The International Fair of Tripoli site, formally known as the Rachid Karami International Exhibition Center, is a complex of buildings designed by the Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer.
The site was built for a World’s Fair event to be held in the city, but construction was halted in 1975 due to the outbreak of the Lebanese civil war and never resumed.
The goal of the project is to provides a comprehensive framework consisting of promoting investment, investing, training, re-skilling, talent placement and output promotion to reinvigorate the city’s economy.
The Tripoli Vision 2020 was sponsored by the Prime Minister Saad Hariri Office and the Tripoli MPs Joint Office with the comprehensive study conducted by Samir Chreim of SCAS Inc.
In ancient times, it was the center of a Phoenician confederation which included Tyre, Sidon, and Arados, hence the name Tripoli, meaning “triple city” in Greek.
Later, it was controlled successively by the Assyrian Empire, Persian Empire, Roman Empire, the Byzantine Empire, the Caliphate, the Seljuk Empire, Crusader States, the Mamluks, the Ottoman Empire and France.
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