Sannine Zenith Lebanon project, a real estate development spread across 72 million square meters (100 million when the project was being considered 2003) of land on the southern slopes of Mount Sannine, the site looks onto the Bekaa Valley and is 70 minutes from Beirut by car. Phase I of the project calls for the development and sale of 25% of land of mixed-use real estate within a planning area of 50 million square meters. Divided into theme-based districts, the resort will feature a Mountain Village district, a Lake Village district and a Sports Village district each of which will contain its own residential developments. The layout is designed to allow easy transition as new villages are developed and also aims to preserve the area’s environmental balance. The master plan has been tailor–made to help preserve local aquifers.
Sannine Zenith Lebanon is designed to cater to skiers of all skill levels, and to do so by making optimum use of the area under development. Skiing altitudes will vary from 2100m of altitude to 2500m of altitude. Facilities will be strictly state-of-the-art , including the first detachable grip ski lifts in the Middle East. Sannine Zenith Lebanon will have the largest number of ski slopes in the Middle East covering a study area of approximately 7 million square meters; its safest and most convenient ski lifts, and its highest 18-hole golf course.
All of this will be pulled together by top-notch infrastructure, including plans for broadband internet service to serve as the central nervous system. The Development will have its own ultra-modern power plant to ensure a constant supply of electricity.
Large parcels of land will be offered to block or individual developers . The individual land parcels have approximately 13,000 units planned spread over an area of approx 9 Million m² and master planned communities have 800 units planned over an area of approx 3.5 Million m². The projected population is 59,000 residents year round.
2003: Preliminary Infrastructure studies in support of the Master Plan prepared by Nabil Gholam Architecture and Planning and by Gensler (2003). These were conducted during the preliminary master planning were aimed at ensuring the constructability of the infrastructure items, as well as developing a budget for feasibility studies.