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Niha (Chouf)

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Niha (Chouf) (نيحا (الشوف)) is a Lebanese local authority which is located in Chouf District (Qada'a), an administrative division of Mount Lebanon Governorate (Mohafazah). The municipality is member of Federation of Chouf El Aala Municipalities.


Distance from Beirut Altitude (meters) Surface (ha)
65 102 3 743

Municipality address

Sources : Office of the Minister of State for Administrative Reform (OMSAR)
Phone Number Fax Number E-Mail Web sites
05/ 330 002 05/ 330 002 nihamunicipality@yahoo.com

Données électorales

Sources : Ministry of Interior and Municipalities (Republic of Lebanon)
Données électorales 2010
Registered voters Effectifs du conseil municipal Effectifs moukhtar
Données électorales 2016
Registered voters Effectifs du conseil municipal Effectifs moukhtar

Revenue of Independent Municipal Fund

Sources : Official Journal (Lebanese Republic)
Year Revenues (Thousands Lebanese Pound)
2014 299 846
2013 276 040
2012 279 963


Sources : Central Administration of Statistics (Lebanese Presidency of the Council of Ministers) - Office of the Minister of State for Administrative Reform (OMSAR)
Educational establishments (2006) Public Private Students schooled in the public schools Students schooled in the private schools
2 2 - 127 -

Higher Educational Institute Public Private
- - -


Niha is situated 65 km southeast of Beirut in the mohafaza of Mount Lebanon (within the Chouf caza). The town covers an area of 2,750 hectares, with Niha square standing at an altitude of 1,020 meters above sea level.


The town’s resident population does not exceed 3,500 people, who are distributed among approximately 850 households. But the registered population is estimated at 5,000, broken down by confession as follows:

• Maronites: 7.5%
• Orthodox: 6%
• Druze: 85%
• Others: 1.5%

The largest families in Niha, in terms of the number of voters, are:

• Zeibyan (365 voters)
• Abou Hadir (247 voters)
• Farhat (245 voters)
• Gaith (222 voters)
• Haddad (179 voters)
• Azzam (167 voters)
• Abou Rached (87 voters)
• Ajjeil (71 voters)
• Rawayni (69 voters)

Local Authorities

The local administration in Niha is headed by a Municipal Council composed of 15 members and headed by Wahib Gaith. In addition, the town has two mayors: Mahmoud Abou Chakra and Melhem Mezher. Sheikh Al Aql Bahjat Ghaith (the Druze spiritual leader) also hails from the town.

Educational Sector

There are two public in Niha: Niha Intermediate School and the Niha High School. Thus, 127 students are schooled in the public institutions.

Service and Trade Organizations

These outlets are estimated to number 42, as follows: construction material (2), small wares (4), clothing and shoe stores (6), food shops (18), trade companies (3), oil factories (3), carpentry (4) and gas stations (2).

Agricultural Sector

Niha is known for its olive groves, as well as its produce of apples, plums, almonds and grapes. In addition, the town generates six tons of walnuts annually and has 50 cedar trees in the Niha Mountain area.

Clubs and Associations

These include the Niha Social Union that was established in 1961, the Niha Social Reform Society, the Lebanese Boy Scouts and the Niha Village House where local ceremonies and events are held.

Characteristics of Niha

Its most important touristic sites include the tomb of Nabi Ayoub (Job), Niha’s rock-cut castle, the Saint Joseph Church and the Ain al-Qat’ah fountain.

The reputed tomb of Nabi Ayoub is located east of Niha and has been enshrined in a modern building. Among the many caves in this area, both natural and man-made, is the Shakif Tiron, known as Niha’s rock-cut castle. This is a cave fortress of interlocking chambers cut into the top of a cliff. Historically, it was occupied by the Crusaders in the years 1165 - 1260 and, according to hearsay, it was the hiding place of Emir Fakhreddine II who fled the Turks in 1635. In actual fact, it was probably his father, Emir Korkomaz, who took refuge there in the year 1584.

Before 1133, Niha was the stronghold of the Druze chieftain Emir Dahhak Ibn Jandal al Tamini. It was in active use over the next 475 years under successive rulers of Mount Lebanon before it became a key fortress for Emir Fakhreddine II. It then became the last major stronghold to remain in the hands of his forces at the end of his long wars with the Ottomans.

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