A Saudi Warning to Lebanon from 1967

OldBeyrouth shared yesterday an excerpt from an article published in 1967 depicting the reactions of Lebanese officials following a Saudi warning. The warning apparently came after a Lebanese newspapers attacked the Kingdom but the Lebanese government issued an official statement back then refusing the warning and asking KSA to respect Lebanon's stances, and added that they cannot forbid newspapers from sharing opinions as long as they abide by the set rules. Fifty years later, we're…

Back when a Full Ski Day Used to Cost 25 Liras

I found this old poster on Save Beirut Heritage's FB page taken from the Daily Star and it dates back to January 15 1966. The poster is by Kurban Tours and is promoting three ski offers to Faraya/Mzaar. The full day used to cost 25 LL, while a five day vacation used to cost 129LL all inclusive. If I'm not mistaken, 1 US dollar was worth 3 Lebanese pounds before the civil war, so 25…

In Pictures: Ibrahim Shaker Palace – Ras Al Jabal / Aley

2 months ago
Saudi business magnate Ibrahim Shaker had his villa built in one of the most strategic locations in Aley in the 1950s. Shaker was a business pioneer in Saudi Arabia and a member of the Administrative ...

Present-day Lebanese Descendants of Biblical Canaanites

3 months ago
A recent paper entitled “Continuity and Admixture in the Last Five Millennia of Levantine History from Ancient Canaanite and Present-Day Lebanese Genome Sequences” has proven that more “than 90 percent of the genetic ancestry of ...

Baalbeck’s Megalithic Stone Blocks: Ancient Engineering or Aliens?

5 months ago
I spent my Sunday morning reading about Baalbeck’s massive stone blocks and how no one has figured out yet how Romans were able to cut with such precision a 3,000 ton stone, why and how ...

Independence Parade – Lebanon 1971

6 months ago
We had more warplanes and helicopters back in 1971 than we currently have now. Unfortunately, the 12 Mirages that we got from France were never really used due to lack of funds and later sold ...

Al Kassouf Grand Hotel

10 months ago
Check out these beautiful shots that I took from inside the iconic Al Kassouf Hotel in Shweir, which was built in the 1930s and damaged during the war. According to a 2013 post on Shweir.com, ...

Lebanon at the Disco Dance Finals in 1980

1 year ago
I have no idea how my friend Mark dug out this video but it’s pretty cool. There was a Lebanese participant at the the 1980 Disco Dance World Finals called Henri Daou. I have no ...

In Pictures: Bechara El Khoury Abandoned Palace in Zokak el-Blat

1 year ago
Zokak el-Blat used to be one of the upper class districts in Beirut where villas and palaces were built. It was also the first area to have a paved road, hence its name. Two of ...

Visiting The Grand Aley Hotel, Also Known As Gebaily Hotel

1 year ago
I shared a piece by the Guardian earlier this year on the The Grand Aley Hotel and how it’s been for sale since 2008 after the central bank seized the hotel. Update: The owners are ...