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Aaynata (Bent Jbeil)

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Aaynata (Bent Jbeil) (عيناتا (بنت جبيـل)) is a Lebanese local authority which is located in Bent Jbayl District (Qada'a), an administrative division of Nabatiyeh Governorate (Mohafazah). The municipality is member of Federation of Bent-Jbayl District Municipalities.


Distance from Beirut Altitude (meters) Surface (ha)
120 740 437

Municipality address

Sources : Office of the Minister of State for Administrative Reform (OMSAR)
Phone Number Fax Number E-Mail Web sites
07/ 450 335 07/ 450 335

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 543 231
2013 515 653
2012 510 084


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
3 3 - 747 -

Higher Educational Institute Public Private
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There are many speculations surrounding the origins of Aaynata’s name. Some say that "Aaynata" means water wells, which the village has an abundance of. Others believe the name is a composite of Aain and Ata, "Aain" meaning eye and "Ata" referring to the name of a prince who lost his eye during a battle that once took place in the village.

The following villages border Aaynata : Bent Jbayl - Aaitaroun - Yaroun.

It can be reached by two 2 different routes:

Sour - Aain Baal - Qana - Sidiqine - Kafra - Haris - Haddatha - Al Tiri - Aaynata.

Sour - Jouaiya - Al-Bazouriyé - Bir As-Salasel - Tebnine - Beit Yahoun - Kounine - Aaynata.


Officially, the registered population stands at 8000 people. During the winter, the number of residents drops to 1,300 and subsequently goes up to 4,300 during the summer. The low number of residents is due to the fact that Aaynata was under the Israeli occupation, which prompted most of its inhabitants to emigrate to Beirut’s southern suburbs (Haret Hreik, Al Abyad, Hay Al Silloum, Al Chiyah, Al Jammous), to Sour as well as to the captital itself (some 5,000 people). In addition to this, some residents emigrated to various European, African, and Arab countries (their number is estimated at 1,700 persons). Despite the Israeli withdrawal from Lebanon in 2000, the emigrants did not return to their village. However, the village has witnessed some construction activities since, with 150 new houses built. Today, there are 800 houses in the village, distributed between 9 districts: Hay Al Sidr, Hay Al Bayyad, Hay Al Salasel, Khallet Al Darras, Hay Al Wadi, Hay Al Akbbeh, Hay Al Saha or Al Dayaa, Hay Al Bellaneh, Hay Al Mtayhneh.


The number of registered voters in May 2004 stood at 4,483 (2,300 male and 2,183 female), compared to 3,984 voters in 2000, distributed mainly between 51 families:

Local Authorities

Aaynata has a municipality (founded in 1963) which consists of 15 members. In addition, there are 3 mayors residing in the village. In 2002, the municipality received LBP 281 million for its budget from the independent municipal council.

Educational and Social Institutions

There are 3 schools in Aaynata with a total of 747 students. The rest of the students (180) are distributed across the nearby schools.

Non-Governmental Institutions

There is an agriculture cooperative which was established on 30/06/2000, according to decree no. 82 with 47 members belonging to it. Furthermore, the village has three local NGOs: the Social and Cultural Club, established in 1971; the Aaynata Beneficiary Association, established in 1996; and the Islamic Association, established in 1998.

Economic Activities

The cultivated area represents only 13.5% of total land linked to Aaynata, despite the fact that the arable land of the area reaches 32.5% of the total area. The main products cultivated are olives and tobacco. The Lebanese Reggie for Tobacco and Tombacs buys the tobacco production in its entirety from the 103 farmers in the village. In addition, there are 6 cow breeders in the village, who own 56 cows, 40 of which are milk cows, producing 250-500 kilos per day. There are also apiculturists in Aaynata, who own 200 hives that produce approximately 1,000 kg per year, and is sold in the village for LBP 20,000 /kg.

Archeological Sites

Aaynata contains a few archeological sites such as carved tombs and ancient caves where golden coins and ceramic vases were found. In addition, the region known as "Freise" in Aaynata, which is said to have been the first to be inhabited, has a number of ancient sites.

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