Author Archives: Nabila Rahhal

A Beirut spring

A Beirut spring

The telltale signs that herald spring in Lebanon are already in full swing: the longer days, the blossoming streetside flowers and trees, and the mounds of janarek (sour plums), freize (strawberries), and akidinya (loquats) at roadside fruit stalls have all made their early appearance this year. This is in addition to the most indicative—and sad—sign

Say (goat) cheese

Goat dairy production has a long history in our part of the world. Archaeological evidence suggests that goats were the first dairy animals to be domesticated, sometime between 9,000 and 8,000 BC in what is today Iraq and Iran. Goat milk was also mentioned in the Bible, with the prophet Abraham owning herds of goats,

A community effort

Executive sat down with the country’s first-ever minister of state for women’s affairs, Jean Oghassabian. The ministry was launched one year ago with a mandate to empower and protect women and promote and develop gender equality in Lebanon. E   This is the first term for you as minister of women’s affairs and, in fact,

Moving into a new world of parliamentary participation

At the end of February 2018, German women did it again. Chancellor Angela Merkel—supposedly the most powerful woman in the world, if one believes Forbes—won her Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party’s election overwhelmingly to form a coalition government with the Social Democratic Party (SDP), which had been hotly debated at the party and national level

Cheers for the beers

Compared to the ancient history of beer in the Middle East, Lebanon’s small craft breweries are extremely new on the scene. The earliest evidence of beer brewing was found in Mesopotamia some 6,000 years ago, while the world’s oldest brewery, which was located in Egypt, dates to around 3400 BC. Beer eventually made it to

In high spirits

Behind that flute of prosecco or gin-based cocktail enjoyed at a bar after a long day—or even the single malt whisky or bottle of wine recommended by a premium specialty liquor boutique—there is an intricate distribution chain. Executive sat down with Lebanon’s major spirit importers and brand owners to discuss the Lebanese drinks of choice

Black clouds in the retail sky

Executive sat with Nicolas Chammas, chairman of the Beirut Traders’ Association, to discuss the retail sector’s performance in 2017, in light of continuous market stagnation in Lebanon. E   As of mid-November, how has 2017 been for the trade sector in Lebanon? This year has, unfortunately, been another bad year. The decline in the commercial

The long journey of a large retailer

Local markets have proven remarkably resilient when it comes to resisting the dominance of large retailers that offer fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) in hypermarkets and supermarkets—those behemoths of daily shopping that you enter with an empty shopping cart the size of a compact car and leave with said cart overflowing. One operator of mega-sized retail

Highs and lows

This year, consumers were bombarded with text messages announcing all the latest store sales and irresistible promotions. Those able to ignore the messages could not have failed to notice the multiple number of shopfront displays with massive red sale signs. Despite all this, most shops remained relatively empty. On the whole, it was yet another

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