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Giant human skeleton found in Saudi Arabia
By Saalim Alvi from Riyadh
Apr 22, 2004, 12:04
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Recently gas exploration is going in the desert of south east region of Saudi Arabia. This desert region is called Empty Quarter, which means in Arabic "RAB - UL -

KHAALEE"; this body has been found by ARAMCO exploration team. This proves what Allah SWT said in QURAN about the people of AAD nation and HOOD nation.
They were so tall, wide and very power full that they were able to pull out big trees just with the one hand. But what happen after when they become misguided and disobeys Allah SWT, Allah SWT destroyed the whole nation. ULEMA KIRAM of Saudi Arabia believes that this body belongs to AAD nation.

Saudi military took over this whole area. And nobody is allowed to go in this region except Saudi ARAMCO personnel's. Saudi government has kept it very secret but some military helicopters took pictures from air. And one of them he runs on internet here in Saudi Arabia.

Note size of two workers in white shirts on upper right and lower left of picture. 

United Arab Emirates (UAE)


A Shweirieh Party to spread Goodwill

The Invitation

----- Original Message -----
From: "Riad Khunieser" <rk26@aub.edu.lb>
To: "A. G. Kenicer" <anwar@shweir.com>
Sent: Friday, January 03, 2003 3:11 AM
Subject: Actions speak louder than words

Dear Anwar & shweir.com,  A brief report of good actions.

"Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you."

Working for and with non-profit organizations gives you the power and the courage to ask for help from all goodhearted citizens. If you practice what you preach, you will always find men putting hands with yours to build and help.

The Al-Berkieh Restaurant in Abu Dhabi on the 13th of December. 2002 was the place where Shweirieh and friends gathered to support "BYTNA", the Elderly Retirement Home.  A great dinner was giving by Mr. Albert Mata, the Work Council Chairman in
Abu Dhabi and the owner of the Al-Berkieh Restaurant to honor Workers for Elderly and to help in building the Retirement Home, with the presence of Miss Lebanon, Miss International, Christina Sawaya,as guest of honor, the Consul Mr. Fadi Ziady, representing the Ambassador Mr. Hassan Berrou, Shweirieh and friends. Mr. Tony Baroud, who was in Dubai on business, was invited to the party where he took roll in making it livelier. Mrs. Korban went to Abu Dhabi from Shweir to help in preparing the party and presenting
the project.  The pictures will give you a better idea for that night. 

Union is strength. This is what the workers for good projects believe in and work for.

Christina, where ever you go, your smile shines brightly and touches those around you... we love you!
Congratulations on
a Great party
for a worthy cause... > >

Our young correspondent Lama Katoul managed to have a quick interview with Christina.  click on the link below to read it.

An Interview with Christina by Lama Katoul

Thanks to all who helped bring this info to us... from taking pictures to scanning to reporting and sending them to us.

Abu Dhabi:  Elegant Party Raises $10,000 for Bayt Al Raha  
Shweir Senior Citizen Center

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Aziz Touma Sawaya
Keynote Speaker
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Site of Bayt al Raha - Shweir


Behind the scene email communication... w/ UAE FYI...

-----Original Message-----
From: Nabil Matar [mailto:nmatar@pernet.net]
Sent: Saturday, June 16, 2001 2:17 PM
To: "fsawaya"@hotmail.com""@mail.pernet.net; polo2@emirates.net.ae
Cc: Kenicer, Anwar; Matar, George

Tahiyaat Ya Shweirieh in Abu Dhabi

On behalf of the Shweirieh in The  USA and Canada we congratulate you all for a job well done.
It is so nice to see the picture of my friend the key note speaker Abou Anwar Sheik al Shabab or what we used to call him (Abou Al 3iz). I wish I could have known all the Shweirieh in these pictures. With the exception of Aziz, I couldn't identify any of you. Any way guys and girl, Anwar Shaya Kenicer and I are going to attend Eid Al Mughtaribeen this year, I wish we have the chance to meet each and every one of you.
Event like that will make me  proud of  being Shweiry.
God bless you all and long live our beautiful town
Dhour Shweir
Nabil Matar


-----Original Message-----
From: Fidaa Sawaya [mailto:fsawaya@hotmail.com]
Sent: Sunday, June 17, 2001 1:54 AM
To: nmatar@pernet.net


My father was really happy to know that you recognized him. He wants you to know that he will be in Lebanon during Eid Al Mughtarebeen and looking forward to meet you and the others.

I think Nabil Touma sent for you the picture of Bayt AL Raha and we would appreciate if you can put it on the web as per the request of the Is3afat.

Thank you again for gathering all Shweirieh all over the world.

 Note: By the way, I am the one in the picture wearing the Green Shirt and the other lady with the eye glasses is my friend "not from Shweir".



Webmaster's Note:  
Thanks for your followup message.  I thought that I made a special posting of the Bayt al Raha within half an hour after receiving photo from Nabil.  When I double checked, somehow the update was reset for an earlier version.  Sorry for the error.  Hope this will be corrected this time.  
Fidaa, either my monitor is playing color tricks on me or I missed putting the right photo, but I could not see someone with a green shirt.  Anyway hope to meet you, your dad and as many of Shweirieh this August.  
Best regards,


From a follow-up email sent on June 13, 2001 
... Attached you will find also a picture of Aziz Touma Sawaya who delivered the speech that was very much appreciated by everybody.  I hope you will put it on the web too.  I will try to send you later on the picture of the
expected "Bait Al Raha".  ...  Thank You, 

From another follow up email on 6-14-01 
Hi Shweirieh, As I promised, & as we were taught from the nature of our village "Shweir" to keep our promises, please find attached the picture of the expected "Bait Al Raha".  Hoping that we all can help to acheive the goal ..........  Thank You,

Webmaster's note:  
Thank you Nabil.  And now, can someone help identify the beautiful people in the photos?    

-----Original Message-----
From: Nabil [SMTP:polo2@emirates.net.ae]
 Sent: Friday, May 25, 2001 4:11 PM
 To: shweir@shweir.com; gmatar@aol.com
 Subject: Is3afat Fund Raising party In Abu Dhabi

 Dear Shweir.com,

 We are pleased to inform you that on the 18th of May, 2001, the  Shweirieh in Abu Dhabi the capital of the U.A.E, organized a party to raise funds for the new project - "Bayt Al Raha" - that is a rest house planned to be built in Dhour El Shweir to serve as a home for the elderly who will choose it in the future. This project is sponsored by  "Al Is3afat Wal Khadamat Al Ahlia El Shweir" but will certainly need all  the help possible from all the shweirieh and from this page we raise our voice to all who are interested in helping to contact the above mentioned association on the following numbers 009613735333 -  009613272946 - 00913270304 - 009614390779.

After the success of the party with the help of most of the shwierieh in the U.A.E, it was attended by 180 persons who all contributed in making the party a well organized one. It is worth mentioning that this event was not only attended by shweirieh but other lebanese people who saw in  "Bayt El Raha" an interesting future premises that will serve as a rest house for a large sector of Lebanon and not only shweir. 

As we like to share this event with all of the shweirieh >around the world, we do not see better than Shweir.com to help us reach this goal.  you are kindly requested to tell us what is exactly required from us in order to show the Shweirieh some pictures of the party and the project.  We await your response as soon as possible.

Thank you

Nabil Touma Sawaya


-----Original Message-----
From: Fidaa Sawaya [mailto:fsawaya@hotmail.com]
Sent: Tuesday, June 05, 2001 3:17 AM
To: kenicer@att.net
Cc: polo2@emirates.net.ae
Subject: RE: Is3afat Fund Raising party In Abu Dhabi

Hi Anwar,

First of all I would like to express to you, on behalf of all "Shweirieh" in the UAE, of our appreciation and admiration of the work you have done. It is so nice to feel that you are connected with all "Shweirieh" all over the world.

In the current situation that Lebanon is passing, which of course effecting Shweir as well, help is needed from outside and I think the Group Work will give the best results.

This year the party we did here was done on request of the "Is3afat" and we collected about USD 10,000. However, next year we are planning to do a bigger gathering for families for two reasons, first is to introduce all Shwierieh to each other, second the money we raise will be distributed among all "Jam3ieat" in Shweir.  

Myself and Nabil Touma Sawaya, will be working on the Paragrah, pictures and captions this week and will email to you.

Thank you again.

Fidaa Aziz Sawaya


-----Original Message----- 
From: A. G. Kenicer [mailto:kenicer@att.net]
Sent: Tuesday, June 05, 2001 12:55 PM
To: Fidaa Sawaya
Cc: G. Matar; polo2@emirates.net.ae
Subject: RE: Is3afat Fund Raising party In Abu Dhabi

Thank you Fidaa for your kind words.
Doesn't it feel good to be part of a team and celebrate its achievements?
Congratulations on raising $10,000 to help Shweir. That is impressive. It
is even better when you do it by holding a party where everybody has a good time.

As I send this to you, our team of Shweirieh in Texas are meeting to finalize documents to establish a non profit organization under the name of Shweir Foundation, Inc ...  By having such a non profit org, Donors will be exempt from taxes and can save as much as 20 - 30 % on the donations. It also ads legitimacy to the organization.  ... 

....   Please send photos in Jpeg format and include captions and detail description to identify any recognizable persons.  ...

I look forward to receiving your photos and info and post them on the web.

Your UAE Shweiry team is an inspiration to many Shweirys around the world.

On behalf of our/your team at Shweir.com,


Excerpt from the Bulletin Board

Shweirieh in the Emirates!

Name: Lama Sami Najib Katoul
Location: Abu Dhabi, U.A.E
Date: Tuesday, October 10, 2000 at 11:51:55
Hello everybody! hi i am the daughter of Sami Katoul & Rawya Bou Dagher i am 13 years old and I am proud of this website especially when i dont know so much about the people that live in it now I get to know most of the people that around me!I have a young notty brother called Najib he is 4 years old! I am visiting lebanon every year in the summer but basiclly i have never seen snow cause i have never been there in the winter i bet its very beautiful in the winter! last thing i would like to thank you for this lovely website! bye lama katoul!


Posted by Lama Katoul on January 10, 2001 at 12:05:43:

Just a Greeting to Everyone who is going to read this!

I would Like to Tell you How life is in the UAE!
Well when I came here to the Emirates I was Young so I don't remember a lot!
But it is Kind of Hard to live here with not knowing mush of people you know!
Its hard to live here without feeling 4 seasons passing in the year! We can only feel summer which is too hot its about 60 degrees!
I go to Shweir every year and I love the weather over there its warm and kinda chilly!
But the sad thing is I don't know anyone!
I feel lonely and down!
The summer passes by and I go back to School!
So that is all i have to say and hope u enjoyed my story!


Posted by George Matar on January 10, 2001 at 13:19:42:

In Reply to: Shweiry in the Emirates! posted by Lama Katoul on January 10, 2001 at 12:05:43:


This is a very good start, we are so privileged to have you share your inner thoughts with us. There are very few places in the world that truly have 4 seasons and Texas is not one of them. Two days ago I was working outside in my shorts, Today it is so cold that I had to wear my skiing outfit, gloves and all. Tomorrow it will be warm enough to wear short sleeve shirt. Sounds like a high security Turkish Prison, they pour hot water on you followed by icy water.
Wait until the summer The Hurricane Season Begins.

Lama, welcome to the bulletin Board, hopefully you will take this an extra step and tell us about the schools, shopping, what do you do on the weekend? Is Momma's Tabuli good? Better than Teta's? Does Daddy fix Lahim Mishwee aa fahim, or mommy does it? How is your little Najib doing lately? is he still naughty?

Every week write about something different and you are going to find out you will have many friends writing you back. I know I will.

You told me you used to write stories, here's your chance. Write some of your stories, maybe the Web master will open a new page for our Talented Young Shweirieh, And if he does, Lama will be given the full credit for starting it

Hey Everybody, Lama is one of my Favorite Shweirieh, Unlike a lot of you she always check on me and sends me emails. 

George Matar

Re: Shweiry in the Emirates!

Posted by Hilda on January 11, 2001 at 14:45:28:

In Reply to: Shweiry in the Emirates! posted by Lama Katoul on January 10, 2001 at 12:05:43:


I have a thirteen year old daughter, but life in the US is different than the Arab world. I will try to have her e-mail you but she may say she is busy. School here takes a lot of time and the after-school activities as well as studying take up the rest.

I understand that it must be difficult for you being a Lebanese girl in the UAE, but how about school? What are your favorite subjects in school? do you like to read and what? Do you play a musical instrument or what other hobbies or sports you participate in that will occupy your time.

What do you want to be when you grow up? Where would like to live?

You don't have to answer these questions on the bulliten board but think about them...and if you come across an interesting book, tell us about it, if mom agrees...


A world that is very hectic!  but not entertaining!

Posted by lama katoul on January 12, 2001 at 08:20:04:

As I said I would continue and I would contribute imaginative stories soon!

Life in the Emirates is hectic but not that entertaining.
Living here is kind of good because you meet people from different countries that have different culture traditions and so on!
I have friends from different countries but we understand each other a lot!
I know these friends since Kg and they are very helpful and supportive!
Our teachers in school are very nice adults an example that every student should look up to! Our teachers offer all there love and knowledge to make us the best students between all! Like people say “Behind every successful teacher comes a successful teacher!” That is how we are in school all the girls are like this but the boys aren’t they don’t care if they study or not and that is what spoils the environment in our class! All the girls in my class have their future planned and going for their goals so am I!
I really love reading my favorites are mysteries and stories that people go through!
I do read magazines I love music and singing and dancing and writing stories and I love helping people!
My favorite subjects in school are science,geometry ,french,art ,and P.E!
I have 5 best friends who are Leen, Esraa, Dana, Neeyand, and Maria.
I have written stories and poems and hopefully soon will be sharing them with you!
I do go to the movies and I go shopping with my mom!
I have entered a volleyball team and played for my school in a tournament and our school took 3rd place!
I am now reading 2 books which are “Chicken soup for the couples soul!” and “The treasured writings of Khalil Jibran “
When I grow up I want to be a mental doctor so I could help people and their problems!
I hope you enjoyed what you just read and I soon will be contributing imaginative stories!
Lama Katoul

Webmaster's note:  
Congratulations Lama - Your writing prompted us to feature a section on UAE at Shweir.com.   
Do you or your parents know Laura Choueri in UAE?  Here is some info on her.  May be you are neighbors. 
How about some photos of you and of the family?   Stay in touch.  

Name: Laura Choueri
Location: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Date: Friday, October 6, 2000 at 05:55:37
First, I would likel to thank George Matar for introducing me to this website-it is really rerrific. I feel that quite a few of us are going to wind up related. I am the daughter of Raymond Elias Choueri and Dolly Rucker. My father is the son of Elias Choueri and Najla Gobreil from Dhour Schweir, my mother is Greet/Austrian. My parents married and moved to Beirut, I am the third of four children. We lived in Sin-El-Fil until the war in 1975 and then moved to Riyadh in Saudi Arabia and then on to Montreal, Canada for 17 years. Iam single, and have been living in Dubai for the past five years and work with a Canadian Real Estate Company as Commercial Manager. I was born in Detroit, Michigan and moved back when I was five to Beirut and have been back many times. Our side of the Choueri family tree are Greek Orthodox and are related to the Choueri/Moujaes families. I would love to hear from everyone out there from our original home town!