Category Archives: Tourism

A Big Yes to a Skydiving Center in Lebanon!

SkyDive Lebanon are asking for the creation of a skydiving center in Lebanon for three reasons:
1- The weather is perfect for skydiving here (Low winds and blue sky).
2- High demand: Activity is booming and there’s no center in Lebanon and only 5 in the region (as opposed to 69 in France only)
3- A new tourist attraction.


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Giveaway: Weekend for two at Pinea Campus

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I’ve had the pleasure to meet the person behind Pinea Campus few months back and I totally loved his idea and promised to visit as well. Unfortunately though, I haven’t had much time lately but I thought it would be great to let the blog readers know more about this campsite and also have a chance to win a weekend for two and enjoy the stay.

Briefly speaking, Pinea Campus is a campsite located in Haitoura, Jezzine and surrounded by a large stone pines forest. For those of you who don’t know, Jezzine is one of the most beautiful areas in the South and among the few to have preserved its forests and nature.

Pinea Campus spreads on a 3,000 sqm land and can accommodate more than 50 campers throughout the summer season. All the tents are of the highest quality and visitors are provided with camping mattresses, covers & pillows and have access to bathrooms and showers. Tents can fit either 2 or 4 people.

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Aside from camping, guests can enjoy a lot of outdoor activites such as ATVs, Skeet/Trap Shooting (Tiro), Mountain Biking and Hiking. Out of camp tours can be organized upon the campers’ request. For me, this is the perfect getaway from work and the city and I recommend you all give it a try.

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Now the question you’ve all been waiting for: How to win the weekend for two at Pinea Campus?

The answer is simple:
1- Like both [BlogBaladi] and [Pinea Campus] Facebook Pages.
2- Leave a comment on the blog post.

You can also fill the Form on Pinea Campus’ Facebook page and mention BlogBaladi in the Referred By Box to enter another draw that entitles you to win 1 out of 37 prizes on Pinea Campus’ page.

Here’s what the weekend package includes:
- 1 night stay for 2.
- Traditional breakfast for 2.
- 1 Activity voucher for 2. (ATV, Mountain bike or Tiro)

For more info about the campsite, check out PineaCampus’ Facebook Page [Here].

Note: I will be drawing a name on Friday 15 at night. The prize is valid all through 2013.

Beirut no longer the “Paris of the Middle East”

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If you are wondering why tourists are no longer coming to Beirut, that’s one way to explain it.

In a recent ranking on the quality of living, Lebanon’s capital Beirut, formerly known as the “Paris of the Middle East,” ranked 171st worldwide and 16th in the MENA region. The annual survey of the quality of living in 221 cities by global consultants Mercer looked at cities from a standpoint of overall desirability.

Within the MENA region, Dubai kept its ranking as the best city for overall quality of living.

Beirut is 98 spots behind the top-ranked Arab city. It is also 47 spots behind Amman and 30 spots behind Cairo, for example. This shows the work that needs to be done to improve the quality of living here,” Ghobril told The Daily Star. “It is simply not acceptable that the quality of living in 13 Arab cities is better than that is Beirut.” [Link]

Coca-Cola Super Bowl Ad: Racist or Not?


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Why are they making a big deal out of it? It’s a race in the desert and there’s nothing racist about it.

Arab-American groups have sharply criticized a Coca-Cola Super Bowl ad depicting an Arab walking through the desert with a camel, and one group said it would ask the beverage giant to change it before CBS airs the game on Sunday before an expected audience of more than 100 million U.S. viewers.

“Why is it that Arabs are always shown as either oil-rich sheiks, terrorists, or belly dancers?” said Warren David, president of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, or ADC. [Link]

Top 5 Cities in the Middle East

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Picture from CNTraveler

According to CNTraveler, the top 5 cities in the Middle East are:
1- Beirut
2- Byblos
3- Dubai
4- Tel Aviv
5- Jerusalem

This is great but why is there a picture of the Jounieh Bay instead of Beirut? As far as I know, both are different cities. This reminded me of TripAdvisor’s list of to-do things in Beirut and how Jeita Grotto is the #1 attraction in Beirut.

Link via ZiadKamel

A suggestion to Lebanon’s Ministry of Tourism

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Lebanon Blues: Controversial campaign launched in 2011 by the Ministry of Tourism

Since we are obviously having a very bad touristic season, and need a decent marketing campaign (Unlike the 50-day 50% one) to attract tourists for the summer, I ask the Ministry of Tourism to organize a competition soon among universities by asking marketing and advertising students to come up with an ad/poster to promote tourism and give a reward to the winners.

All participants will be able to upload their ads (After being approved by their instructor and a panel of judges) on YouTube or Vimeo even if they don’t win the first prize. This will create a buzz and maybe produce a decent ad unlike the ones we’ve been seeing for the past few years. We need fresh and creative ideas and organizing such a competition will most certainly achieve that.

In my opinion, all ministries, not just the Tourism one, should adopt strategies to involve the young and promising generations in their projects and plans. Local TVs could play a crucial role here by creating a show and asking students from various universities to join in. TVs could facilitate a lot of things for participants such as providing the necessary equipment and studios.

Suggestions are more than welcome to enhance the idea proposed.

PS: If ministries don’t come up with such initiatives, I ask students to promote this idea to their instructors and university officials and try to make it work. They are the ones benefiting from it the most after all by getting a nation-wide exposure.

Ministry of Tourism Promotional Packages

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This ad will probably get us more tourists than the MOT’s ads – via MayaZankoul

For those of you who are asking about the promotional packages that the Tourism Minister announced for the “50-day for 50%” campaign, there’s a link to it on the Ministry of Tourism’s official website as shown below.

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I have no idea why it’s put on the side instead of being all over the website. It seems even the Ministry is hesitant about asking tourists to visit Lebanon. You can visit the website and download the excel sheet with all the packages [Here].