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First Visit to Beirut City Centre

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After my early walk in Mar Mikhail on Sunday, I thought I pass by Beirut City Centre and check it out.

It was around 1 pm when I got to Beirut City Centre and traffic was relatively reasonable. The entrance to the parking was crowded so I didn’t bother wait to park inside and found a spot easily in the large parking lots (not yet paved with asphalt) outside the mall.

The mall inside is huge. It consists of four levels with over 200 stores. The big stores open or set to open are Carrefour on the Ground Level and Level 1, CentrePoint on the Ground Level, H&M on Level1 and Marks & Spencer on Level2. You can check out the full list of stores [Here].

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Level3 is the Terrace and is not yet open but I was able to check it out and take few pictures. As you can see from the pictures below, Roadster Diner will open next to the Cheese Cake Factory and Shake Shack. Vox Cinemas are also still under construction and look nice. I also spotted Nasma Restaurant (Previously known as Basma) and P.F. Chang’s.

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Beirut City Centre Now Open

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Here are few pictures of the Beirut City Centre that opened yesterday. There are a lot of shops and restaurants that are still not open such as the Cheese Cake Factory, Shake Shack and Fat Burger but they are coming very soon from what I heard. Carrefour was the main attraction yesterday as they were offering a lot of items with great discounts.

I am passing by this weekend so I will have more pictures and information to share.

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Victoria’s Secret opening at City Mall and Beirut City Centre

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Victoria’s Secret will be opening soon at City Mall Dora and Beirut City Centre. Let’s hope they get Adriana Lima or Adriana Karembeu for the opening.

They should put their latest $2.5 million Fantasy Bra (See above video) on display. I am sure they will find customers among Lebanese or Arabs.

Beirut City Centre officially opening on April 4th

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Majid Al Futtaim Properties announced today that the long-awaited Beirut City Centre will open its doors to the Lebanese community on April 4th. This will Al Futtaim’s first mall in the Levant region.

Here are few things that will be found at Beirut City Centre that I have mentioned in earlier posts:
- Lebanon’s first Carrefour hypermarket.
- The first Magic Planet family entertainment centre.
- A state-of-the-art VOX Cinemas multiplex.
- Victoria’s Secret
- The Cheesecake Factory
- ShakeShack
- FatBurger

More importantly, Beirut City Center will create around 1,200 permanent retail positions once open. I will keep you posted once I visit it (Hopefully on the launching) and try ShakeShack and The Cheesecake Factory.

PayPal soon in Lebanon

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Update: I just noticed Mustapha already mentioned the good news.

I met two guys from PayPal at the ArabNet conference today and they informed me that Lebanon will soon be authorized on PayPal (They didn’t say how soon though). I asked them whether Lebanon is blocked due to political reasons and they said that it is not related and that there are many countries in the Middle East not yet allowed to use the service. In fact, even Russia is not yet on their authorized countries’ list but will be very soon.

Waterfront City Centre – Dbayeh

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While reading Executive Magazine’s interview with MAF Properties senior mall manager Sleiman Mallat, I noticed that he talked about a new mall planned for Waterfront City in Dbayyeh, the Waterfront City Centre. I couldn’t find further details on Waterfrontcity.com related to this mall though.

Here’s what he said:

Q:You have much experience in the mall business in Lebanon, including working with the ABC Mall. How do you see the business of building and operating malls evolving in Lebanon?

A: Lebanese developers mainly develop small shopping centers that are not real malls. The complete offering is what will differentiate this shopping center from the small shopping malls. ABC is a shopping mall and City Mall is also a shopping mall, but as I said, Lebanon is underserved. All studies show that we can develop more shopping malls in Lebanon and we have another project, the Waterfront City Centre in Dbayeh.

I will keep you posted as soon as I find out more about it.

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Beirut City Centre mall opening very soon

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The 62,000 square meters mall is set to open very soon and we already have pictures of how it will look like from the outside and few leaked pictures by Gino from inside the mall. Beirut City Centre will have the largest Carrefour store in the Middle East (13,000 sqm) and new shops that Mark has leaked few months ago, mainly FatBurger and Shake Shack, in addition to a Marks & Spencer shop, Magic Planet for Children and Vox Cinemas.

Beirut City Centre will be a nice addition to the malls we already have and is at a very strategic location in Beirut. More than $350 million dollars have been invested in the construction of this mall.

According to Sleiman Malla, who’s a senior mall manager for MAF properties, the mall is set to open in March but looking at the pictures, I don’t see that happening to be honest.

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Israeli lighters sold at Beirut’s airport

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We should call it from now on security and control-free area not duty-free area.

According to reports in the Arab country, a Lebanese company selling products at the Beirut International Airport is knowingly marketing goods and products originating in Israel, including lighters.

The report presented a form allegedly showing that certain goods arrived from Milan, but another form was discovered behind it. The second form stated that the goods had arrived in Milan from the Ben-Gurion Airport. [Source]