The origin of the word goes back to the Syriac word “Pane” which means the builders and founders. The people of this town are characterised with their love of science and their developmental ambitions. Its families are Jaber, Wehbe, Shams al-Din, Yehya, Hassan, Hamdan, Nasr, al-Benny, and Daou. It is the town of the Sheikh Akl of Druze Sect, Sheikh Naim Hassan, in addition to many writers, poets, ambassadors, engineers, lawyers and well established people. Nearby towns are kfarmatta, Abey, Ain Ksour, Remhala, and Jisr El Kadi.
Bennay municipality was formed in 1962.
The number of permanent residents of the town is around 2700 that constitute 95% of the total registered people of the town in addition to a small percentage of immigrants, in the past and nowadays.
There are some public buildings in the town including the official school, the municipal building, the Civil Defence Centre, the public hall, as well as some shops which are located in the market in the town square and in the main streets.
Most of the population are employees in the public and private sectors. The other economic activities are limited. Agricultural activity is primitive, where a small number of the population works in agriculture, especially in the cultivation of olives and fruits; there are two olive presses in the town. Along with fruit and olive cultivation, there is pine planting in addition to other crops. Also, there are industrial and commercial activities in the town.
Outside the agricultural sector, the domestic economic activity is associated with securing the needs of the town and there are a number of small businesses.
There is a public school in the town, made up of two buildings, one for the primary level and the second for the intermediate level, in addition to a special building for the nursery.
In terms of health care, residents depend on the town’s clinic, which provides primary health care and chronic diseases medications. In emergency cases, residents resort to Al Shahhar Al Gharbi Governmental Hospital.
The social and cultural sector is manifested in the presence of a socio-cultural association with many varied activities including health seminars and exhibitions, educational meetings, and festivals during the summer involving most of the people of the town.