Author Archives: Nabila Rahhal

Beirut a fashion capital

Beirut a fashion capital

“It’s an exciting time to launch a fashion design program in Lebanon because of what is happening in design. Whether it’s Mar Mikhael’s little boutiques, or the designers who are just starting out with unpredictable, yet exciting futures ahead of them, or the young Lebanese designers whose names are shining abroad, there’s an energy and

The power of tourism

Prior to 2012, it was a common sight to see wealthy tourists — mainly from the Gulf — and even some Lebanese shopping in Beirut’s luxury brand stores that dot the expansive streets of Downtown Beirut and the high-end sections of Lebanon’s malls. During the past five years however footfall in many of these international

Lebanon is getting its tourism groove back

The holy month of Ramadan is traditionally a slow one for tourism in the Arab region, and the hot streets of Beirut have been somewhat subdued this June. But among those in the hospitality sector, the sense of expectation and excitement for a busy July and August is so palpable one can almost taste it.

When restaurants and tech meet

Digital transactions ­— via websites or mobile applications — have become commonplace in everyday life. From shopping to booking a vacation, most tasks can be accomplished with just a few steps through an app — at least in more developed countries. In Lebanon, those wishing to outsource such interactions to apps have fewer options, though

And the livin’ is easy

As the weather heats up, the Lebanese people have turned their eyes to the upcoming summer season, earnestly planning their next grand escape. Whether potential travelers take matters in their own hands and book through an international or local online travel agency, or whether they consult with one of the many travel businesses in Lebanon,

Of burgers and pizzas

It all started in 2010 with a small shop flipping burgers in a mainly residential area of Achrafieh facing Sodeco Square. Seven years later, Ministry of Food – the hospitality management company that owns the restaurant brands Classic Burger Joint (CBJ) and Tomatomatic – boasts a total of 30 CBJs and five Tomatomatics (with a

When snacking becomes healthy

Whether it is quinoa chips or chia seed cookies, snack food products, once dismissed as pure junk, have taken a turn toward the healthy and natural, and it seems the world’s consumers couldn’t be happier. Globally, consumers are increasingly aware of the importance of a good diet on their health, according to Reema Mansour, founder

A grand hotel plots a new course

The Phoenicia Hotel is one of Lebanon’s most renowned five star hotels. Built in 1961, it catered to the era’s most glamorous crowd, with Omar Sharif and Brigitte Bardot among its famous guests. After being destroyed during Lebanon’s civil war, it reopened in March of the year 2000,  and has managed to survive the various

Of spirits and whiskies

Whether it’s a vodka cocktail while dancing at a club, a glass of wine over dinner, a single malt paired with a cigar after a long day, or even arak to go with the Sunday mezze spread, alcohol is often a significant aspect of the lives and habits of many Lebanese. And while every individual

The power of a snowflake

Someone must have been smiling down at Lebanon this past December. For the first time in at least five years, it snowed early enough in the year that the Cedars Ski Resort –  home to Lebanon’s highest accessible peak at an altitude of 2,870m – began welcoming skiers on December 4 with the country’s remaining

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