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9 Lebanese Startups Among The Arab World’s Top 100

Forbes Middle East released its list of the top 100 startups in the Arab World and Lebanon earned 9 spots with Anghami coming 2nd in the overall ranking thanks to $29M in funding. UAE based startup Fetchr was ranked 1st with a funding of $52M.

Here’s a list of the Lebanese startups that were mentioned (Full list available here):

  • #2 Anghami – Music streaming platform
  • #23 Scriptr – IoT application platform
  • #25 Falafel Games –  Develops and publishes massively multiplayer online games
  • #31 Sqwirl Lab – Startup studio
  • #39 Energy24 – Alternative Energy storage and generator
  • #65 Blink My Car – Car care app
  • #72 Risk+ Solutions – Financial intelligence and risk management solutions
  • #77 Loop – Electric scooter sharing technology
  • #85 Myki – Cybersecurity

With the all the telecom infrastructure upgrades we are promised, I hope we get to see even more Lebanese projects and startups in the coming years.

On the other hand, a similar list was also compiled by Forbes for the top 100 Arab companies and 4 Lebanese banks made it to the list (Bank Audi, BLOM Bank, Byblos Bank, and Bank of Beirut).


Banque Libano-Française New Mobile App Commercial

It’s not everyday that Lebanese banks make funny commercials. This one was made for Banque Libano-Française’s new Mobile app (MyBLF 2.0) and the actress portraying the client is absolutely hilarious!

Make sure to watch the video till the end.


Wissam Kamal to Host “Ridiculousness Arabia” on Comedy Central

I’ve been following Wissam Kamal on YouTube since the early days of his channel and have always loved the series he does such as “Lebanese Father and Son” and “Lebanese Ads: F**k Logic”. The guy solely relies on conveying fun messages instead of clowning around to make us laugh at him like Lebanese TV comedians do, hence why I have always wished to see him running his own show.

Earlier this year he earned some exposure when he appeared with on a hilarious ad for Datsun, and Comedy Central Arabia recently seems to have given him what he deserves by getting him on-board season 2 of “Ridiculousness Arabia”, which makes him the first Lebanese comedian to host a show on this international channel.

The show features viral videos from the internet that are usually failed do-it-yourself attempts at stunts, to which the hosts add their own mock commentary. It will start airing on September 3rd on Comedy Central Arabia which is part of OSN in our region so make sure to tune in!

You can follow Wissam on both YouTube and Facebook for new videos and updates about his work. Also, check the below interview with him and his dad on Min El Ekhir 2 days ago.


Things to Do This Week in Lebanon – August 9th 2017


Here are my picks from Lebtivity for the 2 coming weeks. Plenty of events are taking place all around the country as almost every town is hosting its own festival this year.

  1. The Cocktail Festival – Jounieh Edition 2017
  2. Catch a Hot New Ride at City Centre Beirut
  3. Cabriolet Film Festival – Byblos 2017 / 4th edition
  4. Holi Festival of Colours – Beirut 2017
  5. Sangría Night at Casa Lucia
  6. TOTO Concert in Lebanon – Part of Baalbeck International Festival 2017
  7. Michel Sardou in Concert at Ehdeniyat
  8. Bonnie Tyler | Batroun International Festival 2017
  9. Daly Gana Live In Concert at Phoenicia Hotel
  10. Wonderland A Magical City Of lights – Part of Jounieh Summer Festival 2017
  11. Mza’art sous La Tente
  12. Mzaar Summer Festival The X10tion
  13. Wonderfly – Faqra Club 2017
  14. Escape Games Beirut – The New Smart Fun Activity!
  15. Magida El Roumi in لا تسأل | Beiteddine International Art Festival 2017
  16. Summer In Nature By Ahlam Golf & Mountain Village
  18. Arnabeat Night at View Bar
  19. Batroun to Anfeh morning ride With Mountain Bike Lebanon
  20. Kul-cha reggae festival 2017

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


Not Every Occasion Calls for Witty Slogans

It was cool around 2009 and 2010 when Almaza used to advertise witty phrases and taglines on holidays and special occasions, but it became really annoying nowadays with every single brand in the Lebanese market attempt to do the same. To be fair some are coming up with creative stuff, but the majority end up appearing like an assignment done at the last minute.

Below are some example (read disasters*) that were done on the occasion of Army Day last week and did absolutely nothing to convince me spend a lira on the advertised goods.


Lebanese Identified as The Modern-Day Descendants of Canaanites

A paper published in the American Journal of Human Genetics yesterday revealed that more than 90 percent of the genetic ancestry of modern Lebanese is derived from ancient Canaanites.

This revelation is quite intriguing now since historical records about the Canaanites are relatively limited. What we know about them from the Bible is that they were annihilated, and most facts about their community are written by their enemies (ancient Romans, Greeks and Israelites) while their origin and fate remain mysterious.

Researchers were able to sequence the Canaanite genome from the remains of five individuals buried in the ancient city of Sidon (Saida nowadays) around 4,000 years ago, and analysed the genetic relationship between the ancient Canaanites and modern Lebanese by sequencing the genome of 99 modern-day Lebanese.

It’s worth noting though that some historians consider the Phoenicians a sub-group of the Canaanites, but a study earlier in 2016 concluded that we are not related to them… I have no idea how can one interpret this.

Anyway, you can read more about this interesting study here and here.

Photo via National Geographic


Fayrouz Drops a New Single Inspired by John Lennon’s Imagine

Earlier in June Fayrouz released a new single titled “Lameen” from her upcoming album Bebalee, and just last night her daughter Reema Rahbany posted about a second single titled “Yemken” and this time it was inspired by Jon Lennon’s Imagine.

You can get it from iTune here or just wait a few hours until some people rip it and post it everywhere on Facebook and YouTube.

Now as much as I love Fayrouz, I’m honestly having mixed feelings about these adapted songs… I am by no means a music critic let alone evaluate a piece by Fayrouz, but both of the two singles sounded a bit off to me. It could be that I was expecting something in the same spirit of the music that her son Ziad used to arrange for her, or it could simply be that the original songs were seriously good and therefore it’s unfair to make a comparison with the recent singles given the age of Fayrouz and how she’s performing now… Either ways, I hope the rest of the album capture our hearts just like all her songs did before.


Things to Do This Week in Lebanon – July 5th 2017


Here are my picks from Lebtivity for the 2 coming weeks. Plenty of things are going around town and these suggestions are guaranteed to inspire your plans!

  1. RetroVille – “Music Fest” | The amusement park experience
  2. Tomorrowland party in Lebanon
  3. The Harmony of Chaos
  4. Yacht Party by Lasgidi Beirut
  5. Stress Management Workshop With a Twist: Zen Day at The Blue House Secret Garden
  6. BDD Talks – Passion Talks with Moustafa Hamwi, the Passion Guy!
  7. Escape Games Beirut – The New Smart Fun Activity!
  8. The Power of Communication
  9. Chris de Burgh Concert in Lebanon – Part of Beirut Holidays 2017
  10. Al Mousafer – new release
  11. Al Zaman Al Assil Show with Bassem Feghali & many more
  12. Red Night 2017 – Fundraising Night for Donner Sang Compter (DSC)
  13. The Cocktail Market – Exotic Edition – Brummana 2017
  14. روحي | Go Home by Jihane CHouaib
  15. Mindfulness Introductory Session
  16. Kingset Production Workshop
  17. Hanine Live in Concert at Faqra Festival 2017

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


Things to Do This Week in Lebanon – June 28th 2017


Here are my picks from Lebtivity for this week. “Alwan Beirut” animated show is taking place this week as part of Beirut Cultural Festival.

  1. Beirut Family Fun Festival – 2nd edition 2017
  2. The Harmony of Chaos
  3. Escape Games Beirut – The New Smart Fun Activity!
  4. Speed Networking
  5. روحي | Go Home by Jihane CHouaib
  6. Bnachii Lake Festival 2017
  7. Alwan Beirut – The Beirut Cultural Festivals & The Municipality of Beirut
  8. Inner Harmony & Out Chaos

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


Things to Do This Week in Lebanon – June 21st 2017


Here are my picks from Lebtivity for this week. Don’t miss Fete de La Musique tonight at various places around town!

  1. Talk | Swiss Art Talks: Giovanni Carmine
  2. Fete de la Musique 2017 – Beyrouth, Liban – Full Program
  3. Escape Games Beirut – The New Smart Fun Activity!
  4. The Harmony of Chaos
  5. Somewhere | Backstroke – An Outdoor Movie Cycle at the Garten
  6. Blooming JUNE – Rural Lunches
  7. Rise Above Jounieh Festival Fireworks – View from Burj on Bay Hotel
  8. Fête de la Musique à Gemmayzé
  9. Mastering Social Media Workshop with Ralph Aoun at ESW
  10. Inner Harmony & Out Chaos

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


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