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Map showing the location of Miniara within Lebanon
Map showing the location of Miniara within Lebanon
Location within Lebanon
Coordinates: 34°31′57″N 36°03′38.76″E / 34.53250°N 36.0607667°E / 34.53250; 36.0607667
Country Lebanon
GovernorateAkkar Governorate
DistrictAkkar District
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)
Dialing code+961

Miniara (Arabic: منياره) (also transliterated Minyara) is a village in Akkar Governorate, Lebanon, 9 kilometers east of the Mediterranean Sea, and 3 kilometers south of Halba. The population is between 7,000 and 10,000.


Miniara is the birthplace of Ibrahim Beik El-Sarraf, the first member of the Lebanese parliament to represent the Christian seat of Akkar for 2 terms when Lebanon was still a French Mandate, and his younger brother "Afandi" Zeki EL Sarraf the first mayor in the municipality of Akkar in his village Miniara.[citation needed] Dr Yacoub El Sarraf--son of Ibrahim El Sarraf and a generous doctor who treated poor people free of charge and conducted many public services--was elected the Minister of Health in Lebanon. The current mayor of the village of Miniara is Toni Maim Aboud since 1998.


The population is religiously diverse. A Christian village but of several different denominations with a majority of Greek Orthodox and including Melkite Greek Catholic, Maronite Catholic, and Evangelical.[1]


The majority of Miniara's teenage population is either in high school or has completed high school.

Miniara has both private and public schools.

Private Schools[edit]

  • Saint Joseph's High School
  • Saint Joseph's Elementary School
  • Ecole Nationale Orthodoxe (E.N.O)
  • Modern School

Public Schools[edit]

  • Miniara Female Public School
  • Miniara Public High School
  • Miniara Boys Public School


  1. ^ "Municipal and ikhtiyariah elections in Northern Lebanon" (PDF). The Monthly. March 2010. p. 21. Archived from the original on 3 June 2016. Retrieved 4 November 2016. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)

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Coordinates: 34°31′57″N 36°03′38.76″E / 34.53250°N 36.0607667°E / 34.53250; 36.0607667