Category Archives: Lebanon

Fatmagul Production reduced over fuel quality concerns

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I recommend we rent another power ship (Let’s call it “Mohannad Sultan”) to supply Fatmagul with electricity and in turn power up the Zouk Power Plant. That way we will have double the cost and pollution.

BEIRUT: The Turkish operator of the power ship hired by Lebanon has cut its electricity production because of poor quality diesel, Electricite Du Liban and Karkey Karadeniz Elektrik Uretim sources told The Daily Star denying any failure on the vessel’s generators.

An EDL spokesperson told The Daily Star that the capacity of the Fatmagül Sultan dropped because of concerns by the operator over the quality of the fuel supplied “as well as other issues”.

Under the $360 million three-year contract signed by the Energy Ministry in 2012, the Lebanese government is responsible for supplying the fuel needed to run the ship. [Link]

Marwan Charbel Signed First Ever Civil Marriage in Lebanon

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This is great news but what we need now is a proper law that allows and recognizes civil marriages, not a loophole in an archaic French Law back from the 1930s.

Caretaker Interior Minister Marwan Charbel signed the civil marriage certificate of Kholoud Succariyeh and Nidal Darwish, the state-run National News Agency reported on Thursday. “By this, Succariyeh and Darwish’s union becomes the first civil marriage registered in the records of the Directorate General for Personal Affairs in Lebanon,” the NNA noted. [Naharnet]

Eitherway, Amal has to come up with a new Zaghlouta now.

Lebanon in the top 5 countries of the World for Maths and Science education

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The World Economic Forum’s 2013 Global Information Technology Report, ranked Lebanon in the top 5 countries of the World for Maths and Science education and in the top 10 for Quality of the Educational System.

Something to be proud of for a change.

You can check out the full report [Here]. Go to Page 213 for stats related to Lebanon.


Thank You, Beirut. Your Friend, Dubai.

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More and more people prefer going to Dubai rather than coming to Beirut. We’ve lost our competitive advantage and we are falling behind as a top destination for tourists, even the Arab ones.

Before I left for my trip to Lebanon this December, my 84-year-old neighbor told me about the fantastic nightlife in Beirut. She had visited the city after World War II, while her husband was stationed in Europe. She told me about Beirut’s unique blend of European sophistication and liberal leanings in an Arab milieu. Just about 150 miles from Cyprus on the Mediterranean, Beirut served as a gateway to the Middle East.

Flash forward to today. A generation of Lebanese disenfranchised by 15 years of civil war, a technical state of war with Israel, the presence of the Hezbollah in Lebanon and the war in Syria have contributed to the decline of Beirut as a safe, reliable point of entry into the Middle East. As a result, the soul of Beirut’s Western-leaning temperament was mimicked in Disney-esque style by the city of Dubai. And it’s a crying shame.

It’s sad because Dubai is now viewed as the preeminent, culturally westernized city in the region. Dubai, as an urban personification of the West, is the spoiled little boy who has to have the biggest piece of candy. It’s a place with Texas-inspired adoration for the new, big and sparkly; a town with a New Yorker’s greed to have more. Cops drive in Lamborghinis. Visitors party at nightclubs imported from Las Vegas, Amsterdam and… Beirut. [Link]

Lebanon’s Gas Resources: A Blessing or A Curse?

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HMA Tom Fletcher asked three important questions to the Lebanese in regards to the latest discoveries of gas resources in Lebanon:
1- Do you have the courage to coexist?
2- Do you have a national vision? What kind of Lebanon do you want to see in 2020, when the gas revenues start to filter through?
3- How do you hold the state to account in delivering the benefits of these resources to the people?

Georges Sassine tried to provide an answer to the third question. Check out his interesting take on this subject [Here].

As far as I am concerned, I’d rather we stay away from the oil and gas resources.

BLVD44 opening in Beirut on May 18th

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Where Fashion Chic Meets Cosmopolitan Flair Blvd 44 Seeks To Provide A Plush Rendezvous For The City’s Elite. In 2012 Blvd 44 Established Itself As A Landmark Among Montreal’s Party Venues. This Year Its creators Are Bringing Its Unique Flavors To The Heart Of Beirut. The Stage Is Finally Set With International Media Organisations Touting Beirut City As A Premier Entertainment Destination. [Facebook]