Abdul Rahman HOURIE (1927-2010)

On August 20, 2010, the founder and president of Société D’Entreprises A. R. Hourie, Mr. Abdul Rahman Hourie passed away at the age of 83, leaving behind him a legacy of achievements. Mr. Hourie was truly one of Lebanon’s great men with his outstanding values, his continuous search for challenge and excellence in all his works.

Born in 1927 in Lattaqia, Syria, Mr. Hourie studied at the College de Freres in Beirut, then completed his civil engineering degree at the Ecole Superieure des Ingenieurs de Beyrouth (E.S.I.B.).

He went back to his country of origin, Syria where he was called to become the head of Lattaqia’s municipality . He was later appointed as minister of Public Works in the government of Adeeb Shishakli.

In 1963 he moved to Beirut and started working as a contractor of public works. In 1966, he founded Societe d’Enterprises A. R. Hourie and quickly established his company as one of the leading contracting firms in Lebanon.

All through his tenure, the Company never ceased to operate even throughout the Lebanese civil war during which it was busy working on both sides of the divided country.

Abdul Rahman Hourie was a brilliant engineer with a sharp mind, a charismatic leader, with great modesty and humanity, a role model for all who knew him or worked with him. 

Working uninterruptedly until the last day of his life, Abdul Rahman Hourie leaves behind a rich legacy of major projects all over Lebanon.

The staff of Entreprises A. R. Hourie will miss his wisdom and his leadership, and we quote for them this word from the holy Koran that was written on Mr. Hourie’s wall:

“Taawanou…” (Cooperate)