Category Archives: Events

Lebanese Desert Runner Ali Wehbe Running For Autism

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Ali Wehbi is a Lebanese extreme runner and the first Arab ever to join the very private 4 deserts club. Ali enjoys running in extreme conditions and completing new challenges. He is one of 125 runners to complete the four deserts and the first Arab ever to enter the 7 continents race. He also took on an adventure in the North Pole in the toughest of conditions. He is known as Alain Wehbi in France.

Having said all that, Ali Wehbe’s next adventure will be running Lebanon for 12 days in 12 marathons in order to raise awareness and support the Lebanese Austism Society (LAS). Ali Wehbi will cross around 550km and will make 11 stops. During each phase of the marathon, he will be accompanied by students from 12 different schools.

The race kicks off on April 2nd and ends on April 13 2014.

Lebanese Individuals, Companies and Organizations Participating In The 2014 Green Mind Awards

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Ixsir Winery

The Green Mind Award is an annual program that awards the Top Green Achievements done by Individuals, Companies and Organizations in the MENA Region. Here’s a list of participants from Lebanon that you can vote for under their respective category:

The Green NGO Award
– The Association of Lebanese Industrialists (ALI), The Green Production Help Desk (GHD)
– Beirut Green Project, Beirut Green Guide

The Green Education Award
– Christelle Ziadé, L’Art-Terre du Savoir-Vert
– Michel Maalouly Student Group, Sustainable Housing Unit
– Lama Al Haj Hassan, Breathe Green (Not sure if that’s a Lebanese project)

The Green Media Award
– Eurisko Technology Solutions, Green Lebanon
– Oleg Farah, Standby

The Green Industry Award
– Wines of Lebanon, IXSIR (Project and Winery)

The Green Individual Award
– Ramy El Khazen, The Junkyard
– Pascal Ibrahim, Green Micro-Landscape (Not sure if that’s a Lebanese project)

The Green Hospitality Award
– Bioland, Bioland Green Meeting Point

The Green Community Award
– Lebanese Center for Energy Conservation, NEEREA
– Municipality of Jbail, Jbail – a Zero Waste City

The Green Innovation Award
– Green Studios, Hydroponic Green Walls and Roof Gardens Adapted to Hot Weathers (Not sure if that’s a Lebanese project)

The Green CSR Award
– AUB, Hazardous Waste Management Program

I couldn’t find any participants under The Green Woman Of The Earth Award and there’s no information available on any of the projects submitted which is weird.

Earth Hour 2014 In Lebanon

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Earth Hour is taking place this year on Saturday March 29th at 8:30pm. Last year, Achrafieh went dark for an hour to celebrate Earth Hour and I hope this years other cities from all around Lebanon will do the same. Thousands of cities in more than 150 countries will switch off their lights for Earth Hour 2014.

This global event is to remind us all that we have to seriously start considering renewable energies as individuals and as a country.

You can check out [Earth Hour Lebanon] for further info.

A Car-Free Day In Monot Street On March 30

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In case you haven’t been there to any of the car-free days organized by Achrafieh2020, here’s your chance to attend one on March 30 in Monot Street, Achrafieh.

The last car-free day was in Gemmayze and it was great! I usually go early in the morning and stay till around noon but things start to pick up after lunch and it’s usually packed in the evening with music playing everywhere and bars and restaurants open all over the street.

If you want to take a look at previous events, check out pictures from the Achrafieh and Rmeil car-free days.

Lebanese Festival Day 2014 In London

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The Lebanese Festival Day is an annual event held in London aimed at bringing together members of the Lebanese community in the UK. Around 7000 people attended last year’s event and the organizers are working on attracting more Lebanese to the 2014 edition.

Here’s a link to the event if you wish to join or help out. [LebFestivalDay]

The Lebanese Festival day is an Annual event held in London and aims at giving members of the Lebanese community in the UK the opportunity to meet each other, irrespective of their religious or political views. The Festival aims to create awareness and educate the wider British community about Lebanese culture, customs and traditions also to promote Lebanese products, cuisine, culture, education and tourism. The organising Committee of the Lebanese Festival Day London was formed in 2009 by members of the Lebanese community from different backgrounds, all enthusiastic about Lebanon. Strictly non-religious, and non-political. Just Lebanese!


Lebanon MMA Heavy Weight Champion Mark Tanios Defeats Egyptian Mohamad Abdel Karim At Bahrain’s Desert Force Championship

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Mark Tanios is the guy on the right

Lebanese Champion Mark Tanios claimed his second consecutive win in the MMA Heavy Weight Title after defeating Egyptian Mohamad Abdel Karim at the Desert Force Championship that was held in Bahrain last week. He got unanimous decision over the Egyptian fighter and is now a step closer to the regional MMA Heavy Weight Title.

Congrats to Mark and to the Lebanese Mixed Martial Arts Committee who is preparing our MMA fighters in the best way possible! Prior to the tournament, Mark was sent to a 40-day camp At Montreal’s Tristar Gym and was supervised by Feras Zahabi, the trainer of the UFC Champion Georges St Pierre.

You can check out more pictures [Here].


More Than 1000 Cyclists Take Part In The “Ride For Roy” 65K Memorial Ride

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The Ride For Roy is a 65 km ride that starts and finishes at Atlantis, The Palm. It was organized to honor Triathlon Lebanese Champion Roy Nasr‘s memory. Roy was killed by a drunk driver whilst riding his bike near Safa Park back in September 2013.

More than 1000 cyclists joined the ride, noting that all the registration fees will go into the Roy Nasr Memorial Fund.

Here are few testimonies given by athletes on Roy, including Lebanese Maxime Chaaya.


“This is to celebrate the life of a man who was an inspiration to so many,” said Paul Venn, an organiser with Race ME, which hosts triathlon events. “It is a chance for people to pay their respects to a man who was never happier than when on his bike. The thought of more than 1,000 people on a ride with jerseys with his name would have put an enormous smile on his face.”

“Roy was a natural leader and had a certain aura about him, so whether it was in the sea or in the pool he would give others a boost and help them swim a bit quicker,” Seth Chappels, founder of Dubai Masters Swim Club where Nasr trained, said. “He was a competitive triathlete but always had time for a word for you,” he said. “You could not help but like him.”

“Roy was a motivator and such a warm person,” said Chris Khouri, an IT manager who took to triathlons after a 2009 motorbike accident left him disabled below the chest. “He would call me every couple of months to chat and he didn’t have to. He has left behind a legacy. He touched so many people because of his positivity.”

In Pictures: Lebanese Protest Against Domestic Violence On International Women’s Day

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It was great seeing so many people at Mathaf today for the demonstration planned by KAFA. It is time to change all laws that give advantage to a man over his wife or any woman for that sake, and to officially set up an office to follow up domestic violence issues and provide the required protection for victims (A governmental office not one run by an NGO).











Register For The 2014 Raid Des Cedres Through the Rangers Events App

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The “Raid Des Cedres” is a yearly event organized by the Rangers Regiment and that I would love to go to one day (Target is next year). The race starts at the Cedars of Tannourine usually and ends in the Cedars Forest in Becharre. This year the Lebanese Army launched an app to register for the event and get to know about other activities they’re organizing throughout the year.

There are 3 types of races you can register to, the 45K, the 30K and the 18K. Download the app [Here].

Part from their mission to empower Military-Civilian interaction, The Rangers of Lebanese Army are organizing yearly sports events in Lebanon to promote the below objectives:
– Enjoy Lebanon’s nature
– Exploring Lebanon’s mountains and beauty
– Promote Lebanon’s touristic image by making the event as International on yearly basis
– Respecting and preserving nature
– Competing with spirit