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Where To Spend New Year’s Eve In Lebanon

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The 2014 New Year’s Eve is only 20 days away and I am sure a lot of people haven’t thought of any plans yet. Luckily though, my friends at Lebtivity compiled 41 nightlife events you could attend on New Year’s Eve in Beirut. You can check them out [Here].

Moreover, here’s another useful website named [newyearinlebanon] that helps you plan your NYE party by budget and shows you the parties inside and outside Beirut.

Ten Important Laws Still On Hold In Lebanon

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Here’s a nice reminder about 10 important laws that haven’t been approved or implemented yet:

1- Domestic Violence
2- Nationality (Women cannot pass their nationality on to foreign spouses or children fathered by non-Lebanese men)
3- Food Safety
4- Civil Status
5- Electoral Reform
6- Environmental Court (for better environmental law enforcement)
7- Wage Hike
8- Rent Laws (“old rent” system)
9- Draft legislation on electronic signatures and commerce (E-Signatures)
10- Regulating Electron Media

Read all about them [Here].

Dana (From IvySays) On MTV’s Talk Of The Town

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Dana Khairallah, the lifestyle blogger behind IvySays, and an awesome person (and friend) in real life, is now presenting a weekly segment on MTV’s most popular show Talk of the Town with the gorgeous Mona Abou Hamzeh. Her segment is about the world’s most talked about entertainment news and gossip.

Here are the last two episodes she showed up in:

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I think she’s doing a great job and she’s a natural on TV.

For all fashion lovers, check out her [post] to see what she’s wearing and stuff like that. I wouldn’t know about these things.

Rikky’z New Location

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Rikky’s is now located in Faraya overlooking the Chabrouh dam

As some of you know or may not know, Rikky’s has moved to a new venue in Faraya 10 minutes away from the original one. The venue looks almost exactly like the old one but it is more spacious and better organized now. The venue fits twice as much as before, the bar is now inside and much bigger, the BBQ is in a small area far from the tables and the entrance fee is now 100,000 LBP, up 10,000 Liras from last year (including open drinks and buffet).

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The salads are still placed inside as well as the Pasta and Saj stations. You have to walk down few stairs to get to the BBQ area, which includes a Shawarma station, Steaks, Hotdogs and Burgers.

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The music and atmosphere are as great as before, but the seating is still not comfortable and the tables and chairs are very close to each other. I don’t know why they didn’t keep some space between them but it’s very annoying specially when you pick a table in the middle. Added to that, you still need 10 minutes (Unless you want an Almaza or a Buzz as they are put aside in large ice buckets) or more to get a drink even though the bar is bigger now. I barely had 3 drinks during the 3 hours I spent there. Same thing for the food when it gets crowded, even though food was much better than last year.

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The party starts around 2pm so it’s recommended to arrive around noon so you can have few drinks, grab a bite and get in the mood. Don’t forget to check in on Foursquare and pick up your free hats because the sun is a killer up there. I recommend you download their app too as it will help you find the new location if you get lost [Android] [iOS].

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All in all, I like the new Rikky’z better but I wish they made it more comfortable and started serving alcohol (Bottles) on the tables instead of making us wait forever on the bar. Nevertheless, it’s probably the best place up in the mountains to spend a Sunday afternoon with your friends, eating and drinking and dancing surrounded by breathtaking views.

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PS: If you look at the picture closely, the people sitting on the barriers surrounding the outside area could easily fall off and get seriously injured. I think Rikky’s should ban anyone from sitting there or build some safety net below them.

Pool Parties in Lebanon

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Pool Party? Picture via Beiruting

I have nothing against going to the pool on weekends just to relax, have a drink and listen to good music, but the fact that there’s a DJ doesn’t make it a pool or a beach party. I look at these albums of “pool parties” at Riviera or Edde Sands and many other resorts and all I see are almost empty pools, people sitting having a drink, or couples and groups posing for pictures.

Here are pictures from a pool party at Edde Sands, one at Cyan and some other pictures from the Wettest Pool Parties.

I am not expecting something similar to a Las Vegas pool party like in the picture below, but at least see pictures of people actually dancing and partying.

It looks like we’ve reached a new laziness level in Lebanon.

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Las Vegas Pool Party

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Sausage Fest not a Hot Party – via BeirutNightLife

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Couple kissing and posing: Picture from Riviera – via Beiruting

The Gemmayze Barber

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He still has President Camille Chamoun’s picture in his shop. No wonder he lost hope in Lebanon if he had lived the golden years and seen what we’ve come to.

In 1965, at the age of 27, he finally opened his own barber shop. A lot has changed since then: “Gemmayzeh was different! Nowadays it’s all about pubs and cafes!” He is nostalgic for those days when everyone used to know everyone, regardless of their religion, and when Beirut was a prosperous city inhabited by a peaceful community.

When we started talking about the old, pre-82 Beirut a small smile crossed his face, he put his hand on his right cheek and started staring at the sky. When we talked about the Beirut of nowadays his smile disappeared. “I wish hope would still exist in Beirut,” he said. [NowLebanon]

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Lebanon tourism pays the price for Syria’s war

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Picture from the 80s night at B018 – Tribute to Michael Jackson

If Lebanon is truly paying the price of Syria’s war, then why is there traffic everywhere I go? Why is traffic increasing on a daily basis from Beirut to Jbeil? Why are all the nightclubs and rooftops packed from Wednesday to Sunday? Why are the beaches packed on weekends?

I know that numbers suggest that Lebanon’s economy is suffering, Arab tourists are not coming and tourism is bad but it honestly doesn’t feel that way wherever I am going lately. This makes me wonder how bad traffic would be if all these tourists were here.

“As soon as you even utter the word ‘weapons’ you’ve killed tourism,” Paul Achkar, head of the Lebanese hotel association, told AFP. “Three hundred tourism establishments have closed down since the start of the year,” he said.
Although confident that the industry will recover, Tourism Minister Fadi Abboud said the figures for the start of the season were pitiable.

“The occupancy rate at hotels in Beirut is barely 35 percent this month, half of the usual at this time of year.
“Outside Beirut, it’s catastrophic. We’re talking about five percent compared to the usual 35 percent,” Abboud told AFP.
The atmosphere in Beirut, dubbed party capital of the Middle East, is not so morose, and Christian areas such as Byblos or Jounieh have also fared better than other areas. [AFP]