Call 1735 to Report Valet Parking Companies Charging Over LL5000

A month ago, the Ministry of Interior & Tourism agreed in a joint statement to fix the valet service price at 5000 Lebanese Liras but the decision was apparently not yet enforced. According to the Tourism Minister, we can start reporting valet companies breaking the law starting tomorrow and the tourist police will show up and fine the valet companies. More importantly, if the same company breaks the law twice, their license will be suspended.…

E24: 24/7 Electricity Without Generators

The first time I heard about E24 was back in May when it was featured by The World Economic Forum among the nine Lebanese startups sharing the fourth industrial revolution. E24 was founded by Antoine Saab in 2011 and provides 24/7 electricity without generators by effectively stocking and managing electrical power. Saab developed an energy storage system that collects and reserves electricity from solar panels or the grid, so residents don’t have to pay the…

Beitmisk is the First Fiber Connected Smart City in Lebanon!

Fiber to the home was officially launched today in Beitmisk by Ogero & the Ministry of Telecommunication, making Beitmisk the first residential project to have fiber optics at home and the first smart-city in Lebanon. The massive residential project covering approximately 655,000 sqm had already installed state of the art infrastructure years ago to facilitate the integration of the fiber optic technology. Ogero head Imad Kreidieh tested the new speeds by downloading live a 1.5GB…

ISF Launches New Campaign To Crackdown on Texting & Driving Offenders

Policemen in civilian clothes is apparently part of the latest ISF campaign to enforce traffic law and fine texting & driving offenders. I watched the below report twice and looked up on the ISF Facebook page and I still have no idea how they're going to spot offenders and I'm not very comfortable with it to be honest. Last time I was fined for using my phone, I wasn't yet the officer insisted I was…
Art

2017 Byblos Bank Award for Photography: My Two Favorite Photos

1 month ago
Every year at the Beirut Art Fair, I make sure to drop by Byblos Bank’s stand to check out photos of the Byblos Bank Award for Photography finalists. The annual award was launched in 2012 ...
Critiques

I’m Glad They Cancelled the Lebanese Army Festival in Beirut

1 month ago
I have no idea who was behind this brilliant idea, but organizing a festival to celebrate the Lebanese Army’s victory few days after parents of the martyred soldiers had buried their kids is a terrible ...
Lebanon

U.S Embassy Bars any Movement of its staff to Casino du Liban

1 month ago
A friend just asked me if there’s anything happening at the Casino du Liban and shared with me a statement from the U.S. Embassy in Beirut barring any movement of U.S. government staff to that ...
Fun

Get Ready for Your #UberPITCH

1 month ago
Uber is partnering with Arabnet for the third edition of #UberPITCH where entrepreneurs will get the chance to pitch their business idea to a judge during a seven minutes ride, followed by seven minutes of ...
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