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Announcing the Creation of a new web page: "Who's Who" highlighting the Luminaries and influential people from Shweir.  We combined the many that were posted before and now we add the latest:  Iskandar Harik


An article from The Emigrant Magazine - Dec 2011 issue


Happy New Year

Merry Christmas Celebrations - Dhour Shweir 2011

First impression is that Santa has traded his sleigh and joined the 21st century with this
space shuttle to deliver lots more presents and
spread Goodwill from Shweir to the Universe...

Santa, is that true?

Santa is too busy making deliveries by Christmas, he took time out to watch the Dhour Shweir Christmas Festivities... and he will answer by next Christmas

Most photos above are selections from albums below -  See more like photos and  Visit us at FaceBook Group                   

Dhour Shweir Christmas Photo albums on FaceBook
By Riad Khunieser ·
by Elie Moujaes:
Santa’s Village Dhour Shweir:
By Charbel Nakhoul

Brazil: Tabsharanis & Sawayas reconnect in Sao Paulo
New Zealand:  Happy 100 Birthday Helena Corban Ataya

To read more: 

Progress Update from Mayor Bou Saab including Electric and Water

And the Creation of another Web page:  Shweir Music Lil Izz Featuring:

 < <  a Christmas Performance &
Emigrants' Fest 2010 performance V V

 For The New Year 2011,

We Wish You
Happiness deep down within.    Serenity with each sunrise.    Success in each facet of your life.
 Family beside you.  Close and caring friends.    Health, inside you.    Love that never ends.   Special memories of all the yesterdays.    A bright today with much to be thankful for. 
 A path that leads to beautiful tomorrows.    Dreams that do their best to come true.
 Appreciation of all the wonderful things about you.

Christmas comes in many forms... Dr. Karim Nasser does it again.  This time with $50,000 Canadian for AUB Scholarships, some of which set aside for deserving Student(s) from Shweir.  > > >
More about Dr. Karim Nasser's community support at:

Lighting the Christmas Tree in Saha in Dhour Shweir Video: 
Saturday evening, Dec 18 was very special in our town.   People attended Chorus at the different churches in Dhour before gathering around the Christmas tree that decorate our square and celebrated its lightening event where the sky lit up with Fireworks.  The event was attended by the minister of tourism and deputies and different personalities in the presence of our Mayor Elias Bou Saab.   
Click here to see more video updates: 
May these videos bring to all of you wherever you are joy and peace with the coming Christmas 
Best wishes, Samar Kiame

Merry Christmas
& Happy New Year

Christmas 2010 Festivities Chantent Noel

Click on Red Thumbnails at Right for Dec 18 to read the program in Arabic.  > > >

Saturday 18th Dec 2010:
14.00: Main Place Christmas Fair in collaboration with Sesobel, Shweir first

Brigade Scout, Shweir Community Center, Message de Paix

18.00: Orthodox Church main place, School Ecclesiastic School Choir (SEM) Mount Lebanon
18.30: moukhalless Catholic Church Main Place, Choral Rencontre
18.30: Saydeh Maronite Church Main Place, Choral De Paix
18.45: Main Place Christmas tree Lighting All Activities:
            Christmas Train & Photo Shooting Souvenir.  Rencontre Santa Claus

Friday December 24th 2010
Christmas Parade Organized by the National Education Scouts, Shweir first Brigade and Sponsored by Dhour Shweir Municipality Council in collaboration with Social & Community Organizations 

 Tuesday December 28th 2010
16.00 Christmas Circus:  Saint Coeur Shweir School, organized by Women’s Renaissance Assembly and sponsored by Dhour Shweir & Ain el Sindiyaneh Municipality.

Click on Red Thumbnails at Right for Dec 24 and 28 to read the program in Arabic.  > > >

Above Photo Courtesy of Rabih Baaklini  - Click here to see Rabih's Album on FB

 Photos below courtesy of Riad Khuneisser  Riad has many great photo albums on FB Click here to view Albums by Riad

See the Making of ... A Christmas Tree

To Saha in Snow Real Christmas Days

to Christmas activities at Shweir Community Center

And Christmas in Dhour by Night by Samar Kiame

and lighting the Christmas tree by Riad

Happy 10th Anniversary,

Dr. Karim Nasser Khnaisser pledges up to $400,000 Canadian
in donations and matching funds for Education, Infrastructure, Non Profits

Great Photos of American University of Beirut "AUB" Campus by Riad Khuniesser

Plan to attend Shweir Annual Christmas Show at Municipality Community Center Saturday December 11, 2010

Click on the Arabic text above or here to read full article on Baladieh web page.

Vote for Christina Sawaya in Support of Baytna Click here to view more

Special Celebration at Saint Therese in Ain Sindayaneh

2nd Billiard tournament at “crêpe net” café organized by Halim Sawaya, Michel Bou Saab and Samer Kiame 
Read report on BB at and the link to 43 pictures on FB

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The “Youth Cultrual Group in Dhour Shweir” organized a poetic evening on the 19 of September 2010 at the Evangelical center – Ain el Assiss held by the young poets Adham el Dimashki, Ziad Akiki, Salim Alaa el Din, Munir el Hayek and Mahdi Mansour.  They recited poems of love and hope to their country or a beloved person and poems of sa...
Read about it on Shweir Bulletin Board - By Samar Kiame
Click Here to view more pictures and read text below first picture

Saving, Renovating and preserving Tahouneh in Ain Sindyaneh

And for your interactive feedback on FaceBook, click on this link:

From:    Shweir Music Lil Iz Association
Project:  Preserve “Saif w Tirs “heritage of Shweir

Greetings from Shweir …  Our association being the carrier of Shweir Flag (Alam El Shweir) and the godfather of the “ Shield & Sword " art (Saif w Tirs ) took the initiative , after getting the blessings of late Jamil Asaad Khneisser’s family , to re-print his book ( لعبة الحكم ) written in 1968 which documented the heritage of this art known in Shweir since the 19th century . This book is on asset to your library and an excellent gift to Shweireyeh in Lebanon and around the globe. If you are interested in getting your copy (cost = 10$) do contact us at:   or 00961 70 745654 to arrange the delivery.
Warm regards, Shweir Music Lil IZ, President ISSAM SAWAYA


Select posts from the web and FaceBook By:Nabil E. Matar

Five Khnaisser Weddings in one month  - 
Congrats to all the Newly Weds - Alf Mabrooke to 5 cousins - A3bal al Azzabee

5 Khneisser Weddings
in One Month

3 Khneisser s
(including two brothers < > )
1 Khneiser
1 Khunaysir

Follow the links and congrats
to See photos on FaceBook

Wissam and Roula Khneisser

Zeina Khneisser + Alex Nassar

Najib & Ghada Khneiser  

It was on of the most successful Emigrants Festival in decades. 
Thanks for all who organized, helped and volunteered.

Dhour Shweir Emigrants Festival

Festival Program
July 31 - August 19, 2010



Opening night with
Nancy Ajram July 31

Kids Program July 26 - 29



Congrats to Dhour Al Shweir Soccer coach Toufic Abou Nader and his team
for winning the "Mar Moussa" Tournament On 20th August 20, 2010
Name of Al Shweir Foobtball (Soccer) Champions:  Khaled Khamis, Khalil Khamis, Omar Abou Nader, Toufic Abou Nader, William Moujaes, Salim Moujaes, Afif Corban, Jabra Zarka, Jad Zarka, Spiro Majdalani, Rawad Chalhoub, Anthony Copti.

Dhour Shweir JAZZ FESTIVAL NIGHT  Thursday August 19, 2010 @ 6p.m.
with Rasta Beirut, RED, Banana Sanswich, Meen, Chill, Walid Itayem and the band , Moonlight & Bandage - playing the greatest hits of Rock, Jazz & blues...    
It's an open invitation Sponsored by: Almaza, Haida Jawna & Haida Nihna

Village Night 2010 - Al Yaoum Al Karawi to see over 100 pictures by Riad Khuniesser click here

Videos of Dhour Shweir Emigrant Festivals on YouTube

Nawal Zoghbi 1 Dhour Shweir- 2010
نوال الزغبي امام الالوف
  Nawal al Zoghbi 2 - 2010
نوال الزغبي تلاعب طفل في ضهور شوير
Dhour Shweir  2010  Nawal Zoghbi .
جماهير ضهور الشوير تهتف لنوال الزغبي
Nancy Ajram interview 2010 2009 Miss Emigrants
Dhour Shweir
Shweir Emigrants Festival, August 3, 2008  

Special Shweir Tour:  For those interested in Shweir heritage and archives, Issam Sawaya, among others, started working on different projects such as protecting some archaeological sites and establishing the archives on scientific basic.  Last immigrant festival, 2009 Issam gave one of most memorable tours and shared his in depth knowledge about Shweir to others on the 8th of august 2009 through an organized field trip.  This summer, He put himself at your disposal to organize field trips for you, your families, your friends, and colleagues.  Our mutual effort will accomplish many objectives:
  1- More shweireyeh will know about shweir heritage
  2-The foot traffic to shweir will increase, this will help the economy and increase the awareness about our SHWEIR AL QAHIRA.  Stay tuned...   
For more info, email Issam at: or via phone at: 00961 3 309-391   

New Shweir Mayor
as top administrator of American University of Dubai (AUD)

Election Results - See Baladieh Web page - click here


For Election Campaign and dedication of historic Plaque, see Baladieh web page

On April 21, 2010, Shweirieh in Abu Dhabi met for dinner at the Lebanese restaurant “Sahrieh” in One to One Hotel

Mrs. Christina Sawaya, Hani Touma & Nizam Abdel Ahad, Mr. Elias Bou Saab

Commemoration of Historic Plaque facilitated by past Minister of Interior Bechara Merhej

سهرة على ضوء الشموع مع نبيذ احمر وموسيقى و خليل حاوي الحاضر ابدًا 
مسية شعرية من تنظيم اللقاء الادبي في ضهور الشوير بالتعاون مع جمعية "تجاوز  قراءات شعرية من خليل حاوي
Candle light evening of poetry and music featuring Khalill Hawi by Riad Khunieser on Facebook

Photos of the event by Riad Khunieser  at

Annual Anniversary of the Rescue and Social Services Association by Riad K. 

See on FB 35 photo albums by Riad Khuniesser

Corban Family Reunion in New Zealand - April 6, 2010

Sammy Clark - Baka Hawak - سامي كلارك - بكى هواك

Mothers Day Celebration at Al Sadd Restaurant March 20, 2010

Happy Easter

United Easter Celebration
Happy Palm Sunday - March 28, 2010

Good Friday April 2, 2010

Easter 2010 Photos by Riad Khuniesser
To see Palm Sunday - March 28, 2010 and Good Friday April 2, 2010 Easter pictures on FaceBook, click below: and
This link to Good Friday

Announcing New Facebook group to link Shweirieh in UAE
"أبناء الشوير في الامارات العربية المتحدة". 
Click here to go to Group invitation

Congrats to Dr. Salim Mujais on his New book about Gibran Khalil Gibran

Article in Palm Beach News about Poet and Banker Grace Halabi

Feb 4, 2010  From Samar: 
we are having a snow storm,
and in the picture you can see
the almond blossom covered by snow
From Riad:  Click here to see
 more pictures on Facebook
 of Weather in Shweir vs Beirut

Shweir Archive“  “ Shweir Archive is the introduction to Shweir Museum
Our Village has a beautiful and rich heritage, but it has not any documentation,
Therefore, Issam Sawaya decided to launch this archive to work together to preserve the past, the present for our children and for the future.  Issam Sawaya is asking for assistance, anyone who has any picture, documents, films... 

A New Web site and a Great Poem by Grace Halabi:

A friendly competition titled “Lakouna Aal Seha”  between two towns:  Dhour Shweir and Kaa Al Reem
Click here to read report by SFA (Shweir Future in Action) and link to slide show of 130 pictures
Click here to see more pictures from

Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie in Syria

Discussion on BB by Habeeb Nacol to SAVE the Old Oak Tree  

< < At left, Habib Moujaes and Issam Sawaya talk about the Church and the Sindyani tree...
at right > > Group of Shweirys take refuge in the shade of Sindyani


There are 12 Shweir Groups on Face Book - See how many friends you recognize
Announcing Group on FaceBook:  
Click here to review it

Announcing a New Shweir Group on FaceBook:   Shweir Evergreen
Let us support this new group ' Shweir Evergreen'.  It relates to Shweir's environment and their first event is a cleaning campaign on September 19,2009 @7:30am.
They will have breakfast and meet with Difa3 Madani and then start a campaign all over Dhour Shweir. 
Bring your friends and be part of the solution. 
for more info, click on symbol or:  Shweir Evergreen

Old Photos courtesy of Riad Khneisser on FaceBook

 Check out one of the best volleyball games:  Shweir VS Syria  


Read Commentary 2009 by Al Mukhtar bil Mahjar at

Our Shweir Future in Action (SFA) Team 
Many are officers in Group on FaceBook above visit us on FaceBook
to view their profiles and get more updates & be more pro-active about issues affecting Shweir's future.

W/ co-founder Anwar Kenicer (top L) & Team founder Samar Kiame, (seated R). Missing:  Rabih Baaklini

Links about Environment:   Up to 2009            Mater Plan                     Environment                    Baladieh 
                        BB Posts:                  Industrial v. Environment   
     Recent posts @ Master Plan 

April 1, 2009 - Latest update from Municipality - See notices to & from Ministries
 Ministry of Culture & Antiquities to preserve Shweir natural Beauty
 Summary meeting update about Shweir Zoning
Ministry of Environment decree to Save Shweir
See also Master Plan

To what extent Shweiry Emigrants love Shweir?  Here are two examples from Brazil:  << Look at what Jorge Choueire, originally of Bou Zaid family, painted on his car and >>  A rock from Shweir is treasured in a beautiful case at the home of Sami and Beatriz Tabsharani in Sao Paulo, Brazil
More updates on Bou Zeid and Merege Chueire family ReUnion in Tomazina and Jaboti, Brazil


Canadian Lebanese Chamber of Commerce in Ottawa honored Hashem Yousef Hashem for his activities on behalf of the community as the Webmaster of .  Hashem also researched and documented history of many Shweir families including  Hobeika, Moujais, Abou Samra, Ghosn, Haddad, Nohra and Benab families, check this link to see related family tree on,- courtesy of Nadia Benab
2001 Reunion
Alfred Moujaes' Beach House was totally  wiped out, courtesy of IKE in 2008. 
It was Birthplace of Shweir on the Beach Reunions
and inspiration of the Founding of and the 1st Shweir Library
Thank God all are safe.
Read Al Mukhtar report and link to past Texas Shweir Reunions.  
2000 Shweir

Al Anwar = CHAMPIONSCongrats Joe Nohra and your Al Anwar Team - You make us proud.  Click here to visit Al Anwar New web page

Song/Poem written by Rida Hammam ... > > >
the Story of our Town's Road - Issat Tareek Dayaatna -
OK, Nawbeh, (Shweir Music Band)... how about transforming this into a song in memory of Mrs. Hammam?

< < < Shweir Honors Mrs. Rida Hammam naming Ain Hanoote Road in her Memory

Article about Shweir courtesy of Sally Zgheib in Paris, Samih Baaklini in TX and Joseph Zeidan in Ohio

Postcards for Shweir to benefit Community - Sample photos below - Need your input on BB  

Announcing New Restaurant by Shweiry Bishara AbuNakhle: > >
Soy, Best Chinese Cuisine in Middle East
in Ain Saadeh 18 minutes by car.
New Website: 

Mothers' Day Celebration Photo Album by Riad  Peak below

Happy Spring:  Read Samar's article about Spring on BB and see full slide show

Read about the snow storm on the BB and See slide show on Photo Bucket by Samar

Early February Snow Storm Click her or on picture  Courtesy of Riad

Meeting descendants of Shweir Emigrants in Brazil

To see a complete list of recent updates, click on this Shweir picture below V V V.


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