Author Archives: Nabila Rahhal

A balancing act

A balancing act

It’s been a mixed year for Lebanon’s retailers and luxury retailers. On the one hand, shoppers were once again bombarded with text messages urging them to hurry up and benefit from the latest discounts and offers, and passing by “70 percent off sale” signs on store windows was an all too common occurrence. Both of

Visiting Lebanon

With Lebanon looking to diversify its tourism market away from tourists from the GCC region, China seems to be an obvious choice. According to the China Tourism Research Institute, 120 million Chinese travelled abroad in 2015 alone, spending approximately $104.5 billion. Although the Chinese embassy in Lebanon was unable to provide us with figures regarding

Light at the end of the tunnel?

It has been a long five years for Lebanon’s hotel industry, marked by an ever-dwindling tourism market. With the election of a president in October 2016, however, that period may soon be over. Just like one would get ready to meet a loved one after a long period apart, Lebanon’s hotel industry is getting ready

Kings of the cluster

Rabih Saba and Marwan Ayoub, the co-founders of Venture Group, certainly have a lot to be proud of. Through leveraging their years of experience in hospitality consultation, the duo developed their first hospitality cluster on Uruguay Street in 2011. Fast forward to 2016 and they have developed two more clusters in Lebanon: The Village Dbayeh

Too many plates on the table?

In a letter to his son’s teacher, Abraham Lincoln wrote that “only the test of fire makes fine steel”. Lebanon’s food and beverage (F&B) operators have been through several tough tests of fire over the past five years, including a decrease in tourism and dwindling local purchasing power. Nevertheless, they have emerged more seasoned and

Grapes of success

Lebanese wine has been filling many a glass both locally and globally as the country’s winemakers continue their efforts to grow their market share and as new boutique wineries are launched. Coming out of the Lebanese Civil War with just eight wineries, the wine industry in Lebanon has grown to over five times that number,

United foods of Lebanon

On a typical Saturday morning at Souk El Tayeb’s farmers’ market, Umm Ali, a woman from a village in south Lebanon, sells her now famous saj sandwiches next to Raed, a farmer from north Lebanon who sells fruits and vegetables grown on his land. Meanwhile, at Tawlet in Mar Mikhael, a restaurant that employs female

When chips meet innovation

The Lebanese potato chips market is dominated by two main local producers. But small scale productions – such as the chips produced by supermarkets Dfouni or Goodies – have always had their loyal consumers who say they prefer the artisanal homemade taste of these chips to the mass produced ones. Recently, two reputable food establishments

The spud kings

Potatoes are a staple of Lebanese cuisine. When boiled, they are often eaten as a remedy for stomach ache. When fried, they serve as a quick and cheap meal as the filling of a sandwich or as an accompaniment to the traditional Sunday barbeque lunch. About 20 years ago, serious contenders in locally produced potato

Of competition and promotion

There are arguably few things more enjoyable than sipping on a good glass of wine after a long day. Selecting a brand of wine for that pleasure is not as simple as it seems though: from the quality to the appearance and the image that a specific wine invokes in your mind as a consumer,

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