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Bouarij, Bouarej, Bouârej, Buariji or Bwareg is a village located on the eastern side of the Church Mountain, Beqaa. The municipality of Bouarej is located in the Kaza of Zahleh one of Mohafazah of Beqaa kazas (districts), one of the eight mohafazats (governorates) of Lebanon.
Population, Voters, Local Authorities and Skills
The municipality of Bouarej is one of the 910 Lebanese municipalities which have an elected municipal council, (See Municipal Council, rules and skills) for six years by direct universal suffrage. (for example in Beyrouth (Beirut), 24 members of the municipal council are elected). The municipality of Bouarej is an independent local administration. It has the administrative and financial independence within the framework of its powers, but remains under the control and supervision of the central government.
The Municipality counted (estimation) 1,235 residents. In the last municipal Lebanese elections of 2004, Bouarej counted 1,905 registered voters of which 1,141 actual voters. Bouarej's main families are: Jaber, El bast, Chahine, Kattan, Jabre.
There is one municipal school in Bouarej with an estimated 175 students.
The main income sources of Bowarij residents are the agriculture and Manual labour. A large number of the after-war generation is getting access to university degrees, especially in Engineering, medicine and economics. Bowarij hosts one of the biggest cheese manufactures in the Beqaa valley, Abnaa Jaber Jaber, that is known for high quality local cheese.
Bouarej surface stretches for 347 hectares (3.47 km² - 1.33942 mi²) . It is between 1,350 m (4,430 ft) and 1,600 m (5,200 ft) above sea level which added a very cool weather between coldness and dry air in addition to a panoramic view for the Beqaa Valley from every corner.
Bowarij is a holliday destination in summer. Winters can be tough though, and Bowarij is covered by snow for the mbiggest part of winter. Due to its 1500 meters elevation Bowarij has a wonderful view on the Bekaa valley Also a book "Buarij, portrait of a Lebanese Muslim village" by Anne H Fuller (Author)is a good reading.