The Lebanese government has signed a memorandum of understanding with the former UK Foreign Office building on the site of the former headquarters of the British Embassy in Beirut to create the country’s first art gallery, the countrys leading arts news agency, Al-Hayat, reported on Monday.
The agreement was signed on Monday at the British embassy, in Beirut, the agency said, adding that the memorandum is a huge step to transform the old British Embassy into an art gallery.
Al-Hayad quoted the Lebanese minister of culture, Abdallah Al-Rassoul, as saying the agreement is a major step towards the creation of a “world class” art gallery for the Lebanese people.
The building was the first building of the U.K. Embassy to be completely demolished in the 1980s and was eventually converted into a hotel.
The former British Ambassador building was used as a police station before it was turned into a commercial center.
It was demolished in March 2015, after more than five years of conflict.
Since then, the building has become a hotel, a hotel and an art museum.