Spotify officially launches in Lebanon and the MENA region, to compete with Deezer and Anghami

It's been available for access for years through unorthodox ways, and rumored for months, but Spotify Arabia has now been finally, officially launched in 13 countries of the MENA region as of Tuesday. The list includes the UAE, Qatar, Morocco, Algeria, Egypt, Tunisia, Lebanon, Jordan, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait, and the Palestine territories. It wasn't however launched in war-torn countries such as Libya, Iraq, Syria, or Yemen. The music streaming app will have free and…

Passport Index 2018: Lebanon 85th in the world, UAE surges to 4th best

Arton Capital’s updated Passport Index released on October 30, which ranks passports of the world by their total visa-free score, has listed Lebanon's in the 85th place , while UAE's passport still has the lead in the Gulf region but has rocketed to the 4th most powerful passport worldwide, ahead of countries such as Australia and New Zealand. Singapore and Germany sit on top of the pile in 2018. Emiratis can now visit 113 destinations…

UNHCR: 88% of Syrian Refugees Want to Return Home

3 weeks ago
Amid all this talk about naturalizing refugees and keeping them in Lebanon, UNHCR representative to Lebanon Mireille Girard revealed yesterday that 88% of Syrian refugees in Lebanon want to return to their country, but cannot ...

[Updated] Lebanese Woman Sentenced to 11 years in Prison For Insulting Egyptians in a Video

4 months ago
Update Sept 10 2018: Mona is set to be released after her prison term was cut to one year and suspended. Great news! This is crazy! A Lebanese woman called Mona el-Mazbouh has been sentenced ...

Meet the AUB Surgeon Treating Palestinian Protesters in Gaza

6 months ago
Dr. Ghassan Abu-Sitta, a reconstructive surgeon working at the American University of Beirut, has been making trips to Gaza for the past five years to help injured Palestinians. He’s currently there operating non-stop at al-Awda ...

Expats Voters Turnout at 65% in Arab Countries, Highest Turnout in Qatar at 76%

6 months ago
The first round of the Lebanese expats voting is over and the second one is on its way today. This is the first time ever that Lebanese expats cast their votes outside their country and ...

Insights Into Men & Gender Equality in Lebanon

8 months ago
Promundo and UN Women, with ABAAD and Connecting Research to Development (CRD) surveyed 1,050 men and 1,136 women between the ages of 18 and 59, representing both the Lebanese and Syrian populations living in Lebanon ...

The “Arabic Dream” Song is 20 years Old Already!

8 months ago
The “Arabic Dream” (الحلم العربي) song, which came out in 1998 and trended in 2000 following the second Palestinian Intifada is now 20 years old! Just to think that things were so bad back then, ...

Damaged Marine Cables Between Cyprus & Alexandria Affecting Internet in #Lebanon

9 months ago
If you’re wondering why internet in Lebanon has slowed down* in the past week, this is due to a rupture of two cables connecting Cyprus to Europe. The latest update I read stated that the ...

Beirut’s St. George Cathedral & Al-Amine Mosque Light Up for Jerusalem

11 months ago
Yesterday evening, and in response to U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to declare Jerusalem the capital of “Israel”, images of Jerusalem’s Church of the Holy Sepulcher and Al-Aqsa Mosque were projected against the facades of ...