It was around 1 pm when I got to Beirut City Centre and traffic was relatively reasonable. The entrance to the parking was crowded so I didn’t bother wait to park inside and found a spot easily in the large parking lots (not yet paved with asphalt) outside the mall.
The mall inside is huge. It consists of four levels with over 200 stores. The big stores open or set to open are Carrefour on the Ground Level and Level 1, CentrePoint on the Ground Level, H&M on Level1 and Marks & Spencer on Level2. You can check out the full list of stores [Here].
Level3 is the Terrace and is not yet open but I was able to check it out and take few pictures. As you can see from the pictures below, Roadster Diner will open next to the Cheese Cake Factory and Shake Shack. Vox Cinemas are also still under construction and look nice. I also spotted Nasma Restaurant (Previously known as Basma) and P.F. Chang’s.
Update2: Azadea Group answered regarding the Bershka shirt. Check it [Here].
Update: Apparently this is Santa Muerte, a sacred figure and feminine skeletal folk saint venerated primarily in Mexico. I think I’ve seen it in one of Breaking Bad’s episodes. Thank you Posh!
I’ve seen many on Facebook today criticizing Bershka’s Lady of skulls shirt that disrespects Virgin Mary. While such a shirt may be considered as an insult to some Christians in Lebanon, I don’t think we need to make a big deal out of it. In fact, I am sure there are tons of other similar shirts (in terms of disrespecting religions) in the Lebanese Market that no one has discovered yet. If we were to point out all the items and products that are disrespectful to religions in the market, we will need to come up with a special ministry for that.
What may seem as fashionable to a group of people in a certain country can be offensive to another group in another country, so those who are bothered with this shirt can report it to the authorities who will be more than glad to ban it, or even file a complaint to Bershka or Azadea Group.
On a last note and after seeing MTV’s report on that shirt, I am not sure how anyone can monitor all the clothes coming to Lebanon and see which one is disrespectful to religions and which is not. The only way to do that is ban everything like Karl suggests in his post.
That’s still though not a reason for Lebanese TVs to give fortune tellers so much importance. I was flipping through channels yesterday and saw Layla Abdel Latif predicting stuff on LBCI. To be honest, I was truly surprised by how serious the show host was when discussing Layla’s predictions as if they were of any value.
As posted earlier, Mar Mikhael area will be transformed into a pedestrian zone today from 10.00 am till 5.00 pm. Free entertainment involving, art, music, sports, and environmental activities, will be offered to adults and children. The weather is perfect today for a walk, biking or some fun with your friends and family so head out to Mar Mikhael if you can.
10.00 am to 5.00 pm bike rentals with Beirut by Bikes.
- Photography Exhibition with Beirut Street Photography.
- Street Musicians.
- Children corner with arts crafts and cultural activities around themed around nature and the environment, with Le Club des 2 Clowns from11.00 am to 4.00 pm.
- Sports challenge track,
- 10.00 am to 5.00 pm Giant Banquet in collaboration with Souk El Tayeb
- 10.00 am to 5.00 pm Arts and Crafts exhibition with objects of all kinds.
- 10.00 am to 5.00 pm Sculpture: From clean waste, residents will be invited to create a sculpture together under the leadership of Imad Abdelnour. The sculpture will remain on display on the premises.
- Several painters scattered along the street and live painting Mar Mikhael landscapes.
- 2.30 pm to 3.30 pm the 149th Live painting show with Bernard Renno.
- 11.30 am to 3.00 pm street shows: Fanfares; stilt walkers; bike show; Roller show.
- Planting with the participation of residents in different locations – mainly on the stairs.
- Recycling project with “G”.
-Races on wheel Chairs with “LAUGH” association
- Graffitis event with a selection of artists on The abandoned buses in the train station to the sound of music mixed by Medea Azouri
You can follow me on Instagram [LeNajib] and Twitter [@LeNajib] for updates on the event.
I’ve tested and reviewed smart phones, TVs, apps and games so far and the new Volvo V40 will proudly be the first car I get to test drive and write about. I just picked up the car today which is perfect as I will have the whole weekend to try it out.
I will write next week a full review so stay posted (if cars interest you of course).
Here are few pictures of the Beirut City Centre that opened yesterday. There are a lot of shops and restaurants that are still not open such as the Cheese Cake Factory, Shake Shack and Fat Burger but they are coming very soon from what I heard. Carrefour was the main attraction yesterday as they were offering a lot of items with great discounts.
I am passing by this weekend so I will have more pictures and information to share.