Category Archives: Lebanon

Rare Footage From 1941 Of Lebanon’s Ski School In The Cedars

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british Old Picture of British Troops in the Cedars Back In the 1940s – via Old Beirut

Check out this pretty cool footage from 1941 that was shot by the Australian Imperial Forces in the Cedars. There was a storm probably similar to the one we’re having this week and Becharre residents helped dig out the snow to clear the road for the trucks as the supplies were running low.

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Originally shared by Nadine Mazloum – LBCI

It’s (Almost) Snowing In Beirut

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Biel Biel – via Sara Assaf

It’s freezing outside and all of Lebanon is covered in white even Beirut. Check out these amazing pictures from Beirut and its surrounding. That’s one heck of a storm!

Achrafieh Achrafieh Sassine – via Achrafieh Stairs

Mar Mikhael Mar Mikhael – via Jason Mardini

Alexei Achrafieh – via Alexei Hanna

Annahar Ida GHssain From Annahar building – via Ilda

Here are some pictures from Harissa, Broummana and Dbayyeh taken in the past hours:

Harissa Harissa – via Jimmy Ghazal

Broummanna2 Broummana – via Elie Zamroud

Dbayyeh Dbayyeh via Charbel Salameh

Check out this amazing [video] as well.

Six Lebanese Among The Top 100 Powerful Arabs 2015 List

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It’s great to see Karl Sharro on that list! Congrats man!

Here’s the list of all Lebanese who made it on that list with their corresponding ranking:

4- Carlos Slim, Honorary Chairman Ameirca Movil
10- Carlos Ghosn, Chairman And CEO Renault/Nissan
36- Elie Saab, Fashion Designer
53- Nayla Hayek, Chairwoman & CEO Swatch Group, Harry Winston
76- Zuhair Mrad, Fashion Designer
99- Karl Sharro, Commentator And Architect.

HRH Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Alsaud topped the list.

Kicking Off The Day With A Laugh

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dayn If you are 99 and your father is still alive, you can pay on credit lol! via Annahar

I compiled these funny pictures from last week into one post.

IMG-20150205-WA0007 Classy Driver – Thanks Rachel!

love Tripoli kind of love – via Lebanesememes

rola yammout Real Hariri love – via Hayda 7ake

banana May Hariri feeling threatened by rising star ZeeZee M

bousso Angelina to be replaced soon by Zein el Atat

How Did Zein El Atat Become A Goodwill Ambassador? WTF Did I Miss?

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The UN An organization has apparently appointed Zein el Atat as an ambassador of goodwill for human rights for the International Human Rights commission. This guy was banned at some point back in 2011 and how he’s selling his products in pharmacies and is a good will ambassador? How is that possible?

Update: The organization has no relation to the UN which is good news. I wonder how that entitles him to get a diplomatic passport though

Update 2: Organization is fake according to this article.

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What’s Wrong With Ziad El Rahbani?

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I think it’s about time Ziad el Rahbani stops talking about Fairouz or maybe stops giving interviews for good. I can’t believe he came out and said Fairouz is a fan of Qaddafi and Hitler! What’s wrong with this guy? Is he trying to tarnish his mother’s reputation? The sad part is that all media ignored most of the interview and put that statement in their headlines even though Fairouz clearly disapproves of it.

In fact, the interview says Fairouz is no longer talking to her son after he revealed that she supports Hezbollah’s leader Hassan Nasrallah. It also shows that Ziad doesn’t know what the hell he is doing anymore. He was supposed to move to Russia, wanted to put his plays online but then didn’t, and now he wants to make a Lebanese movie in Germany and is writing songs for Maya Diab. Anyway, we all know Fairouz likes to stay away from the public and doesn’t share her views much and we all love her the way she is.

Fairouz is a symbol of hope, peace and freedom. She’s a symbol all Lebanese and Arabs agree on and she will stay that way.

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MEA Airline Tickets Did Not Drop By 50%

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I saved a couple of articles I had read yesterday about MEA’s airline tickets dropping by 50% but when I woke up this morning to read the details, one of them had vanished and the other’s title had changed. I looked up a bit more and found Lea Fayad’s report which was much clearer and stated that the airline tickets dropped on average by 7% only. What was reduced by 50% is the cost of the fuel surcharge, which constitutes 14% of the ticket price.

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The screenshot shown at the start and taken from LBCI’s report shows how much prices have dropped for specific countries like Ghana, Dubai, Doha, Abu Dhabi, Paris, London and Nigeria. The biggest drop is for Ghana and Nigeria by $100 but these numbers are not really significant as MEA should have made a small table showing prices before and after and how they compare to the average ticket price. My friend who lives in Ghana told me he usually pays $1000 for his ticket but I couldn’t even simulate the ticket price on the MEA website to know if it changed or not.

To sum things up, it’s always a good thing when ticket prices drop but my friends always complain that MEA prices are more expensive than other airlines, so it would be interesting to know where how the new MEA prices compare to others as I assume all airlines reduced their prices because of the fuel price drop.

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Does It Really Matter If We Say Faraya Instead Of Kfardebian?

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ski Picture via Ralph Saade

I was checking the Red Bull Jump & Freeze event details on Facebook and saw a post done by a member of Kfardebian’s municipality asking the admin to change the location from Faraya Mzaar to Mzaar Ski Resort Kfardebian or else the event will be stopped. I wasn’t surprised to see that post as Kfardebian’s mayor and municipality have been monitoring Facebook (and other channels) for quite some time and asking people to correctly tag their town instead of Faraya, but what I didn’t appreciate was the approach and the tone they’re using.

Legally and geographically speaking, the ski slopes are all located in Kfardebian not Faraya, but we’ve been saying Faraya since ever maybe because the name is shorter and easier to say. Nevertheless, Kfardebian’s municipality has every right to clarify this misconception but they should do it in a way that doesn’t backfire on them. After all, everyone who’s going to ski in Faraya is practically going to Kfardebian as there are no ski slopes in Faraya so there’s not really a competition between the two towns. This being said, I don’t think they should threaten to cancel events in public and the comments on that post show exactly what I mean. If all Lebanese start saying Faraya just to upset the municipality and they are already doing so, then all this work would go in vain. Ironically, when Yves Nawfal was killed in Kfardebian and one of the media outlets mentioned Faraya, it was Faraya’s municipality asking to correct the location.

Speaking of this unfortunate event, Kfardebian witnessed three tragic incidents this year that I believe need more attention from the municipality than wrongly tagged photos or events:

1- Yves Nawfal‘s murder highlighted the need for further security in Kfardebian-Mzaar. Police or municipality patrols should be scheduled maybe and I think the Lebanese Army checkpoint should be put back at the town’s entrance.
2- Melanie Freiha‘s ski accident and the imminent need of setting up medical Centers and clinics (or a helicopter) near ski resorts in Lebanon.
3- The unfortunate story of a young man who got beaten up for trying to clear the road for an ambulance. There should be better traffic management specially during weekends and an emergency plan to clear the way for ambulances.

All in all, I understand and support the Kfardebian municipality’s aim to clarify this misconception we all have, and I’ve learned to tag Kfardebian in my pictures, but I don’t think they need to be that aggressive about it and I urge them to look into more serious issues (with the authorities and concerned parties) to avoid tragic events like the ones that took place during the past few months.

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Update: I added this old report that Zaven did on this matter and that explains where the Faraya-Mzaar name comes from.

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Red Bull Jump & Freeze Finally Happening In Lebanon!

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I’ve been asking Red Bull for years to organize a Jump & Freeze or a Flugtag event in Lebanon and now that it’s finally happening, I won’t be here to participate in it! I’ve watched Jump & Freeze from all over the world and it’s a lot of fun. For those of you who are not familiar with the concept, it’s as simple as that:
1- Form a team of 3 and dress up in the most creative costume you can find.
2- Make yourself a crazy little vehicle.
3- Slide down the Mzaar slope as fast as you can and pull a cool trick while jumping into the freezing pool.

Red Bull will be choosing 20 of the best teams to participate. You can read more about the rules [here] and apply using this [form]. Red Bull Jump & Freeze will be hitting the slopes of Mzaar Ski Resort in Kfardebian on the 1st of March 2015.

I will be in Barcelona that weekend so I won’t be able to make it, but I am trying to convince my brother to join in with a couple of friends and form the “Baladi team”. I already have few ideas for the vehicle and costumes.

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