Things to Do This Week in Lebanon – November 9th 2016

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Here are my picks from Lebtivity for this week. Don’t miss the gourmet week happening from Monday till next Friday which will feature special promotions and discounts from the top restaurants and bars in town!

  1. Beirut Marathon 2016
  2. Royal Wedding Fair
  3. Gourmet Week 2016
  4. Zoukak Sidewalks 2016 – The Festival
  5. GEW Lebanon 2016 – Global Entrepreneurship Week Lebanon
  6. Be their chance #3 – Concert
  7. Chess classes at Cranium Educational Center
  8. Grande Braderie Et Artisanat 2016
  9. Learning From Nature Workshop
  10. Night hike & Full Beaver Moon monitoring

Make sure to check Lebtivity.com for much more options.

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Lebanon is Calling – DEMCO Properties Ad on CNN is Spot On!

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Following the election of a new president in Lebanon after 2 and half years of vacuum, the general mood among the politicians and people alike has been turning positive with hopes of a stable and flourishing future ahead, and this beautiful ad by DEMCO Properties that was showing every 30 minutes on CNN during their coverage of the presidential elections really nails it at restoring the Lebanese expats’ faith in their country.

The ad shows some accomplished Lebanese businessman in NYC getting an emotional call from his homeland (literally) to tell him that Lebanon is back again on his feet and needs his support to accomplish more and eventually secure a stable future.

Needless to say, the ad encourages Lebanese expats to never lose faith in their country and contribute in its recovery by investing more in it, however the most important message this is conveying is to remain positive (who would have guessed 1 month ago that we will elect a president on October 31st?!), I mean even if some expats don’t have some spare money to invest in Lebanon, watching this ad is enough to give them a warm feeling and an extra push to achieve more!

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Stunning Silent Mini Documentary of Beirut in 1921

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I’m a sucker for old photos and videos of Beirut and the below two videos I found on medmem.eu are an absolute gem!

The videos are both silent and were taken in 1921 during the French mandate. The first part shows several areas of Beirut like Saint George, Raouche, and The Grand Serail with brief descriptions in between the different scenes. It was quite interesting to learn from that part that a french aviation line used to connect Lebanon to Europe back then  through seaplanes.

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On the other hand, the second part focuses on education institutions at that time with scenes showing USJ univerity and Hotel Dieu hospital among others institutes. Towards the end of it you can also see the Patriarch during that time Elias Peter Hoayek sitting between some officials at College du Sacre-Coeur.

I will be searching to check if there are other related video to this documentary and will definitely be sharing them if I found any.

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Things to Do This Week in Lebanon – November 2nd 2016

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Here are my picks from Lebtivity for this week. Two big events are taking place over the next few days, the francophone book fair in Biel and the BDL Accelerate conference at Forum de Beyrouth.

  1. 23eme Salon du Livre Francophone de Beyrouth 2016
  2. UN Film Festival
  3. Lancement de la BD Maximum Max – Aventures de Maxime Chaaya
  4. Zoukak Sidewalks 2016 – The Festival
  5. BDL Accelerate Conference 2016
  6. Tom a La Licorne
  7. 3eesh 7ayetak (عيش حياتك)
  8. Global HR Trends Summit Beirut
  9. Maison Colombe – Activités Culturelles & Spirituelles
  10. Trends Of Business Book Signing by Hasan Youness

Make sure to check Lebtivity.com for much more options.

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Beirut Digital Distrcit Has a New Little Free Library

I went to Beirut Digital District yesterday and was surprised to find that a new Little Free Library popped up there!

In case you’re not familiar to this initiative, Little Free Library is a worldwide movement that promotes reading by encouraging people to take any of the available books inside that box in exchange of leaving another one. I have earlier spotted a similar library in Horsh Tabet public garden and wrote about it here.

Those who work there are definitely lucky for being to able to exchange old books with new interesting reads for free. Hoping to see more of these libraries in public places!

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Things to Do This Week in Lebanon – October 26th 2016

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Here are my picks from Lebtivity for this week. If you will be around the north this weekend then I highly recommend you attend Tania Saleh’s concert in Kfifan on Saturday night.

  1. BDD Talks: Stress, Emotions & Healthy Lifestyle – “Ms. Amygdala: The Lady behind all our Problems” with Samer Taher
  2. Skyrocket Your Sales! – Body Language Revealed
  3. Le Carnaval de la Bière – Zouk Mikael 2016
  4. Chantal Goya au Liban – Les Aventures Fantastiques de Marie-Rose
  5. Souk El Tayeb at The Village Dbayeh
  6. Sevine Debut Album Launch
  7. Ibero-American Film Festival – 7th edition at Metropolis
  8. Cleaning day by Colonel Beer
  9. Offrejoie presents Tania Saleh live in Concert
  10. Sunday Brunch at Indigo on The Roof

Make sure to check Lebtivity.com for much more options.

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Watch, Learn, and Abide by The Traffic Law

MTV Lebanon aired a spot on report by Nawal Berri yesterday showing a series of accidents recorded by the traffic monitoring center that happened due to drivers and pedestrians violating the traffic law.

As disturbing as this video is, it is a much needed wake up call to everybody outsmarting others on the road.

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Follow Fadi Bou Karam As He Visits All The Lebanons in USA

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Fadi Bou Karam is a Lebanese photographer who’s currently in the US on an unusual yet cool quest to visit all the towns and cities called Lebanon there.

The number of cities he’s planning to visit are 43 and it will take him around 5 months to go over all of them. His starting point was Seattle where he rented a used caravan in order to save on hotel costs, and the closest Lebanon town to him right now is 1 week away in North Dakota. This massive road trip he’s doing should end in San Francisco around March 2017.

You can follow his news and the photos/videos he will be sharing on the blog he set up LebanonUSA.com.

His first post included a cool find from the 1950s about the late president Camille Chamoun who invited the mayors of 7 American towns called Lebanon in order to introduce them to the “real” Lebanon. Back then they spent two weeks touring the country and each one was given a small cedar tree as a souvenir on their way back to the US.

Wishing Fadi Bou Karam good luck in this fun quest! It’s hard not to envy people who go on such long trips by the way as I always dream of doing something similar in the far east!

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Penalty Reduction on Mecanique Fees Until February 2017

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I rarely give any importance to the laws passed by the Lebanese parliament, but I know this one matters to lot of people and that’s why I’m sharing it here.

The parliament authorized yesterday a reduction on mecanique fee penalties for people who have not paid their dues over the past years. The reduction is expected to be up to 90% and you have until the end of February 2017 to benefit from it.

However note that the inspection centers are currently closed due to the transportation unions strike, so you might have to wait a bit before you can inspect your car and pay your dues.

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Things to Do This Week in Lebanon – October 19th 2016

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Here are my picks from Lebtivity for this week. Movie buffs can enjoy a couple of film festivals happening this week, the ARTE Film Week and The Russian film festival which will both take place at Metropolis Cinema.

  1. Les Autres Bonnes – Piece de Theatre
  2. Beirut-New York, Book Release by Maya Zankoul
  3. Berytech Meetup Powered by GIST
  4. BDD Talks: Stress, Emotions & Healthy Lifestyle – “Ms. Amygdala: The Lady behind all our Problems” with Samer Taher
  5. KMC’s Pink Promise – Walk, Run & Bike against Breast Cancer
  6. 7e Semaine ARTE
  7. First Russian Film Festival in Lebanon
  8. Re-Mi Bendali In Concert
  9. Movie Night at Memory Lane – Every Tuesday
  10. Pain Free Workshop with Jean Shaar
  11. The Walk of Legends Motivational Firewalking Seminar

Make sure to check Lebtivity.com for much more options.

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