Akkar is a district in the North of Lebanon, right on the border to Syria. It has about 200 thousand inhabitants and an area of 788 km2 - which, for the sake of comparison, is less than half the size of Greater London. Akkar's capital is the historic town of Alba, with a population of 4500, but Bebnin is the district's largest city. As most of Lebanon, Akkar District too is truly multi-cultural, the biggest religious groups being Sunni Muslims, Maronite Catholics, and Greek Orthodox Christians, who all live together in a long-established, traditional atmosphere of tolerance.
Akkar is very attractive for tourists - not only is there the beautiful Mediterranean Sea, but there are also high mountains in the Eastern part of the district.
It is clear that Akkar District has not yet fulfilled its full potential. With the Lebanese civil war being a thing of the past and the country, mostly through free-market reforms, at last truly arriving at the age of globalization, the future is clearly about to begin for Akkar.