Authorities in Lebanon are in talks with low cost carriers including easyJet and Ryanair about starting operations to the country in a bid to boost a tourism industry that has been rocked by political turmoil in the Arab world, including neighbouring Syria, Tourism Minister Fady Abboud said in an interview with Arabian Business.
I really hope this happens, finally cheap flights from Lebanon to Europe!
“Indeed we are talking to Monarch Airlines, easyJet [and] Ryanair – we’re talking to all of them,” Abboud said in an interview from Beirut. “But Lebanon’s civil aviation will not give them the right to land – they say ‘yes you can come from London, but we want 25 extra flights to Heathrow’.”
Sadly because Lebanon is the center of the universe, it doesn’t look like it will happen. [Link]
In Beirut, the censors have banned â€œThe Da Vinci Codeâ€ as anti-Christian and the TV series â€œThe West Wingâ€ as anti-Arab. The security directorate has broad powers in other areas, too, refusing permission, for instance, for the director Francis Ford Coppola to land his private jet in Beirut in 2009 because the engine included parts made in Israel; he had to land in Damascus, Syria, instead, and travel overland.
As Lebanese filmmaker Danielle Arbid nicely puts it, â€œNothing works in this country except the censorship bureau,â€.
The legendary Parisian market Fauchon is set to open in Gemmayze soon.
An institution of French gourmet excellence for over 125 years, Fauchon provides delicacies from all over France and the world for that matter, and is divided into different sections with a section for items such as preserves and exotic canned goods, another for breads, pastries and chocolates and another for items such as cheese, pate and terrines. [Link]
Fauchon already has branches in Kuwait, Qatar and the UAE. [Link]
I noticed yesterday while passing by Kaslik that Eatalian has closed down and moved next door to Casper & Gambini’s. That’s actually a smart move as Eatalian wasn’t doing that well and Casper & Gambini’s branch is relatively big when compared to other Casper branches, add to that the fact that Olio Pizzeria opened across the street.
Anyway, I went down to check it out and have a lemonade. The place looks practically the same except they brought in Eatalianâ€™s tables and chairs to replace the couches and cozy chairs on the right section of the restaurant.
Once I sat, I noticed Casper & Gambiniâ€™s was marketing its new light delivery menu. The dessert on the picture looked really delicious and I assumed it would also be available but as it turns out, itâ€™s only for delivery. Isnâ€™t it usually the other way around? Items on the menu are not available for delivery?
Itâ€™s not a big deal but I think itâ€™s silly that you market light items or any items inside the restaurant that customers canâ€™t have. Itâ€™s like â€œExcuse me, can I have this dessert on the picture? It looks deliciousâ€ and the waiter goes â€œI am sorry itâ€™s only available for deliveryâ€. The minted Lemonade was great by the way.
If that’s not some cool PaintBalling, I don’t know what is. I played once with a group of guys who had their own suits, masks and even walkie talkies. And for the record, it’s not just with Hezbollah guys but with every Lebanese who’s been at some point engaged in a militia. I was told once by a friend about an ex-Lebanese Forces Special Units member (an expat now) who beat 4 foreign army men in a paintball game all by himself.
I wish they’d told us what’s the name and exact location of that paintball place. All they mention is that it took place ‘in a grungy, bunker-like basement underneath a Beirut strip mall”.
As my eyesight returns and readjusts to the dim arena light, I poke out from my position behind a low cinder-block wall. Two large men in green jumpsuits are bearing down on me. I have them right in my sights, but they seem unfazedâ€”even as I open fire from close range, peppering each with several clear, obvious hits. I expect them to freeze, maybe even acknowledge that this softie American journalist handily overcame their flash-bang trickery and knocked them out of the game. Perhaps theyâ€™ll even smile and pat me on the back as they walk off the playing field in a display of good sportsmanship (after cheating, of course).
Instead, they shoot me three times, point-blank, right in the groin. [Link]
BEIRUT: On the occasion of World No Tobacco Day, the Health Ministry launched a multimedia campaign Thursday to usher in the final phase of the law which, come September, will ban smoking in all public places.
The final phase, which comes into effect Sept. 3, will also ban smoking at all restaurants, bars, clubs, cafes, theaters and hotels (save for 20 percent of rooms), to be accompanied by â€œNo Smokingâ€ signs at these venues also. [Source]