Category Archives: Lebanon

Did The Internet In Lebanon Really Slow Down Recently?

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I’ve been told by a couple of people that the internet is really bad lately in Lebanon, but personally speaking I couldn’t relate to what they are saying as I haven’t been experiencing any unusual slowness. My Alfa 4G connection is lightening fast and I’ve consumed the whole 5GB last month before my cycle ended. The 4MB Ogero DSL connection I have at work is very fast and the only issues we had lately were with our router and Ogero who were doing some maintenance a couple of weeks back. The 1Mb Ogero DSL connection I have at my parent’s house is still decent but I still can’t upgrade it due to the old phone cables. Added to that, I upgraded my Touch 3.9G dongle to the 4G dongle (which looks very ugly by the way) and I’ve been using it in different areas without any issues.

I don’t know about other providers like IDM, Sodetel or Wise but I haven’t noticed any change lately. Of course there’s no more free night traffic but this should rather improve the connection than slow it down.

Don’t get me wrong as I am not saying the internet situation is ideal in Lebanon, but I haven’t noticed any changes lately which is a good and a bad thing at the same time.

Post-Wedding Selfie With The Abbouna (Priest)

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I was at one of my best friend’s wedding yesterday and the priest leading the ceremony requested to take a selfie with the couple after he declared them husband and wife. I can’t say I’ve met that many cool priests during wedding ceremonies and I am sure some of them might charge you for taking pictures with them.

Not only the priest was fun but the whole wedding was a lot of fun and the couple (specially the groom) provided most of the entertainment!

Congrats Roy and Jenny and welcome to the married club!

Eat And Pay What You Want At Motto In Mar Mikhael

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There’s a new restaurant called Motto (previously known as Mo’s) in Mar Mikhael where you can eat and pay as much as you want. Motto doesn’t want to stick to famous cuisines and will be serving Thai, Ethiopian, Spanish, Sri Lankan and others. There’s a minimum donation of LL9,000 and the rest is up to the customer to decide.

I couldn’t find any Facebook page for Motto but it’s a nice concept that might work out if the meals are good and the place is clean.

Update: Here’s the Facebook Page for Motto.

Lebanese MMA Fighters Impress At The 2014 IMMAF World Championship

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Six MMA fighters from Lebanon went to participate for the first time in the IMMAF tournament in Last Vegas which is sponsored by the UFC. The fighters were Joeshwa Mortada at 70 KGs, Richard Saliba at 77 KGs, Imad Hoayek at 84 KGs, Ricardo Bachir at 94 KGs, Mohamed Yakzan at 120 KGs in addition to Rachel Abou Abdullah at 52 KGs and they produced impressive and encouraging results.

Imad Hoayek and Joeshwa Mortada both made it to the quarter finals before losing against America and England by a very close judge’s decision. Rachel Abou Abdullah made it to the final day and got beaten by a much more experienced German Judo black belt fighter.

There are many talented MMA fighters in Lebanon and it’s a matter of time before they started winning titles and maybe get into the UFC one day.

You can read the full story [Here].

Thanks Akl!

Lebanon Water Festival 2014 Edition

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The Lebanon Water Festival for the year 2014 will take place between August and September and is open to everyone. You can join in as a participants, spectator or volunteer and take part in activities like Underwater Diving, water skiing, sailing, surfing, stand up paddle and kite boarding.

Check out the full calendar [here] and go have some fun!

Lebanese Don’t Like To Admit Defeat, Even In The World Cup

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I’ve been asked by at least 5 people today about the stupid rumor circulating that Brazilian players got paid to lose the game to Germany. Apparently there’s an article in Arabic claiming that its source is AFP and that Brazilians lost the game on purpose. Needless to say, the story is fake and no one mentioned it except few lousy blogs and websites and it’s the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard. Why the hell would the Brazilian team, who’s playing on home soil, want to get humiliated by the Germany team 7 to 1?

So please stop sharing this story, and accept the fact that one team played better than the other and won. There’s no conspiracy theory or anything of the sort. This is not Lebanese Football or Basketball, and teams sometimes lose and move on believe it or not!

Uber Now Available In Beirut

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I’ve always heard about Uber but never tried it to be honest. Uber is a transportation app that you can use to request a ride by pinning your location and get picked up within minutes. Uber is available in more than 130 cities and 30 countries.

If you are a new user, here how it works:

1- Download Uber via the App Store on iOs & Android.
2- No need for cash. Register your account with a credit card (Visa/MasterCard).
3- Drop the pin on a pick up location & track the car in real-time.

You can use the promo code UberLovesBeirut as mentioned on Uber’s blog and your next ride in Beirut is for free! (up to $20 valid until August 31st, 2014). Gino mentioned that you could also use the promo code “PRNIB“ to get $30 of free Uber rides!

The app is available for [Android] and [iOS]. You can also get estimates of the fares [Here].

We’re super excited to have Beirut join the ride along with the 140+ cities from across the globe because it’s about time the Lebanese crowd experiences a reliable, safe and comfortable ride at the tap of a button!

Pierre Rabbat, the famous face of #MinElEkhir TV show on MTV loved the idea of Uber hitting the streets of Beirut and was one of the first to test…

He opened the app this morning, booked his trip and rode as he planned his pitch at the back of his Uber for the international star he is inviting to the final episode of his show – NO ONE and yes NO ONE knows who she is but that one driver.

At the same time in Saifi Village, Daniella Rahme, the winner of Dancing with the Stars Middle East Season 2 and TV/Radio host, opened and booked her first Uber ride through the app. A few minutes later… …her private chauffeur showed up and accompanied her from meeting to meeting throughout the day. She certainly rode in style!

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Beirut To Nowhere

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This is a documentary on the Fouad Boutros highway, a motorway connecting Hekmeh in Achrafieh to Mar Mikhail and piercing through one of the city’s old neighborhoods. There are a lot of people working against the project, but I don’t think it’s as bad as they are making it look. In fact, I got a presentation a while back on the project that I will share soon with you.

How The Lebanese Conquered Brazil

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Executive Magazine is doing a special report this month about Lebanese in Brazil, by giving a historical overview and compiling the success stories of several Lebanese personalities. As most of us know or have heard, there are at least 6 million Brazilians of Lebanese origin and Lebanese in Brazil have made it to the top in many fields.

All the articles on Lebanese successes are quite interesting, and I advise you to read them all, from Brazilian Vice President Michel Temer to Latin America’s Indiana Jones Amyr Klink, former Supreme Court judge Francisco Rezek and others.

Check out all the articles as they are published [Here].