Remhala

Its name goes back to Syriac and it is a compound name of “Ram” which means hill and “Hala” which means sand, so the total meaning is “sand hill”. The Municipality of Remhala was formed in 1948.

Remhala is 27 kilometers away from Beirut, capital of Lebanon, rising 440 meters above sea level and extending over 368 hectares. The number of residents of the town is about 3,000 people, where the number of permanent residents is about 1753 and the number of expatriates is about 1247 people who have immigrated to several countries including Brazil, Canada, America, France and others. The number of voters is 1360 voters. The geographical environment still maintains its natural character. Remhala includes in addition to the town Kabreshmoun area, which constitutes an active market in the region. The people of Remhala are known for their cultural and demographic diversity.

The dominant form of buildings is the rural character with some urban additions. The town Remhala has witnessed recently distinctive construction development; and the concentrated population is in Kabreshmoun area which is affiliated to the municipality of Remhala. There are also different religious places in the town, which are the Maronites church, Monastery of Holy Family Sisters and the Protestants Church.

The town of Remhala is rich withsprings in addition to the river that separates it from the villages of Selfaya, Bou Zreida and Dwyer Al Rumman. There is Al Jawzat Spring in the town which is rich in water. This abundance of water has led to remarkable agricultural prosperity in the past where many types of crops thrived like olives, grapes, figs, peaches, pears, lemons and walnuts. There are numerous olive presses and agricultural tents in the town. It has also been active in the cultivation of silkworms due to abundance of mulberry trees. The people Remhala have depended on four important seasons which are: olives, different kinds of grain, silkworms and livestock. It has been named “the gold pit” due to the abundance of its crops. These seasons have provided the people with self-sufficiency. Today, agricultural species are lemon, olive and pines and a very small percentage of the townspeople are still working in this sector. As for the educational sector, there is a public school, which is Kabrshmoun- Remhala Official Mixed Elementary School,  and a demolished intermediate school destroyed in addition to private schools, like  West Hill College and New orient Academy, Cedars Educational High School, New Steps School, and Spring School, in addition to a educational institute.

In terms of health care, there is only one hospital, which is Al Shahhar Al Gharbi Governmental Hospital. In has different specialties including general medicine and surgery, in addition to the newly added Department of Dialysis. This hospital provides basic health services to the region.

 There are a number of active associations, including Remhala Women Association, Progressive Women Association of Kabreshmoun, Wafaa Charity, Remhala Club, Al Nasr Club-Kabreshmoun, and Kabreshmoun Traders Association. These associations have many cultural and social activities, including a Kermes for children, seminars and others. As for the tourism sector, there is Mar Mikhael Festival on September 6. Remhala – Aley is one of the largest villages in the area, where it is bordered by the villages and towns of Ainab, Kfarmatta, Mejdlaya, Selfaya, and Baysour in addition to Kabreshmoun, which is considered one of the neighborhoods of Remhala and an extension of it.

Kabreshmoun has witnessed a large urban development at various levels leading it to become a center of many basic life facilities.