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The Sh'hayyed Family, sons of the late Salim Sh'hayyed and Georgette Bou Nader Khneisser.

Tanio Bou NaderIn Honor of Choueir, Dhour Shweir and Ain El Sindyani,
of our beloved Father Salim Sh'hayyed,
of our beloved Mother Georgette
and of our Grandfather Tanios Bou-Nader Khneisser
The Prominent Merchant, the Master Mason, the Master Equestrian,
& The Father of the Saif & Ters Dance (Sword and Shield)

جدّنا طانيوس بونادر خنيصر
معلّم البناء، بطل الفروسية، ومعلّم رقصة السيف والترس
(لعبة الحكم)

Are You Visiting Lebanon this Summer?
 Did you know that Dhour Choueir is one of the
Most Beautiful Mountain Resorts in the Middle East?

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to read Questions and Answers
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to read Your Letters to
Click Here to view Dhour Shweir Area Map

أخبار الشوير وعين السنديانة
الأخبار - Shweir News

Dhour Choueir Pictures

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مهرجان عيد المغتربين
Emigrant  Festival

ضهور الشوير


تقع ضهور الشوير في قضاﺀ المتن في محافظة جبل لبنان وترتفع نحو ١٢٠٠ م عن سطح البحر، وتبعد حوالي ٢٧ كلم عن العاصمة بيروت، وتحيط بها مجموعة من القرى المجاورة من أهمهاعين السنديانة، بولونيا، الخنشارة، و زرعــون.  صنفت في المرتبة الرابعة سياحياً في لبنان.


يعود الأصل في تسمية ضهور الشوير إلى كلمة "شوير" السريانيّة وتعني في اللغة العربيّة الشفير، اما كلمة الضهور فأضيفت اليها وأصبحت المحلة تعني مضرب الرياح.


تشرف ضهور الشوير على جبال صنين وكسروان، وتتميز بطابعها السياحي الجميل وهوائها العليل، ويؤمها السياح كل صيف لروعة طقسها الجميل، ومناظرها الخلابة، و تربض على قمة جبل أخضريطل على وادٍ سحيق.

وتتميز ضهور الشوير باشجار الصنوبر وكرمة العنب والمنازل اللبنانيّة المتجسدة بالحجارة الكبيرة المقصبة والقناطر المتناسقة والقرميد الأحمر. وتتزين البلدة كل صيف، لمهرجانات تحوّل ساحاتها اعراساً... ويقام مهرجان الصيف الذي يستضيف فرقاً محلية وعربية، وعيد المغتربين في شهر آب، وتنتخب خلال هذا المهرجان ملكة جمال المغتربين وتُعرض خلاله سيارات ذات قيمة تاريخية وحديثة.



A Poem for Dhour Choueir - Click Here

Elias Bou Saab, single handedly, did what so many could NOT to do 3 years ago... and that is bringing a big Christmas tree to the Se7a, and a true sense of Christmas to Dhour el Choueir for the first time in decades. Man of the Year
Mayor Elias Bou Saab

Dhour Shweir Man of The Year"My Fellow Choueiriyyeh:

Our resources may be limited at, but that has not stopped our voice from reaching the thousands of appreciative Choueiriyyeh in Dhour Choeuir, in Lebanon and in the four corners of the earth from North America, to the Arab World, to Austaralia.

That also has not stopped us, for over five years, from making a shining difference in uplifting the name and the image of Dhour Choueir worldwide, pointing out the shortcomings of some, and giving credit where credit is due.

To that effect, we award the First Man of the Year label to the Choueiri who, through his philosophy of "Injaz" has single handedly revived Dhour Choeuir after decades of shameful neglect -- Mayor Elias Bou Saab.

Visit our Facebook Group to read what fellow Choueiriyyeh have written and leave your own comment on the Transformation of our Little Town.

Thank you,

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year in advance to all who will comment.






______________________Dhour Shweir Christmas Snow 2010

"Été comme hiver, printemps et automne, le rond-point du village est TOUJOURS un delice pour les yeux et le coeur ! Good job!!! But lets not forget that CHRISTmas is in the heart FIRST!
The origin of that wonderful time of the year is to renew the REAL values of life and what's important, life, family, sharing, love, forgiveness, gathering and hope for a better future to all our loved ones" - Annie Beaudoin


"Our dream has come true.... Dhour Choueir is back again... Summer and winter we feel that we want to be there... This is where we belong... Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to our Mayor..." - Rabih Fouad El Halabi


Dhour Shweir - Dhour Choueir - Shweir
Notice the correct Official spelling
in Welcome to Dhour Choueir?

15 August 2010 Marked the End of the Dhour Choueir Emigrants Festival 2010

Emigrants Festival Pictures can be seen at our facebook group
Click Here to view the Poem "My Little Town - Dhour Choueir"
as eloquently recited by our talented young Superstar from Choueir, Sandra Clark
____________ facebook group - Join us



Dhour Chouir - Sahat
Dhour El Choueir
ساحة ضهور الشوير

Dhour Chouir - Sahat
Aerial Photo of Dhour El Shweir
ساحة ضهور الشوير - صورة جوية

 One On One Hotel - Dhour Choueir

Dhour Shweir - Dhour Choueir - Shweir
Dhour El Choueir
بلدية ضهور الشوير

Dhour Chouir - Mokhalles Church
Mkhalles Catholic Church - Dhour Shweir Plaza
كنيسة المخلص للروم الكاثوليك - ساحة الضهور



Dhour Choueir, aka Shweir, in the Matn region in Lebanon, at 1,250 meters above seal level, is a village  known for its breathtaking scenery, populous pine trees and friendly locals.
The village of Dhour Shweir lies on a northwestern peninsula, overlooking the city of Beirut, Jounieh, Mount Sannine and theMediterranean. It is 30 Km from Beirut and 42 Km from Beirut International Airport.
With 400 year old houses, narrow alleys and old churches, Choueir is a village whose traditional fabric and essence has been well preserved…

Dhour Al-Choueir's inhabitants, like Tanios Bou-Nader and his sons Jamil and Joseph Bou-Nader, were famous  for their style in architecture. They were the masons of most of the historical places in Lebanon.  All the ancient buildings one is likely to encounter immortalize in their delicately engraved sculpture the hands of Choureir masons. Dhour Al-Choueir is important for its annual Mahrajan for Immigrants.

Dhour Choueir Families
 عائلات ضهور الشوير

من أهم عائلات ضهور الشوير: خنيصر ،نهرا، أبو نادر، شحيّد، يافث، مجاعص، صوايا، عبد الأحد، أبو صعب، أبو خير، أبو شبل، حمصي، جرداق، حاوي، حبيقة، حداد، حريق، أبو سمرا، أبو صالح، أبو صوان، حنيس، بعقليني، حلبي، مرهج، أبو عزة، أبو نخلة، بدر، البواري، تبشراني، تمرر، قيامة، بركات ورحباني، توما، جبر، الخوري، خيرالله، دحدوح، درغام، رحال، الرحباني، رستم، زغيب، سعادة، سلامة، سماحة، صائغ، الصباغ، صليبا، عازار، عطايا، عون، غصن، القاصوف، قربان، كاتول، مشرق، معسعس، ناصيف، نصار، نصر، همام.


Khnaisser, Khoneisser, Khenaisser, Khneiser, Khonaysser, Khunaysir etc, Bou Nader, Sh'hayyed, Chehayed, Chahayed, Abou Nader, Choueri, Choueiri, Choueiry, Schoueri, Kasouf, Kassouf, Badr, Bader, Hawi, 7awi, Yared, Yarid, Tabsharani, Tabcharany, Emad, Eid, Bou Chaaya, Kiame, Qiameh, Kiameh Kiame, Abdel Ahad, Sawaya, Harik, Hariq, Hareek, Nasr, Aoun, Katoul, Mojaess (Moujahes, Moujaes, Mjaess), Malouf, Maalouf, Korban, Ataya, Zghaib, Zgheib, Azar, Hamouch, Hamoush, Rahbany, Rahbani, Chaaya, Eid, Zeydan (Zeidan ), Abdel Ahad, Baaklini, Bou Saab, Abou Saab, Abou Nakhleh, Mattar, Matar, Ataya, Halaby (Halabi), Homsy,  Zghaib, Mouchrik, Harik, Hammam, Jardak, Jurdak, Jordaq, Jurdaq, Jurdak, Nohra, Abi Haila, Boukheir, Samaha, Sabbagh, Dagher, Matar, Mattar, Abou Samra, Bou Saab, Abou Saab, Merhej, Aoun, ghosn, gosn, Abi Saleh, Yared,Yarid, etc...

Emigrants Festival in Dhour El Choueir

Dhour Choueir

Dhour Shweir In the Old Days - A Flash from the Past

One To One Hotel - Dhour Choueir - Click Here for more Information


Shweir Hall Of Fame
Prominent Choueiriyyeh from Dhour El Choueir

Naameh Yafeth (Nehme Jafet) نعمة يافث - Nami Jafet Library at the American University of Beirut
Tanios Bou-Nader Khneisser - The Prominent Merchant from Choueir - طانيوس بونادر خنيصر
the Master Swordsman, and the father of the Sword and Shield Dance (
رقصة السيف والترس)

Nabil Sh'hayyed - Grandson of Tanios Boun-Nader,
Publisher of the Lebanese Community News Journal and

Yvonne Bou Nader Khneisser
(Dhour Famous Centraliste and Nabil's Aunt)
Jamil Asaad Eid Khneisser - The famous Saif & Ters teacher and the student of Tanios Bou-Nader

Sammy Clark
- The International Superstar from Dhour Choueir
Abdul Ahad - The Prominent Businessman from Choueir and Nabil's cousin
Naim Sawaya
- Former Mayor of Dhour El Choueir
Antoun Saadeh - Founder of the Social National Party (
انطون سعادة)
Bechara Merhej  - Former Minister
Abouna Hannouche
Assi, Mansour and Elias Rahbani
Dr. Khalil EL Halabi
Halim EL Halabi
Khalil Hawi
Fares Badr
Raymond Ghosn
Fares Mishrik
Salwa Nassar
Assad Rustom
Professor Mansour Hanna Jurdak
Ibrahim Mitrie Rihbany 1869 - 1944
Jerjes Hammam 1856 - 1921
Dr. Daud Kurban, 1860 - 1936
Dr. Anastase Naoum Barakat, 1875 - 1962
Dr. Khalil A Saadeh, 1857 -1934

Ain Sindyani, Ain El Hanoote, Ain El Assis
"To be useful to the thousands of Choueiriyyeh in Lebanon and around the world, must focus on the grand scheme of things.
Unfortunately, we do not have the time to post funeral and birth announcements and the other day to day pictures of trees, activities and chit chat.
This is best left to other good sites who specialize in such appreciated service". - Nabil

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