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.
Art

World’s Oldest Scale Found Near Kfaraabida, North Lebanon (Via Beirut Report)

9 months ago
The world’s oldest scale beam as well as other fascinating archaeological finds are currently on display at the American University of Beirut Archaeology museum. The scale beam “dates back to the early third millennium BC ...
Beirut

How Beirut Martyrs Square Looked in 1995

11 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 ...
Baladi

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

11 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 ...
History

An Enlightening Report On The Great Famine of Mount Lebanon (1915–1918)

11 months ago
The CMDR (Centre Maronite de Documentation et de Recherche) released a nice report on The Great Famine of Mount Lebanon between 1915 and 1918 that lead to the death of half of the population of ...
Lebanon

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

11 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

1 year 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 ...
Lebanon

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

1 year 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. ...
Beirut

It Took This Saida Resident A Decade To Realize He’s Living in a Synagogue

1 year ago
Most of the Lebanese Jews lived in Beirut but there were also communities in other cities like Saida and Tripoli. In fact, there were around 1,500 Jews living in Saida in the early 1970s according ...
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