Lebanon is a small country with a total population of 4,223,553 (World Bank, 2010). Recent figures show that 87% of this population currently live in urban areas with the majority - estimated at 64% - residing in large agglomerations mostly in the metropolitan areas of Beirut and Tripoli (UN-HABITAT, 2008). The growth of cities in Lebanon has paralleled the urbanization process that is taking place globally. The conditions generated out of urbanization have a number of universal commonalities.This paper has been prepared to serve as a background paper for the first report on the State of the Arab Cities to be published by the UN-HABITAT, the Arab League and the Arab Town Organization.
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