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Born in the village of Aley, Emile Ayache is a sculptor of international acclaim. He is the artist behind the magnificent bronze statue of Emir Majid Arslan, hero of Independence.

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Hayat Arslan is one of Lebanon’s most admired activists, a leading campaigner for social justice and equality. She is also the curator of the Emir Faisal Arslan Museum and the Princess Diala Library.

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Educator, lawyer and poet, Issam Al Aridi was born in the village of Baissour. He is a master of Arabic literature, the author of several books.

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Entrepreneur and philanthropist, Kamal Shouhayib was born in the village of Aley, before migrating to Michigan, USA. He retains strong ties with his hometown.

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As a child, Mounir Maasri, the acclaimed international actor and director, watched movies in Aley’s Cinema Subh and dreamed of one day emblazing the silver screen.

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One of the world’s greatest flutists, Nadim Dlaikan grew up in the village of Aley, before spreading his wings to Michigan, USA.

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Inspired by the great Leonardo Da Vinci, Aley’s Sleiman Dleikan is Lebanon’s “master of realism”, capturing the true nature of beauty with every stroke of his brush.

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