Category Archives: Lebanon

Lebanon Among The Seven Most Pessimistic Countries About Their Economic Future

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I was reading on Liberation that the French are more pessimistic about their economic future than Palestinians, then I noticed Lebanese feel the same.

There’s no doubt that the economic situation is bad in Lebanon, but I doubt that it is worse than Palestine. The countries that are most optimistic about their future economic situation are China, Peru, Vietnam, Senegal, Nigeria, India and Colombia.

Check out the full study [Here].

More than half of Greeks (53%) anticipate economic conditions worsening over the next 12 months, (another 26% expect the Greek economy to remain the same, which, in a nation where the economy shrank by -3.9% in 2013 is hardly a vote of confidence). In addition, 48% of the French expect their economy to deteriorate, as do 46% of Lebanese and 44% of Palestinians. Greek pessimists, however, may be pleasantly surprised: the IMF foresees the Greek economy improving from 0.6% growth in 2014 to 2.9% in 2015. Similarly, while less than half the Lebanese expect more hard times, the IMF forecasts Lebanon’s economy to accelerate from 1% growth in 2014 to 2.5% in 2015. [Pew]

Lebanese Jad Himo, Winner Of The Red Bull Car Park Drift Regional Finals in Dubai, Found Dead

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This is terrible news but Jad Himo, the Lebanese drifter who proudly won the Red Bull Car Park Drift Regional Finals in Dubai last year, was found dead on the Matn highway.

Nothing’s clear now but the person who was with Jad told the authorities Jad parked his car on the highway, went down and shot himself.

Jad was only 24.

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Multi Sim At Last!

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Alfa posted yesterday on their Facebook page that a Multi SIM is now available for all postpaid and prepaid users. This means that you can use the same Sim as Mini, Micro and Nano. This is very useful and was very much needed specially for people like me who switch between smartphones a lot. For example, if you currently have the Samsung S5 and just bought the new iPhone 6 (or even want to switch to the iPhone 5), you can easily put your Multi Sim in the new device and you’re good to go!

Based on what I’ve read on Alfa’s page, the new Multi Sim will cost 5.5$. I am not sure if Touch have the same but I couldn’t find any information about it on their page.

Beirut Bike Festival 2014

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The first ever Beirut Bike Festival is taking place on September 19,20 and 21 at Beirut Waterfront. All bikers from all brands are invited to join bike games, bike challenges and a massive thunder parade. KTM stunt rider Rok Bagoros will be there as well.

You can check out the full program [Here].

Where Did All The Traffic Go In Nahr El Kalb?

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I have no clue what was going on this afternoon, but there was absolutely no traffic between Dbayyeh and Nahr el Kalb. The road is always packed there and I pass by it almost everyday at the same time, yet for some unknown reason the roads were empty today. One of my friends told me that it’s due to some army checkpoint on Charles el Helou but still something was not right.

I posted the above picture on Instagram and everyone was as surprised as me, so if any of you knows what was happening please do tell!

Fine Art Photography By The Super Talented Lara Zankoul

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I’ve been following Lara’s work for years and I am a huge fan of hers. I don’t know how she comes up with these pictures, but it takes a lot of talent, passion and creativity to do so and she obviously got them all. Lara is a self-taught photographer and her work is a mix of conceptual, dreamlike and psychological themes. She has already participated in a lot of exhibitions, was an award recipient at the 2011 Shabab Ayyam Photography Competition and had a solo show in Ayyam Gallery in January 2013. Lara’s pretty popular on social media with over 500,000 followers on her Facebook page.

I was hoping that she’d follow her passion all the way and that’s what she did recently by becoming a full time photographer.

I chose ten of her pictures to include in this post but I highly recommend you check all her work on [LaraZankoul.com]. She’s also on [Facebook] and [Instagram].

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Polyathlon Des Cèdres 2014: From Byblos Shore To “Qornet el Sawda” in Less Than 24 hours

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This year marks the 7th edition of the Polyathlon des Cèdres & Polyliban and they are organizing two challenges:

The Cedars Polyathlon on the 13th and 14th of September which is a challenge from the Byblos shore to the highest peak in the middle east Qornet el Sawda in less than 24 hours. It includes:
– 3K Rafting
– 2K Swimming
– 95K Biking
– 12K Trekking

The Mountains’ Heritage from the 15th to the 18th of September 2014 which includes crossing 400k North to South to discover our mountainous natural and cultural heritage.

If you are up to the challenge, you can register now on [PolyLiban] and check more information on their Facebook group [Here].

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Thanks Yara!