Wellness is the way forward for the GCC

The delivery of healthcare is undergoing significant changes owing to medical and technological advances. These trends are particularly promising for the Gulf Cooperation Council countries, which are grappling with rising healthcare costs and an epidemic of non-communicable diseases (NCDs), such as cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular and respiratory illnesses. Healthcare policymakers in the GCC who understand these

Solidere was responsible for the development of Downtown Beirut

Solidere appoints new manager of operations

Solidere, the company responsible for the development and reconstruction of the Beirut Central District, has appointed Jamal Itani to be general manager of operations in what the company’s representatives called an expansion of management capabilities. He was appointed by a management decision, not by the board of directors. Solidere representatives, speaking with Executive on condition

Could online real estate take off in Lebanon?

Properties a click away

Lebanon’s real estate market is not the most transparent for property buyers. But expats and foreigners looking to buy or rent assets in the country can turn to the internet to at least get an initial idea of what to expect and where to buy. Although almost all of Lebanon’s competitive real estate agents accept

Joseph Jabra is President of the Lebanese American University

Training the next generation of doctors

The Lebanese American University (LAU) has had considerable medical ambitions for some time. From acquiring the Rizk Hospital five years ago and transforming it into the University Medical Center — Rizk Hospital (UMC-RH), to setting up a state of the art medical school in Byblos, LAU is not resting on its laurels. It has big

Michel Aoun and Samir Geagea have both been touted as potential Presidents

Neither Geagea nor Aoun can heal Lebanon

In modern economies, governments should have two fundamental priorities. The first is to decrease unemployment and the second is to develop the country’s human resources in order for citizens to become more efficient and valuable, thus contributing to growth. One of the prerequisites of this is a healthy population, well-served by their healthcare system. Clearly,

Hackathon crowd

Lessons from the Valley

In January, co-founders Louay Kadri and Walid Singer of Lebanese online crowd ticketing platform Presella went to Silicon Valley as the first batch of startups that took part in the Progress In Technology Middle East (PITME)’s month-long acceleration program. The PITME program organizes a jam-packed schedule for entrepreneurs to meet with mentors in Silicon Valley

Mental health issues in Lebanon are a major concern

Mind over matter

One in four people in Lebanon suffer from at least one mental health issue in their lifetime. This figure was among the findings of the latest comprehensive scientific study, by doctors Elie Karam et al, published in 2006 by the scientific journal Lancet. It places mental disorders among the most common health problems in Lebanon.

Dubai's Real Estate is a kaleidoscope of change

Dubai’s housing market – avoiding another bubble

The Dubai property market has experienced a rollercoaster ride in the last six years. After growth skyrocketed in 2006, Dubai became the envy of the world as the likes of David Beckham and Hollywood stars invested heavily in high-end luxury projects with prices comparable to New York and London. The housing market reached its peak

Motor Insurance in Lebanon is growing

Motor insurance sector faces roadblocks

One would have expected insurance companies to jump for joy when the parliament passed the 2012 Traffic Law, extending the current third party liability (TPL) for bodily injury to also cover material damage. This would undoubtedly give insurance companies the chance to increase their market in compulsory motor insurance. At Q4 2013, turnover for motor

Clemenceau Medical Center is among Lebanon's most famous

Cutting edge healthcare in Lebanon

Not every hospital has a valet service, a five-star hotel feel and state-of-the-art technology. To continue attracting local and regional patients through its lobby — with a large piano in the center — and into the care of its physicians, Beirut-based Clemenceau Medical Center (CMC) has been upgrading its services despite the challenging economic environment.


Healthcare technology: A Lebanese success story

Lebanon’s economy and its healthcare sector may be struggling with a crisis, but private diagnostic centers and laboratories are doing just fine.  Facilitated by the fact that there is no legal limit to their number per population density, and relative ease with which they can apply for a license, these centers have multiplied in recent

Baalbeck Festival is to return to the Bekaa

Baalbeck Festival ‘to return home’

The last couple of years have been tough for Lebanese tourism, and one of the areas hardest hit is certainly Baalbeck. The town, home to the most famous and stunning Roman ruins in the country, is located just a few kilometers from the Syrian border. As the Bekaa Valley region has become increasingly lawless and

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From Beirut to Shenzhen

“We were really amazed by how fast things can move,” says co-founder of Band Industries Hassane Slaibi. Their first product, Roadie Tuner, a device that tunes guitars automatically by placing it on the guitar pegs, is due for distribution in June. After having gone through an acceleration program in Shenzhen, China, at hardware startup accelerator Haxlr8r, the

Elie Nasnas is general manager of AXA Middle East

‘The insurance industry needs more women’

Elie Nasnas is the general manager of AXA Middle East, a Beirut-based insurer affiliated with the leading global insurance brand, AXA. He is also the newest member of the invitation-only MENA Insurance CEO Club, a regional club which is a voice of advocacy on behalf of the insurance industry in the Middle East and North