Zahlé s the capital of Beqaa Governorate, Lebanon. With around 130,000 inhabitants it is the fourth largest city in Lebanon. The population of the city is almost entirely Christian, and is predominantly Melkite Greek Catholic. A red-roofed town set among the eastern foothills of Mount Sannine, Zahle enjoys a prime location in the Beqaa valley. Snowcapped mountains tower above it in winter, while in summer its 945 meter elevation keeps the air light and dry.The city center spreads along both banks of the Bardouni River, with the older section of town on the upper elevations of the west bank and the shopping district on the east bank.At the northern end of town is the Bardouni river valley known as Wadi El-Arayesh (Grape Vine Valley) the site of Zahle's famous outdoor restaurants.