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Inside O1NE Beirut By SKYBAR: Lebanon’s Hottest Night-Life Venue In Winter

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If Skybar is the place to be during summer in Lebanon, O1NE Beirut is the best place to party during winter. What started out as a huge pink round building was transformed into a true artistic landmark for Lebanon and the region. Talented graffiti artists from all over the world came to Lebanon to interpret the theme of music on the 3,000 sqm wall and the outcome is an awesome venue featuring the world’s largest privately owned graffiti wall.

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As for the interior, O1NE consists of blank white walls that come to life at night with 3D video mapping all over them. It was very difficult to visualize the interior when my friend at Skybar explained it to me, but once I was inside, the first thing that caught my attention was the beautiful interior and how it takes you from one mood to another throughout the night. The music and the 3D Mapping synced in a beautiful way that I haven’t seen anywhere in a night club before and everyone can see the mappings as they cover the full 360 degrees.

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O1NE is very spacious inside and even though I was with a group of 20 people that night, we never felt that squeezed or uncomfortable. Of course it got more and more crowded as the night progressed but it was relatively ok when compared to SKYBAR’s nights where you could barely move. Towards the end of the night, I went up to the DJ’s booth that overlooked the venue and it was pretty cool from up there. My contact at Skybar told me that there are plans to build private rooms with balconies overlooking the club in Beirut just like O1NE Abu Dhabi, which would be pretty cool but I don’t know when it will happen.

As far as the music is concerned, O1NE plays all genres of house music and has been bringing hot performers every week. Last weekend Jamie Jones was playing his sets and this week, it’s gonna get hotter with Luciano on Friday night and DJ Magnum on Saturday. Price-wise, we ended up paying around 65$ per person that night which is a very reasonable price.

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O1NE Beirut is located in Downtown Beirut right on Biel’s entrance. You can call 70 939 191 to book your table and make sure to check their Facebook page as they keep posting updates there.

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Rating: 4.5/5

10 Reasons Why I Love Reading Ivysays

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1- She’s smart, witty and pretty.
2- She has become a good friend and she’s a great person to talk to.
3- She makes great burgers.
4- She’s original and consistent in her posts and they are always fun and interesting to read (except beauty reviews).
5- She didn’t change much and is still the same Ivy I know even after her big reveal.
6- She knows how to have fun at parties and events.
7- She’s the best female lifestyle blogger in Lebanon.
8- She has haters but you don’t want to mess with her.
9- She loves food and alcohol and we share the same tastes in a lot of stuff.
10- She got a TV segment and now has her own radio show on NRJ (99.1) every Wednesday from 7 till 8pm.

Congrats on the radio show Dana!

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Living The Single Life In Beirut

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I am happily married because I chose to, but I’ve never understood the pressure that families and society in general here in Lebanon put on single women and men who don’t wish to get married or are just too focused on their career. Being single is not a bad thing and Jasmina Najjar tells us everything about living the single life in Beirut in this TED talk at LAU.

Jasmina is a good friend and the author of “Beirut Knights”, a book on Lebanese dating disasters. I started reading that book which is pretty fun but didn’t have time to finish yet. You can read more about the book and the author [Here].

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Lebanon Tightening Regulations on Foreign NGO Workers

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Foreign NGO workers should indeed apply for a different type of VISA if they are not coming here as tourists, but things should be made easy for them as they are here on a humanitarian mission and are helping us out at the end of the day.

Read the full article on the Economist [Here].

New rules now require foreigners engaged in humanitarian work to obtain visas before entering the country rather than alter them once there as used to be the case. Agencies have been instructed to inform the security agency of all foreigners working in their offices, including staff, volunteers, interns, and people visiting Lebanon for training or meetings. Officials have begun visiting NGO offices asking them to comply with the new regulations—or risk their staff being deported.

NGOs say that they want to obey the law, but that the process of obtaining a visa is unpredictable and cumbersome. It costs thousands of dollars, requires much paperwork, and takes months. Smaller organisations say the burden is too much. “If they want me to pay, I don’t mind. Just give me the documents,” says Kris, a founder of a non-profit hostel in Beirut who was recently deported. Kris submitted his residency and work permit applications in December but six months later he was told to leave Lebanon and escorted by security officers to the gate for his flight. [Economist]

LBCI Changed Its Logo To LBن

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It appears that they’ve done so in solidarity with the Iraqi Christians of Mossul. They also had an interview with an Iraqi Sunni journalist Muslim called Dalia al-Aqidi who decided to wear a cross around her neck in solidarity with her country’s Christian minority.

To be honest, I’d expect Tele Lumiere to do so instead of LBCI but it’s a nice initiative nevertheless.

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.