Nbr of Passengers at Beirut Airport Reached 23,500 Yesterday: An All-time High

Every year around the same time, passengers leaving Beirut go through hell to get to their gates on time. Last week marked the highest number of passengers leaving RHIA in Lebanon's history, peaking at 23,500 yesterday according to Public Works Minister Fenianos. Such numbers should be a good indicator in theory, as it means we got more tourists this summer but we also need to take into consideration the number of pilgrims flying to Saudi…

US Raises Visa Prices for Lebanese, B1 / B2 Visas Not Affected

Below is the statement released by the US Embassy in Lebanon a couple of weeks back: The U.S. Government continuously re-evaluates reciprocity schedules worldwide to ensure that U.S. visa issuance fees are commensurate with fees imposed by other governments on U.S. citizens. U.S. Embassy Beirut engaged with Lebanese authorities regarding fee reciprocity for nearly two years, asking the Government of Lebanon to adjust the visa and residency fees it charges American citizens to be commensurate…

Paul Van Dyk To Perform on September 9th at The Gärten Beirut

The last time PVD was in town, Pier 7 was still open and he was performing there. Five years later, The international DJ & producer is coming back to Lebanon to perform at The Gärten in Beirut. The last time I heard of him was when he played at the official FIFA fan zone opening in Moscow ahead of the 2018 World Cup, and he apparently has just released a new album back in April…

Wata: A Lebanese Cider

I always thought it was weird that cider is not that popular in Lebanon, knowing that apples account for 1/4 of the total fruit production of the country. Wata is the first Lebanese cider I hear of when it was introduced recently at the Faqra summer festivities and there's a beautiful story behind it. “Tal3in 3al Wata”!. Growing up in the 1980’s, nothing would excite us more than visiting our grandparents house in Wata. We…
Opinions/critiques

Surviving on $4 a Day

3 days ago
UNDP shared yesterday a powerful poverty stunt where bank cardholders were only able to withdraw $4 or its equivalent LL6000 from ATMs. When the bank’s officer showed up to listen to their complaints, he asked ...
Information

Capernaum is on Netflix!

3 days ago
I posted recently on Lebanese movies available to watch on Netflix and Capernaum wasn’t there. I saw someone post on Facebook today that it’s there so I checked again and found it! If you haven’t ...
Critiques

Movie Review: The Lion King [2019]

4 days ago
The Lion King was the first-ever movie I bought as a videocassette. I even bought the booklet and collected all the stickers back then. Even though it’s been released some 25 years ago, I still ...
Automotive

Greater Beirut Public Transport Project

6 days ago
Over the past few years, congestion in and out of Beirut has been a major issue. Over 600,000 vehicles access Beirut from the North, South and East regions. Some solutions have included public transport but ...
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