You Can Bring in Up to 15K in Cash Through Beirut’s Airport

Following the airport's reopening on July 1st, rumors spread that any amounts over $2000 were being confiscated from passengers. The Lebanese Customs issued a statement today clarifying that all passengers can carry up to $15,000 in cash and that any amount above that limit should be declared. The two WhatsApp voices that spread claimed amounts over $2000 were confiscated and one claimed he was handed back a bank check which doesn't really add up. In…

Lebanese Cannot Travel to Cyprus As of July 6th

The below is an announcement shared yesterday by the Cyprus Embassy in Lebanon: Dear all, we are very sorry to announce that following today's decision of the competent authorities of the Republic of Cyprus regarding the categorization of countries according to their epidemiological standards, also taking into consideration the relevant decision of the European Council, a group of countries, including Lebanon, was moved from Category B to Category C. The new categorization will enter into…

Baalbeck International Festival Goes Virtual, Will Broadcast A One-of-a-kind Live Concert on July 5

1 week ago
“The show must go on.” The Baalbeck International Festival is defying the COVID-19 confinement by going virtual and broadcasting live on July 5 a newly conceived concert by Maestro Harout Fazlian and produced by the ...

Safest Countries for COVID-19: UAE Ranks 11th, Lebanon 77th

1 week ago
A report on the top 100 safest countries for COVID-19 was issued by the Deep Knowledge Group, a consortium of companies and nonprofits owned by Deep Knowledge Ventures, an investment firm founded in 2014 in ...

When You Don’t Want the Authorities to Know You’re Selling Dollars

2 weeks ago
Everyone is selling & buying dollars in Lebanon and the easiest way to do so if you’re not a licensed exchanger is through WhatsApp groups. The black market is booming and those trading via WhatsApp ...

The “Wasta” Game

2 weeks ago
There’s a new Lebanese board game in town and it’s called Wasta. The game consists of several cards, including a police officer (Darake), a bank, a thug (Az3ar), your mom (Emmak), your neighbor (El Jara) ...

Politicians Vs Outspoken Activists: Choose Your Battles Wisely

3 weeks ago
Is it ok to swear at politicians? Is profanity allowed when addressing ruling parties that have made our lives miserable for the past 30 years and more? Why is it ok for them to swear ...

#McDonaldsCares: A Golden Card To Honor Health Care Heroes

3 weeks ago
Solidarity is the only way forward to overcome COVID-19 and we’ve seen tons of awesome initiatives in Lebanon by various businesses, NGOs and even on an individual level. Health front-liners, from nursing, doctors, administrative teams, ...

Old Footage Shows The Beatles Arriving in Beirut

4 weeks ago
The Beatles never performed in Beirut but they did make a refueling stop at Beirut’s airport back in 1964 on their way to Hong Kong. The trip included several refueling stops and lasted over 24 ...

Byblos Bank Manager Killed in Parking Lot

1 month ago
Antoine Dagher, the Head of Group Ethics & Fraud Risk Management Department at Byblos Bank, was killed in the parking lot of his building in Hazmieh. Early reports are saying he was hit in the ...