Archive for September, 2009

A Beauty Salon for Little Girls in Lebanon

September 30, 2009 Leave a comment

Beauty bug bites Beirut’s littlest

From AFP

Mia may be only seven years old but the Lebanese youngster knows what she wants: a manicure and pedicure in purple, a golden star stenciled onto her hair, and a facial.And while many an older woman may struggle over what works best for the complexion, to little Mia the answer is simple: chocolate.

“It makes my skin soft,” she explains, as a beautician spreads the dark goo over her face in the Spa-Tacular Salon, a professional beauty centre for children in Lebanon.

The salon is one of a handful of parlours that have opened their doors to Lebanon’s littlest, and the trend is picking up rapidly in a country reputed for its image-conscious populace.

Made of sugar and spice and many things nice, Mia’s 15-dollar (11-euro) chocolate facial is a hit with her friends who dip their index fingers into the homemade mix and then lick their fingers, squealing as they hold back their freshly-coiffed hair.

Dressed in bright pink robes, the little girls, whose ages range from five to 11, pick shades of pink and blue for their nails and settle into brightly-coloured booster seats awaiting their turn.

Beauty Salon for Little Girls

Credits: AFP

Click on the link above to read the whole article.

Lebanon, you can do better than 175.

September 28, 2009 1 comment

Beirut ranks 175th globally for quality of living

From The Daily Star

The annual survey on the quality of living in 215 cities around the world ranked Beirut as the 175th most desirable city for overall living standards and 16th among 21 cities surveyed in the Middle East and North Africa region in 2009, as reported by Lebanon This Week, the economic publication of the Byblos Bank Group. 

 To read the whole article, click on the link above.

Snoop Dogg’s new video shows Beirut nightlife

September 28, 2009 Leave a comment

The official video for Snoop Dogg’s song “That’s The Homie” has plenty of footage from the conert he recently performed in Beirut. “Beirut, Lebanon” is written at the very beginning of the video and you can even see Dogg wearing a keffiyah.


Jeux de la Francophonie, a spectacular show indeed!

September 27, 2009 Leave a comment

Spectacular ceremony kicks off Francophone games in Lebanon

From The Daily Star

The sixth Francophone Games kicked off in spectacular fashion Sunday with a lavish opening ceremony in Beirut. Thousands of fans packed into Camille Chamoun stadium as more than 70 million television viewers worldwide tuned in to see the extravagant launch. The ceremony was attended by top Lebanese politicians including President Michel Sleiman, caretaker Prime Minister Fouad Siniora, Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri and Parliament Speaker Nabhi Berri.  

Watch the amazing Majda Al-Roumi perform at the Jeux de la Francophonie 2009!
Beyrouth 2009: Diversite, Solidarite, Excellence!

Jeux de la Francophonie!

September 26, 2009 Leave a comment

Tomorrow Lebanon will host the 2009 Francophone Games, a four-yearly event that has been taking place since 1989. Around 3,000 athletes and participants from 42 countries are expected to take part.

Lebanese President Michel Sleiman, the secretary general of the Francophonie organisation, Abdou Diouf, French Prime Minister Francois Fillon, Prince Albert of Monaco and some 40 ministers from participating countries are among the guests to attend the opening ceremony on Sunday, September 27.

World celebrities including Senegalese artist Youssou N’Dour, Lebanese singer Magida el-Roumi, Lebanese-born composer Gabriel Yared and 100 other musicians and dancers will also take part in the opening ceremony which is going to be held at the capital’s Camille Chamoun sports stadium.

The games will end on October 6.

For more information on the Francophone Games 2009, visit

Source: AFP

It’s time to run, Lebanon!

September 25, 2009 Leave a comment

The Beirut 2009 Marathon will run on Dec. 6, 2009. This annual event, the seventh since 2003, will be held under the slogan “It’s time to run.” In addition to the main marathon (42,195 km), there will also be a 10 km run and a 5 km mini-marathon.

Registration ends on Nov. 15. Sign up, put your shoes on and run for Lebanon!

For event details, please visit

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Lebanon gets ready to break another Guinness World Record

September 18, 2009 Leave a comment

After the small town of Ehden in north Lebanon broke the Guinness World Record for the largest Kebbe dish, Lebanon is set to attempt and hopefully break another world reord for the largest servings of hummus and tabouleh. As reported in The Daily Star article today the attempt will take place in the Saifi market in Downtown Beirut on October 24 and 25. According to the article, “the dishes are expected to stretch some 5,800 square kilometers. The two-day event will also see the participation of several Lebanese restaurants and artisans from the oil, souvenirs and craftsmanship industries, as well as a variety of entertainers, games and auctions.” It also mentions that the event is as part of a campaign to claim ownership of these traditional dishes.

If anything, this event will definitely show that the Lebanese can never have enough of their great food!

2009 Middle East Coference Series

September 15, 2009 Leave a comment


Credits: POMED's website

Credits: POMED's website

Be part of the 2009 Middle East Conference in Beirut October 26 – 28 and apply now. The deadline is September 20.


From the Project on Midde East Democracy’s website:

The Project on Middle East Democracy (POMED) in cooperation with the United States Institute of Peace (USIP), Georgetown University’s Center for Democracy and Civil Society, and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund (RBF) are now accepting applications for the annual regional conferences in the Middle East. The 2009 Conferences will be hosted in partnership with the Center for Strategic Studies at Jordan University, the Lebanese Center for Policy Studies, and the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies. The conferences will examine political reform dynamics in Jordan, Lebanon, and Egypt and the role of U.S. foreign policy. The purpose of the conferences is to generate recommendations for U.S. policymakers for how to improve its impact and to effectively encourage democratic reform.

The conference will include panel discussions featuring Arab and American experts on U.S. foreign policy initiatives, progress of political reform in the region, and the role of the U.S. and Europe in assisting this process. The conference topics will include:

  • Elections & Political Processes
  • Religious Freedom & Inclusion
  • Women’s Rights & Empowerment
  • Human Security & Development

The conferences will take place in Amman, Beirut, and Cairo. Americans living in the US or in the region, Europeans, as well as local young professionals residing in those respective countries ages 23-35 are encouraged to apply. Each conference will include 15 Middle Easterners and 15 Americans and Europeans. Since the number of spaces is limited, participants will be chosen by competitive application. So apply now!

Snoop Dogg Calls Beirut “the Party Capital of the World”

September 13, 2009 Leave a comment
Snoop Dogg holding the Lebanese flag at his first Mideast gig in Beirut

Snoop Dogg holding the Lebanese flag at his first Mideast gig in Beirut - Credits: LA Times


Snoop Dogg, the famous U.S. rapper, made his first trip to the Middle East this summer by coming to Lebanon. Dogg, who performed in Beirut, described the city by calling it “the party capital of the world.

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And the Lebanese freak-show continues…

September 10, 2009 Leave a comment

A Daily Star editorial piece published today couldn’t have described the political situation in Lebanon any better. The article describes governance in Beirut to a circus event, the politicians to clowns and says that the problem lies in Lebanon’s political system or in this case the circus ring.

“The only long-term solution to Lebanon’s perineal political woes is to completely overhaul the system.” Now, who wouldn’t agree with this statement?

The piece is definitely worth reading.

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