26.09.2012 - UNESCO Office in Beirut

Voluntary day to clean old city in Tyre

UNESCO partnered with the InterContinental Hotels & Resorts as part of the Responsible Business Week 2012 to launch, for the 3rd year, a one week program all over the world in order to help protect outstanding heritage sites.

As part of this global partnership, the staff of Intercontinental Phoenicia Beirut volunteered to help clean and beautify the old city of Tyre. The project of cultural heritage and urban development is already being implemented by the Municipality of Tyre with the support of the Ministry of Culture – Directorate General of Antiquities.

On the 20th of September, about 40 InterContinental Phoenicia employees and 26 Tyre residents and artists collaborated with the Municipality of Tyre and the Directorate General of Antiquities to bring their contribution to the project. The activities focused mainly on beautifying several eroded walls.

It is worth mentioning that Tyre was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 1984. Tyre, known as the city that ruled the seas, is considered to be one of the oldest and most thriving Phoenicians cities. Moreover, the city is known to have given birth to many mythological figures and stories such as Europa, the daughter of the King of Tyre, from which the name of the continent Europe has been taken.  

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