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“Tarablus Dahab,” (meaning, Golden Tripoli)

“Tarablus Dahab,” (meaning, Golden Tripoli)

A pedagogic intellectual event

Author: SuperUser Account/Saturday, February 21, 2015/Categories: News

A pedagogic intellectual event titled, “Tarablus Dahab,” (meaning, Golden Tripoli) was held on February 21, 2015 on the premises of the Business Incubation Association in Tripoli (BIAT) at the Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture of Tripoli and North Lebanon (CCIAT). The event represented an unpretentious aspect of the PRIME Project, which is to foster innovation and dissemination in the area of intergenerational learning within the silver/goldsmithing sector and to identify the effective models that will help to contribute toward encouraging learning and augmenting the skills of younger generations.


Before the start of the tour, Ms. Guida Minkara, BIAT Project Coordination Officer, provided attendees with a solid and detailed description of the PRIME Project and recounted some of the most prominent success stories that BIAT had achieved since the launch of its mission. Ms. Minkara and the attendees then headed to meet tourist guide Mr. Bassam Nahhas in the old and historic souks of Tripoli where the gold market is mostly centered.

Mr. Nahhas began the tour by explaining the vital characteristics that gave Tripoli its golden reputation one of which is its gold market located in the old souks. The word “souks” is of Aramaic origin (a family of languages or dialects, belonging to the Semitic family). Mr. Nahhas went on to expound the importance of the Mansouri Great Mosque, which was built in the Mamluk period (from 1294 to 1314 A.D).

He also shed light on the role of urban planning during the construction and design of the gold market beside the Mansouri Great Mosque in the city center. Mr. Nahhas said, “The markets provided an effective and wide-reaching role in the economic sector.” Furthermore, the souks still continue to attract from far and wide important local and regional businessmen, traders, and customers who make the trip solely to visit a remarkable soap shop called Khan al-Saboun.

Near the end of the tour, President of the Syndicate of Jewelers in Tripoli and the North met the group and shared with them the history of the gold factories established inside Tripoli’s gold market. Mr. Al-Namel explained that the gold market is considered as one of the most valuable economic and tourist hubs in North Lebanon. He went on to recount the compelling story of his successful journey in the industry. After Mr. Al-Namel was done, Mr. Nahhas went on to explain the essential role the gold market has played throughout the centuries in supporting the economy of Tripoli and in strengthening the city’s reputation across the Middle East. The extensive restoration of Tripoli’s old souks in 1998 further boosted its standing as one of the world’s rarest and most visited markets. In the final leg of the tour, Mr. Nahhas noted that the main objective of the gold market in Tripoli was to help produce a skilled, talented, and intelligent generation who would preserve the unique craft of their ancestors and breathe new life into this truly extraordinary Lebanese vocation.

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The general aim of the project is to promote innovation in intergenerational learning, identifying, developing and disseminating effective models for the learning development and the professionalization of the younger generations and the generational shift of goldsmith, silversmith and gemology enterprises.

To this purpose the Prime project will provide 50 sub-grants to young people for study visits. The study visit is a short stay of three/five days in a host country for a group of young new or aspiring entrepreneurs engaged in the mentoring programme and project staff. The study visit includes presentations and on-site visits to businesses and business associations, educational and training institutions, training sites, exchange and sharing of experiences among the young new or aspiring entrepreneurs, exchange and learning on themes of common interest.

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PRIME | Promoting Intergenerational Learning in Mediterranean Countries




The 2007-2013 ENPI CBC Mediterranean Sea Basin Programme is a multilateral Cross-Border Cooperation initiative funded by the European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument (ENPI). The Programme objective is to promote the sustainable and harmonious cooperation process at the Mediterranean Basin level by dealing with the common challenges and enhancing its endogenous potential. It finances cooperation projects as a contribution to the economic, social, environmental and cultural development of the Mediterranean region. The following 14 countries participate in the Programme: Cyprus, Egypt, France, Greece, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Lebanon, Malta, Palestine, Portugal, Spain, Syria (participation currently suspended), Tunisia. The Joint Managing Authority (JMA) is the Autonomous Region of Sardinia (Italy). Official Programme languages are Arabic, English and French (www.enpicbcmed.eu). 

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