Ameen Rihani Organization
"The real contribution of Rihani consists in having given us, in both Arabic and English, what may be considered the most vivid and interesting account of common-day life as it is lived at present in the hitherto little known Arabia."
Philip K. Hitti, 1931
N.Y. Herald Tribune
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Expansion To The Rihani Museum


In January 2001, a new wing has been completed and added to the Rihani Museum in Freike, Lebanon. This marks the second expansion to the museum during the past 20 years.
As a result of this expansion, Rihani's bedroom has been relocated to the western side of the Museum following the enclosure of the old arcades of that section with glass. This new room now includes his bed, wardrobe, clothes, personal items, and his travel wardrobe bag that accompanied him on most of his trips crossing the Mediterranean and the Atlantic.
Outside the museum, in the garden of Rihani's home, a collection of Arabic and English engravings have been added to a series of columns along one of the garden corridors. These excerpts have been chosen from Rihani's works and from writings by others regarding his achievements.
The new museum wing and the garden engravings were made available to visitors as of January 2001.



Museum Statistics

In January 2001, the directorate of the Rihani Museum in Lebanon issued the following statistical data for calendar year 2000:

Visitors to the museum came from:
Canada
Egypt
France
Iraq
Jordan
Lebanon
Saudi Arabia
Syria
Tunisia
UK
USA


Age and Gender Groups:
Below 21 year: 39%
Over 21 years: 61%
Male visitors: 66%
Female visitors: 34%


Educational Background:
High school students: 28%
University undergraduate students: 24%
University graduate students: 13%
Others: 35%


Social Background:
Families: 32%
Writers: 21%
Tourists: 19%
Media people: 14%
Others: 14%