Ehmej is located in the center of the Jbeil Mountains, 1250 meters above sea level, 22 km away from the region’s center, 60 km from the capital Beirut and has a population of 5000 people.
The name of Ehmej has 2 possible origins: the first is Aramaic which means “the hidden” because it is located between various forests, the second is Syriac, and means “top of the valley”.
Ehmej enjoys a strategic location in Jbeil and host many roads that connect the region and the Mount Lebanon governorate with:
– The governorate of Northern Bekaa through Jbeil-Ehmej- Laklouk- Akoura until the city of Baalbek.
– The governorate of Northern Lebanon through Ehmej- Laklouk- Tannourin- Hadath Al-Hebeh until the city of Al-Arz.
Ehmej is encircled from the east and north east by Tannourin and Mazraet Al-Sayad, from the north by Mechmech and Jaj, by Torzaya and Anaya from the west and Almat as well as Qartaba from the south.
Ehmej is renowned for its bewildering nature extending between Anaya and Laklouk. Forests constitute around 70% of its lands. It is also a refuge for flora and fauna diversity. We mention in particular: Iris, oak, juniper, and Malloul and wild animals and birds such as foxes, hyenas, etc…
Ehmej has 13 churches as well as several others in the region, that are highly important to religious tourism.
Residential neighborhoods in the town of Ehmej:
Al-Shaab, Al-Owaini, Al-Sharfa, Bersaisa, Hay Al-Worood, As-Saha, Shwar As-Shir, Bkarta, Ain Al-Dayaa, Ain Al-Deir, Hayoun, Al-Karkouf, Al-Araybat, Al-Mokhada, Ain Al-Hamam, Al-Borj, Sheryata, Arousat, Shekhnaya.
Families in Ehmej:
Al-Khoury, Khalife, Gebrayel, Abi Ramia, Barakat, Zakhia, Abi Semaan, Al-Ghobri, Ziady, Abi Younes, Daher, Abi Khalil, Abi Saad, Abi Awad, Kostantin, Al-Hayek, Abi Issa, Al-Kossaifi, Abi Sleiman, Al-Mujaber, Hardan, Maroun, Bechara, Matta, Koberyanos, Iliya, Nkoula, Moussa.
The school of Our Lady of the Rock – the Maronite Sisters of the Holy Family (primary)
Ehmej Official School (primary and secondary education)
Clubs and Associations: Hafroun Sports Club
The Association for the Development of Ehmej
The Social Cultural Association
The Board of Our Lady of the Rock
Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Official departments: the main center of skids in the area of Byblos and Batroun, as well as a Phone Center and municipality.
Agricultural production: In Ehmej, villagers produce vegetables and fruits such as cherries, pears, peachpulms, apples, and grapes. Recently, a new agricultural trend emerged: chest nuts and kiwis…
Poultry and livestock productions also thrive in the town
Industrial production: Ehmej’s industrial production is currently limited to some handcrafts and artifacts, food industries, local provisions, and diary productions.
Trade: A number of shops providethe villagers’needs: food, groceries, fruits, vegetables, clothing,and shoes.