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As a member of the team that worked tirelessly to put this building complex on the World Heritage List, I am incredibly proud of this achievement. It is a testament to the hard work, dedication, and passion that we all brought to the project, and the recognition that our efforts have received is truly gratifying. Being a part of this team has been a unique and unforgettable experience, and I am honored to have played a role in preserving this important cultural and historical site for future generations.

The Rachid Karami International Fair (RKIF) was a planned permanent international fair in Tripoli, Lebanon, which was designed by the renowned Brazilian modernist architect Oscar Niemeyer in 1962. The fairground was intended to house a permanent international fair capable of accommodating up to 2 million visitors annually. However, the RKIF remained unfinished and was abandoned for years due to the Civil War and foreign military control in the 1970s. At the turn of the 21st century, the RKIF’s cultural and historical significance was finally recognized and in 2018 it was added to UNESCO’s World Heritage tentative list.

The listing of the Tripoli International Fair on the World Heritage List is a momentous occasion, and I am proud to have been a part of the journey to make it happen. The building complex is now protected and preserved, ensuring that its cultural value will be maintained for generations to come. I am honored to have played a role in this important effort and will always look back on this experience with great pride and satisfaction.

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