Posts Tagged ‘Middle East’

Survey ranks Beirut the 33rd most expensive city in the world

October 11, 2009 Leave a comment

Beirut ranks as 33rd most expensive retail rent in world, second highest in Middle East

From The Daily Star

A survey of the world’s most expensive retail rental locations has ranked Beirut as the 33rd most expensive city worldwide. The 2009 survey of 60 cities around the world by property consultants Cushman & Wakefield found Beirut to be the second most expensive of 12 cities in the Middle East and Africa region, and the most expensive of 10 Arab cities included in the rankings, as reported by Lebanon This Week, the economic publication of the Byblos Bank Group. 

In a previous survey Beirut ranked as the 43rd most expensive city globally and the third most expensive in the Middle East and Africa. 
Click on the link above to read the whole article.

Lebanese Singer Nancy Ajram to appear on the Oprah Winfrey Show

October 11, 2009 3 comments

Nancy Ajram, the world famous Lebanese singer, will appear on the Oprah Winfrey Show tonight. Oprah describes Ajram as “the Britney Spears of the Middle East.” The whole episode is scheduled to air tonight on MBC4.

Watch a few seconds of Oprah’s introduction of Ajram.

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!