Regie

Boom times at the Régie

This article is part of an Executive special report on industry. Read more stories as they’re published here, or pick up October’s issue at newsstands in Lebanon. The cedar tree may be the national symbol, but when it comes to smoking the national cigarette brand Cedars, it is the Syrians that have the strongest affinity. In

Domaine de Baal

When size doesn’t matter

This article is part of an Executive special report on beer, wine and arak. Read more stories as they’re published here, or pick up October’s issue at newsstands in Lebanon. Lebanon produces about 9 million bottles of wine annually, almost half of which are produced by two wineries alone — Château Ksara and Château Kefraya. The

Domaine de Baal

It’s all in the grape

This article is part of an Executive special report on beer, wine and arak. Read more stories as they’re published here, or pick up October’s issue at newsstands in Lebanon. September was a busy month for Lebanon. From the Bekaa Valley to the hills of Batroun, from the mountains of the Chouf to Jezzine in the

Rising spirits

Rising spirits

This article is part of an Executive special report on beer, wine and arak. Read more stories as they’re published here, or pick up October’s issue at newsstands in Lebanon. There is general doom and gloom in the economy in Lebanon, consumer confidence is down and polls indicate general pessimism about the future. But one sector

Open the books  (Quinn Dombrowsky | Flickr | CC BY-SA 2.0)

Safety in numbers

This article is part of Executive’s special report on the oil and gas sector. Read more stories as they’re published here, or pick up October’s issue at newsstands in Lebanon.   In November 2013, then-Minister of Energy and Water Gebran Bassil was busily promoting optimism and working hard to launch the first offshore licensing round for

Why don't you wade in the water?

Quality concerns

There’s something missing from the debate about Lebanon’s water woes, several experts on the topic argue. “Engineers, the government, they care about quantity,” says Samira Korfali, an associate professor of chemistry at the Lebanese American University whose water research focuses on metal content in water. “I care about quality.” Indeed, the government’s response to this

Easing the pain

A dream turns to shame

This month’s oil and gas special report was painful to write. What started as an exciting research project on what promises to be the industry that could break the vicious cycle of corruption and cronyism ended up being a reality check that thrusts the truth in our face again. The oil and gas industry won’t

There are potential risks of oil and gas extraction which Lebanon should take into consideration beforehand

All at sea

This article is part of Executive’s special report on the oil and gas sector. Read more stories as they’re published here, or pick up October’s issue at newsstands in Lebanon.   Protecting the world’s waters from pollution associated with offshore oil and gas exploration and production is not a global priority. While then-Russian President Dimitri

It's not all roses

Fighting the resource curse

This article is part of Executive’s special report on the oil and gas sector. Read more stories as they’re published here, or pick up October’s issue at newsstands in Lebanon.   “Ten years from now, 20 years from now, you will see: oil will bring us ruin … Oil is the Devil’s excrement.” This statement from

Oil spill cleanup

Keeping it clean

The Lebanese Petroleum Administration (LPA) recently published a strategic environmental assessment (SEA) related to potential offshore oil and gas activities. RPS Energy Ltd., a multinational energy resources and environmental consultancy company, initiated the study in October 2011 and completed it five months later. RPS will continue to provide consultation to the Ministry of Energy and

Web

High expectations

This article is part of Executive’s special report on the oil and gas sector. Read more stories as they’re published here, or pick up October’s issue at newsstands in Lebanon.   Much has been said regarding the prospects for oil and natural gas in Lebanese waters. Extensive surveying — the entirety of the country’s offshore

A sight we might see in Lebanon (Sanjay Acharya | Wikipedia | CC BY-SA 3.0)

Looking onshore

This article is part of Executive’s special report on the oil and gas sector. Read more stories as they’re published here, or pick up October’s issue at newsstands in Lebanon.   Although Lebanon’s seven onshore exploration wells — drilled between 1947 and 1967 — all turned up dry, that does not mean there are no

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Powered by gas

This article is part of Executive’s special report on the oil and gas sector. Read more stories as they’re published here, or pick up October’s issue at newsstands in Lebanon.   When Lebanon moves forward toward extracting its potential oil and gas resources in the country’s coastal waters, it will do so with the intention of powering

Filling up state coffers is not a straightforward process (Paul Schadler | Flickr | CC BY 2.0)

A treasure trove

This article is part of Executive’s special report on the oil and gas sector. Read more stories as they’re published here, or pick up October’s issue at newsstands in Lebanon.   Like skinning the proverbial cat, there are many ways a state can earn money from oil and gas resources. A government’s goal in negotiating

Dubai World Trade Center

Fields of green

Although the MSCI EM and EFM indices implied a bad month for emerging and frontier markets, with losses of 7.6 percent and 7.4 percent respectively for September, and although both indices were barely above water for the nine months ending on September 30, this tristesse did not reflect the performance of Arab markets in the

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