Aley District

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Aley District
Location in Lebanon
Location in Lebanon
Country  Lebanon
Governorate Mount Lebanon Governorate
Capital Aley
 • Total 102 sq mi (264 km2)
 • Total 100,000
Time zone EST (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) +3 (UTC)

Aley (Arabic: عاليه‎) is a district (qadaa) in Mount Lebanon, Lebanon, to the south-east of the Lebanon's capital Beirut. The capital is Aley. Aley city was previously known as the "bride of the summers" during the 1960 and 70s, when Aley and neighboring Bhamdune were attractive tourist locations for Gulf tourists and Lebanese emigres.

During the 1975-1990 Civil War in Lebanon, Aley witnessed several battles around its environs.



Like the Chouf district, Aley is a diverse area where various religious sects coincide in peace and harmony. The largest religious community in the Aley district are the Druze, followed by Maronite, and Greek Orthodox Christians. There are also small communities of Sunni, and Shiite Muslims. Christians used to constitute the majority before the civil war.

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Coordinates: 33°48′23″N 35°36′02″E / 33.80639°N 35.60056°E / 33.80639; 35.60056