The deputy mayor of Auburn (Australia) Salim Mehajer, who is of Lebanese origins, is at the center of a controversy following his lavish wedding and the traffic chaos he caused. There’s even an online petition requesting that Mehajer gets sacked from the Auburn council. Mehajer had all vehicles in his neighborhood removed (or towed) and public roads closed to make way to make way for his $50M motorcade that consisted of Roll Royces, Lamborghinis, Ferraris and others.
I was checking few pictures and videos of the wedding and what this guy did for his wedding is insane! I counted two Maseratis, 1 Ferrari FF, 3 Ferraris, 3 Audis, 6 Lamborghinis, 6 Rolls Royces, 2 Bentleys and a Bugatti Veyron.
Funnily enough, I was just complaining the other day on how Lebanese trend to close down roads and highways on their wedding day. It appears that we take these bad habits with us everywhere we go.
Some Dubai-based website called anaZahra shared and sponsored a post on Facebook about Maya Diab with a picture of Angelina Jolie showing. Fi kteer chabah
Clooney and Alamuddin’s four-day wedding celebrations in Venice cost around 10 millions euros according to Elle and Telegraph. I read somewhere that the whole event may have been paid by Amal’s father Ramzi, who’s a retired professor at the American University of Beirut but I doubt it. One thing is for sure, is that Amal is the one making all the headlines and not Clooney and she totally deserves it!
On a last note, I was quite surprised to read that they offered their guests an iPod with a list of their favorite songs as a gift. I didn’t know people still buy iPods these days and Techcrunch agrees that the iPod is dead.
[YouTube] Amal Alamuddin’s wedding dresses in 60 seconds
[YouTube] Start watching at Minute 10:30
MTV, Annahar and a couple of other news portals reported that Shakira shared this video but I only found it on some unofficial Facebook group. What caught my attention is that she was singing “A3tini Al Naya” for Fairouz which is a song that is taught in most Lebanese schools. I wonder who taught her that song because it’s a very bad song for belly dancing lol!
Update: Georges Clooney has apparently responded personally to these allegations and stated the whole thing is a lie.
I think it’s all gossip and rumors but there are a lot of Lebanese who still think that way so it might as well be true. Sometimes it’s not just a matter of religion but more of a tradition to marry within your group or village or sect. In all cases, it’s funny seeing all the media talking about the Lebanese society because of Amal’s wedding and bringing out stories like that one of the poor Sunni Muslim whose penis was cut off by his Druze wife’s male relatives for her defiance of their religion.
This story will definitely make Clooney reconsider visiting Lebanon lol!
Baria Alamuddin, an editor for Arab newspaper Al Hayat, supposedly wished for her daughter to marry within the family’s strict Lebanese religious sect, close family friends told the gossip site.
Coming from the Druze sect, her family’s beliefs forbid her to marry outsiders, which often results in excommunication and a social boycott. “You would think Amal has hit the jackpot with George Clooney, but Baria is not happy,” a friend of the family said. [Source]
I don’t know how the rumors spread that Clooney and Alamuddin are getting married in Lebanon, but it doesn’t look like the wedding is taking place in Alamuddin’s native Chouf Village of Baakline. In fact, the HuffingtonPost and Time reported that the couple are probably getting married at Highclere Castle (the castle from Downton Abbey) in England or at Clooney’s palatial Italian villa on Lake Como. People magazine however is saying the couple might have a party afterwards near Alamuddin’s Lebanese hometown.
To be honest, I am not really interested in the wedding but it would be a great boost for Lebanon’s tourism if the world’s most talked about couple decides to have a small party in Lebanon.
I posted back in October about Clooney’s mystery lady and that she’s originally Lebanese and a successful lawyer in the UK. Well it looks like the couple just got engaged according to TMZ.
Amal Alamuddin is a “barrister specializing in international law, human rights, extradition and criminal law. She is currently representing Julian Assange, head of Wikileaks, in his extradition proceedings with Sweden and was also voted the hottest UK barrister earlier back in 2013.
The decree that was issued last year in order to prevent illegally imported devices and protect the consumer from counterfeits might be dropped next week by the new Telecom Minister according to reports from Lebanonfiles. I really hope this is true because this decree is absolutely useless and has been causing headaches for all parties involved. In fact, it is not even working properly as my friend last week couldn’t register his iPhone because someone had also an iPhone (Fake one probably) in Lebanon with the same IMEI but registered to another line.
Amal Alamuddin is a “barrister specializing in international law, human rights, extradition and criminal law. She has represented clients in cases before the International Criminal Court, the International Court of Justice and the European Court of Human Rights, as well as in domestic courts in the UK and US” [Source]. She is currently representing Julian Assange, head of Wikileaks, in his extradition proceedings with Sweden.
I was told she is originally Lebanese but I couldn’t find any reference to that. Amal was also voted the hottest UK barrister earlier this year.
George Clooney’s newest love interest has officially been revealed. One week after the award-winning actor was spotted dining with a mystery brunette (and roughly three months since his split from former WWE star Stacy Keibler), the woman has been identified as British lawyer Amal Alamuddin.
E! News reported Monday that Alamuddin is the woman with whom Clooney was recently photographed leaving Berners Tavern in London late last week. Paparazzi originally captured the pair leaving the restaurant after enjoying a meal of contemporary English fare at its Edition hotel-based establishment, smiling at one another before leaving together in a cab. So just who is Clooney’s latest girlfriend? [Source]
Update: Proof that she’s Lebanese
Amal Alamuddin from Lebanon (LL.M. `01) and Emma Lindsay of the UK (LL.M. `03)
Amal Alamuddin was born in Beirut, and educated in English law at St. Hugh’s College, Oxford University. She joined NYU School of Law in 2000 for the LL.M. program. During her time at NYU she studied both public international law and U.S. law, and worked for one semester as a student law-clerk at the Chambers of Judge Sonia Sotomayor at the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Upon graduation Ms. Alamuddin joined the litigation department of Sullivan & Cromwell, New York, where she practiced U.S. and international law for three years. Ms. Alamuddin worked at the International Court of Justice in 2004-04 and is one of two NYU-sponsored clerks at the Court, acting as a clerk to Judge Vladen S. Vereshchetin (Russian Federation) and Judge Nabil Elaraby (Egypt). [Source]
Thank you Rana!
According to a source of mine Alshaya have purchased the franchise rights to open The Cheesecake Factory throughout the Middle East including Turkey, Russia and Beirut. The Cheesecake Factory is expected to open at the end of the year in Kuwait but I don’t have information on when the Beirut branch is planning to launch. Shake Shack on the other hand is opening this July.