Phoenicia Hotel Set to Reopen on October 3

Phoenicia Beirut, the iconic Beirut landmark, is set to reopen its doors on October 3rd. The hotel closed briefly following the August 4 port explosion and then shut down its doors due to the economic crisis. This is not the first time Phoenicia has overcome tough times and reopened. The hotel was damaged during the civil war between 1975-1990 and specifically during the 1976 Battle of the Hotels, before reopening in 2000, and then got…

Heritage Buildings of Beirut Placed on 2022 World’s Monuments Watch

The World Monument Fund has decided to place for this year the heritage buildings of Beirut and their surrounding on the 2022 World Monument Watch. This decision comes following the heavy damages that these houses endured from the August 4 Beirut Blast. The WMF estimates that hundreds of historic buildings distributed throughout the neighborhoods of Gemmayzeh, Mar Mikhael, and Karantina, as well as Ashrafieh, a prosperous area rising on a hill further south have been…
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“Picture Perfect”, A Children’s Book Commemorating Beirut Blast’s 3-Year Old Victim Alexandra Najjar

7 months ago
I cannot imagine how hard it must have been for Najla el Khatib to try and write down her sister’s story, but I can only admire her courage and perseverance in coming up with this ...
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Carl Bechstein Foundation Donates 16 Pianos To The Beirut National Conservatory

7 months ago
The Carl Bechstein Foundation has gifted the Beirut National Conservatory six grand pianos and ten uprights valued at over 300,000 Euros, in an attempt to help the Conservatory resume its lessons, following the damages caused ...
Architecture

A 3D Recreation Of The Egg Building in Beirut

7 months ago
The “Egg” building is one of Beirut’s most iconic landmarks. It was built in 1966 by Lebanese architect Joseph Philip Karam and was part of a multi-user complex including an egg-spaced shell and two high ...
Art

The National Library Officially Reopens (Again)

7 months ago
The National Library was officially reopened in 2018 after 39 years but it had to be closed once again following the damages caused by the 2020 Beirut blast. Qatar had already sponsored the efforts to ...
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Xposure To Sponsor Refugee Boy Photographed Reading A Book in The Garbage

7 months ago
Rodrigues Mghames’ photo of the 10-year old boy reading in the garbage dump, which went viral on all social media channels, has been featured in this year’s XPOSURE International Photography Festival, and the festival has ...
Art

Tony Maalouf’s Contribution To Pfizer’s World Cancer Awareness Month 2022

7 months ago
As part of Pfizer’s #WorldCancerAwarenessMonth2022 campaign, Tony Maalouf (Interior Architect & Kick-ass Illustrator) produced this powerful animation to illustrate how a supporting network can make all the difference in a cancer patient’s life. This support ...
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Four Lebanese on Forbes MENA’s Most Powerful Business Women

7 months ago
Forbes published this year’s list of MENA’s most influential and successful businesswomen and four Lebanese women made it to the list. The ranking is based on several criteria including accomplishments achieved over the last year, ...
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Ziad Abi Chaker: Replacing Stolen Metal Manhole Covers with Eco-Friendly Ones

7 months ago
Lebanon’s economic crisis has led to a spike in the theft of manholes covers, and these thefts are still ongoing despite the numerous arrested by the ISF. The absence of manholes is a hazard for ...
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