Sidon as measured is the third largest city in the settlement of Lebanon. It is located to the south of Lebanon and becomes a part of the Mediterranean coast. The meaning of the name ‘Sidon’ is fishery. It was one of the most important Phoenician cities and it has been referred in quite a number of places that ‘Sidon’ might have been the oldest at that time. To its north is the capital of Lebanon, Beirut and to its south is the township of Tyre. Islam is the main religion here. The port in this city is heavily silted and can be of use only for small coastal boats. Fishing is the main activity here but in some parts agriculture is also carried out. The population here is around 2, 00,000 and most of them are Muslim Sunni, Muslim Shiite and some Catholics. There is also an oil refinery situated here and is useful for the recent development activities here. Sidon has a history that is very impressive and dates back to 4000 BC.
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