Category Archives: Lebanon

Updated: Bike Lane On The Beirut Corniche

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I shared this picture before knowing that the project wasn’t approved by Beirut’s municipality and I didn’t pay much attention to where the lane is. Having said that, I do agree with Beirut’s Mayor that the bike path cannot be placed in the middle of the sidewalk. The bike lane should be either put on the road, but I am not sure if that’s feasible or it can be moved to be next to the trees (like this) and therefore leave a decent space for pedestrians to walk and enjoy the sea view.

We do need bike lanes in Lebanon and I strongly support these initiatives but they need to be well executed.

Update: Beirut’s Mayor Bilal Hamad said no permission was given to draw the bike lane and that it is against the law.

Online Fundraising Campaign To Help Simon Is Finished! Total Amount Needed For The Surgery Was Collected.

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This is great news to kick off the day! Simon’s family has been raising money online to cover the expenses of his surgery and they’ve received a huge support from all the Lebanese and collected all the money needed and more a couple of weeks before the campaign’s end date.

All the best of luck to you Simon and I hope you will defeat Leukemia and get back to your normal life!

Many thanks to everyone who has helped by either donating or spreading the story.

Lezem Fashion Show

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I don’t usually post about fashion shows but this one is a different one as it doesn’t only showcase the work of young talented Lebanese but also uses the collective funds of the event in order to benefit the Lebanese society”. In fact, the funds collected from this fashion show will be donated to Basmeh and Zeitooneh, an NGO aimed at helping under-privileged people of all nationalities across camps in Lebanon.

If you wish to know more about Lezem, check their FB page [Here].

AUB’s Charles Hostler Student Center Among The 50 Most Impressive Environmentally Friendly University Buildings

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The American University of Beirut’s Charles Hostler Student Center was ranked among the 50 Most Impressive Environmentally Friendly University Buildings. I am not sure how recent this list is but a friend of mine shared the link yesterday and I thought it’s still worth a mention.

Here’s more info on the Charles Hostler Center on the [ArchDaily] and [AUB] websites.

Named after former ambassador and AUB alumnus Charles W. Hostler following his generous donation, the student center opened its facilities for use on May 23, 2008. Located on AUB’s lower campus, the Center’s facilities comprise health and fitness rooms, an indoor 25-
meter long swimming pool, a multi-use gymnasium, three basketball courts, two squash courts, student activity rooms, a refurbished track and Green Field, a 280-seat auditorium, a cafeteria, an internet room, and an underground parking area for around 200 cars.

Incorporating sports facilities and green fields, this VJAA designed project defies convention by being northward facing to optimize views and sea breezes. It also makes use of locally available building materials for posts and beams, flooring, and walls.

Bringing Life Back To The Baabda Forest

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The Green Party Of Lebanon is organizing on Sunday the 18th of May a guided hiking tour with fire fighting demonstration in order to raise money for the reforestation after the huge fire last week. You can check out more about the event [here].

I am glad the Green Party has decided to organize this event but I wish they’d take some pro-active measures and start initiatives to safeguard whatever is left of our forests in Lebanon.