15,000 LBP is The New Official Exchange Rate?

Reuters reported today that the Lebanese Central Bank is set to drop the 1,507 rate that has been used since 1997 and replace it with LL 15,000 for every 1 U.S dollar by the end of October. Today's black market exchange rate stands at LL 38,000 so I am not really sure how realistic this LL 15,000 rate is. We will wait and see how the government or the Central Bank will justify this new…

Are We Getting a New President Tomorrow?

The first session to elect a new president is taking place on September 29th, and while there's still no consensus on a candidate, there are no reasons to rule out a successful vote if the quorum is met and a candidate manages to get the absolute majority in the second or third round. There are already talks about a serious candidate that might emerge as a winner tomorrow, who is Salah Hnein, but once again…

Phoenicia Hotel Set to Reopen on October 3

1 week ago
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 ...

Librairie Antoine Beirut Souks is Temporarily Closed

2 months ago
The iconic “Librarie Antoine” book store at the Beirut Souks has officially shut down today after a farewell ceremony in honor of the victims of the August 4 Port explosion. The ceremony was led by ...

After “Lightyear”, Lebanese General Security Bans “Minions: The Rise of Gru”

2 months ago
Lightyear, the prequel to Pixar’s Toy Story franchise, was banned in Lebanon back in June for featuring a brief kiss between a same-sex couple. 13 other Middle Easter and Asian countries, including Saudi Arabia, Egypt, ...

Beirut First Club Defeats Riyadi To Claim First Title

3 months ago
Beirut First Club defeated Riyadi in Game 7 tonight to claim its first ever Lebanese Basketball League title. Beirut was down 2-0 in the series before pulling an incredible comeback and winning the series at ...

Furn Beaino Coming to Dubai!

6 months ago
My favorite Lahm Baajine place in Lebanon is opening soon in Dubai! I’ve known for a while now that they’re considering opening in Dubai & Abu Dhabi in 2022 but I don’t have the exact ...

1,043 Candidates For The 2022 Elections, Only 15% Are Women

6 months ago
The number of candidates running for the 2022 parliamentary elections is officially 1,043 candidates, versus 976 candidates in the 2018 elections. Out of these 1,043 candidates, only 155 are women. The youngest candidate is 26-year ...

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

7 months ago
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 ...

BASE jump From Habtoor Hotel Roof

7 months ago
Lebanese Extreme sports athlete Mikel Khalil shared few weeks back a video on Insta where he’s BASE jumping from the roof of the Habtoor hotel. I haven’t heard of him before, but he has some ...