nations World Tourism Organization, Dr. Taleb Rifaii, and a number of Arab leaders and representatives of the diplomatic corps.
Academy Executive Council addressed a message congratulating the Mayor as well as the municipality board members, and lauding their exerted efforts to preserve the city's heritage.