Author Archives: Nabila Rahhal

Wine producers discuss domestic consumption

Wine producers discuss domestic consumption

Sipping on a glass of Lebanese wine has value beyond the drinker’s enjoyment. As Edouard Kosremelli, general manager of Château Kefraya, puts it, drinking Lebanese wine supports the economy since thousands  of people are either directly or indirectly employed by the wine sector. Lebanese wine encompasses three industries (agriculture, industry, and hospitality and tourism), and

Maintaining growth

It was the famous Lebanese poet Gibran Khalil Gibran who said that a nation that does not produce—that does not eat bread from the wheat it harvests or wear the clothes it weaves—is a nation to be pitied. As Cristiano Pasini, representative and director of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) for Lebanon, Jordan,

Venture Group talks expansion of their hospitality cluster model in Lebanon and beyond

Marwan Ayoub and Rabih Saba—and their hospitality company Venture Group, specialized in developing and operating purpose-built restaurant clusters—have covered a lot of ground in the past seven years. Today, their team is playing in the premier league of regional hospitality. Geographically and financially, Venture Group’s cluster business started small. In 2011, Ayoub and Saba began

Lebanon’s five star hotels diversifying markets and offerings

Lebanon has not given its five star hoteliers many reasons to smile over the past seven years. Political tension and instability has kept away the country’s traditional market feeders, GCC nationals, since 2011. Meanwhile, regional political and socioeconomic crises have taken their toll on Lebanese expats in the Gulf and in parts of Africa, generally

Profiling new Lebanese wines

The Lebanese wine industry continues on its growth trajectory, and it seems that every year we hear of new wine labels entering the market. Executive profiles a selection of the newest wine labels to make their mark on  Lebanese palettes, outlining their story and their business strategy. Rather than being the products of proprietary wineries,

Lebanese wineries in 2018

The Lebanese wine industry seems to be flourishing, despite the floundering economy, and has enjoyed a year full of celebrations and achievements—with more yet to come. In the last week of October, as Executive went to print, representatives of Lebanon’s wineries were returning from a series of celebratory events in London that were hosted by

Paula Yacoubian talks development

Six months into her role as a member of Parliament, Paula Yacoubian has been busy doing what she can in a difficult situation, given that a new government has not yet been formed. While admitting that she alone cannot resolve the major issues facing Lebanon today—such as water shortages and power cuts—Yacoubian details how she

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