The Groundbreaking Ceremony for the China-funded national higher conservatory near Lebanon’s capital Beirut was held over the weekend.

Speaking at the Ceremony in the Seaside Lebanese City of Dbayeh, Chinese Ambassador to Lebanon Wang Kejian said it is the first China-funded Complete Project in Lebanon, noting the Chinese Company working on the Conservatory managed to finish all preparations for the project despite all odds caused by the COVID-19 Outbreak.

“This is … a landmark mega-project under the Belt & Road Initiative (BRI) that enhances understanding between the peoples of China and Lebanon and embodies their friendship,” Wang said.

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Photo: Chinese Ambassador to Lebanon, Wang Kejian, Lebanese Culture Minister Abbas Mortada & Director of the Lebanese National Higher Conservatory of Music Walid Moussallem.

The Chinese Ambassador also offered his condolences for the recent death of Bassam Saba, Former Director of the Lebanese National Conservatory, after being infected with COVID-19.

With an expected cost of 62 Million U.S. Dollars, the conservatory will be finished building in three years, covering an area of 39,000 square meters and featuring teaching rooms, a library, lecture and auditorium halls, as well as a theatre that can host up to 1,200 people.

For his part, Lebanese Culture Minister Abbas Mortada said the China-funded conservatory will serve as a meeting point for artists in Lebanon and neighbouring countries in the region.

“Culture constitutes a meeting point for everybody in the world. China is building, through its Belt & Road Initiative that strives for peace, is building for a great new phase in our region,” Mortada told on the sidelines of the Ceremony.

Walid Moussallem, Director of the Lebanese National Higher Conservatory of Music, agreed that this new conservatory will serve as a space for intercultural communication and a path toward a rich culture that would allow Lebanon to convey its message to the whole world.