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New Parking Tariffs in Beirut

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Due to the disproportionate tariffs set by parking owners across Beirut, governor Ziad Chebib and the municipality recently issued a new decree setting the maximum fees you should pay for private parkings around the city after dividing it into 4 regions as shown above, and the new tariffs are as follows:

First region (Blue):

  • from 0 to 3 hours:
    3,000 L.L.
  • from 3 to 5 hours:
    4,000 L.L.
  • from 5 to 8 hours:
    5,000 L.L.
  • 8 to 10 hours:
    6,000 L.L.
  • from 10 to 14 hours:
    7,000 L.L.

Second region (Green):

  • from 0 to 4 hours:
    3,000 L.L.
  • from 4 to 7 hours:
    4,000 L.L.
  • from 7 to 10 hours:
    5,000 L.L.
  • from 10 to 14 hours:
    6,000 L.L.

Third region (Yellow):

  • from 0 to 3 hours:
    2,000 L.L.
  • from 3 to 5 hours:
    3,000 L.L.
  • from 5 to 8 hours:
    3,500 L.L.
  • from 8 to 10 hours:
    4,000 L.L.
  • from 10 to 14 hours:
    5,000 L.L.

Fourth region (Red):

  • from 0 to 4 hours:
    2,000 L.L.
  • from 4 to 7 hours:
    3,000 L.L.
  • from 7 to 10 hours:
    3,000 L.L.
  • from 10 to 14 hours:
    4,000 L.L.

As for covered parking spaces, the following tariffs apply:

First region (Blue):

  • from 0 to 3 hours:
    4,000 L.L.
  • from 3 to 5 hours:
    5,000 L.L.
  • from 5 to 8 hours:
    6,000 L.L.
  • from 8 to 10 hours
    7,000 L.L.
  • from 10 to 14 hours:
    8,000 L.L.

Second region (Green):

  • from 0 to 4 hours:
    4,000 L.L.
  • from 4 to 7 hours:
    5,000 L.L.
  • from 7 to 10 hours:
    6,000 L.L.
  • from 10 to 14 hours:
    7,000 L.L.

Third region (Yellow):

  • from 0 to 3 hours:
    3,000 L.L.
  • from 3 to 5 hours:
    3,500 L.L.
  • from 5 to 8 hours:
    4,000 L.L.
  • 8 to 10 hours:
    4,500 L.L.
  • from 10 to 14 hours:
    5,500 L.L.

Fourth region (Red):

  • from 0 to 4 hours:
    3,000 L.L.
  • from 4 to 7 hours:
    3,000 L.L.
  • from 7 to 10 hours:
    4,000 L.L.
  • from 10 to 14 hours
    4,500 L.L.

Note that the time is rounded up to the nearest hour after 10 minutes.

I’m not really sure how serious will the municipality be about obliging parking owners to abide by the set tariffs, but the chart will at least help you know whether you’re being ripped off or not!

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touch now allows in-app payments

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Late last month, touch enabled in-app payments that allow users to purchase items or upgrades from inside the apps they are using for a fee that either gets added to the monthly bill for postpaid lines, or deducted from the available balance for prepaid customers, and therefore no credit cards are used in the process.

I believe this is definitely great news to people who have no credit cards or simply prefer not to use them online, as well as developers who can now monetize their ideas by gaining access to a huge customer base.

The first application to adopt this service was Anghami by the way, which offers unlimited access to millions of songs for $5/month. So if you are an Anghami user, you can now upgrade your account and the subscription fee will be added to your bill.

If you’re a developer and interested in using the in-app payment, then you should probably know that touch currently keeps 30% of your revenue for themselves in exchange for using the service. For any additional information, you may contact them through their website.

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People fainting at Nefaa

Here’s what you get when everyone (including myself) postpone paying their mecanique fees till the end of December. Some people fainted while waiting in lines today!

Regardless of how crowded the place is, the corruption you get to witness there is guaranteed to cause you a heart attack while waiting.

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Here’s to launching the 3G service in Lebanon!

Last day I got a phone call from a gentleman in MTC Touch telling me that I will be granted the 3G service for a 1 month free trial period, and so right now I’m among the lucky people who got to participate in the pilot testing of this service in Lebanon. An yes I’m so excited about it!!

The service got activated at around 1PM today on my phone and didn’t require any special configuration to run. I randomly started loading websites and found the connection to be pretty fast compared to home ADSL and the crappy GPRS. Below are two tests done using speedtest.net after I shared the connection with my laptop.

As you can see, download is @ 1.7Mbps which is superb compared to the current internet speeds, while upload is varying between 0.11 and 0.22Mbps. Ping is of course higher that it is supposed to be, and I hope it’ll improve soon. Note that I was in Beirut central district at the time of this test, and I guess speed might vary depending on your location.

3G subscriptions will be available for both postpaid and prepaid lines, and data transfer will be limited to 4GB/month. It isn’t clear tough how much will the operators charge for it.

I’ll hopefully be posting more updates on the connection quality and speed throughout this trial period.

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