Visiting The Grand Aley Hotel, Also Known As Gebaily Hotel

I shared a piece by the Guardian earlier this year on the The Grand Aley Hotel and how it's been for sale since 2008 after the central bank seized the hotel. Update: The owners are currently planning the renovation project and the reopening of the grand hotel. Until then, it is not open for public but prior appointments can be made to visit the site. A good friend of mine, Jad Ghorayeb, visited the hotel…

Meet The Lebanese Rambo

Here's an fun interview from 1985 with a Lebanese Rambo look-alike. There is a striking resemblance between him and the real Rambo. I love how he's out there emptying his clips and firing RPGs in broad day light on war-torn buildings.
Solidere, Beirut - 1995. From Traces of War, Fouad Elkoury

How Beirut Martyrs Square Looked in 1995

2 months ago
Here’s a rare video shared by Old Beirut of Martyrs Square and its surrounding back in 1995. Saifi village, Al Amin Mosque, Virgin Megastore and several other buildings weren’t built yet. I think the only ...
Source: Abdo Gedeon

Meet Tarek Abou Al Dahab: Former Lebanese Cyclist Champion & Olympic Athlete in 1968 and 1972

2 months ago
A Facebook post caught my attention last week about a former racing cyclist in Beirut called Abou el Dahab who runs his own bicycle shop with his son Osama in Zarif in Beirut. Abou el ...
Photo Credits: Jad Ghorayeb

8 Stunning Pictures From Inside Lamartine/ Mezher’s Palace, Hammana

3 months ago
The famous Mezher palace located in Hammana and overlooking the valley was once the residence of the famous French poet and statesman Alphonse de Lamartine. The Mezher palace was dubbed the Poet’s dream and quoting ...
Movies & Television

A Dive From The Top Of Raouche Back in 1983

3 months ago
There are very few documented jumps from the Raouche rock but apparently it was quite common back in the old days and people would do it to show off not to commit suicide. The below ...

Rare Beirut Pictures From The UNEF’s Diary (1965-1966)

3 months ago
UNEF (United Nations Emergency Force) Captain Gord Jenkins stayed in Beirut between 1965 and 1966 and kept a diary of his stay with his wife Jan which includes a lot of awesome and rare pictures. ...

The Grand Aley Hotel: Built in 1926, For Sale Since 2008

5 months ago
This is a cool piece by Dima Karam (The Guardian) on the Grand Aley Hotel that was built in 1926 by three brothers from a Beiruti trading family. The British Army set up their command ...
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15 Awesome Pictures of Tripoli’s Abandoned Railway Station

6 months ago
The Tripoli railway station is located in el-Mina area and is the second oldest train station in Lebanon after Riyak which began operating in 1891. Tripoli’s railway station used to connect to Homs in Syria ...
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Movies & Television

Agent 505: Death Trap Beirut (1966)

7 months ago
Agent 505: Death Trap Beirut, also known as La trappola scatta a Beirut (Italy) or Baroud à Beyrouth pour F.B.I. 505 (France) is a 1966 movie shot in Beirut and directed by Manfred R. Köhler. ...