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The cafe by the sea

The cafe by the sea

Executive profiled a collection of beloved Beirut venues which have been in operation for more than 35 years and evoke strong feelings of nostalgia among the city’s residents. The aim was to discover more about their history and learn the secrets of their success, nostalgia aside.   The first documented picture of Cafe Rawda is

Marketing nostalgia

On Sunday September 28, Bliss Street was transformed into a pedestrian only zone for the day as people celebrated Hamra’s golden days of the 1960s and 1970s in an event called “Flashback Beirut.” In 2012, the book “Pure Nostalgia” by Imad Khozem was published. It is described by the author as “Lebanon’s record of the

Kings of the road

Car dealers are trying to keep upbeat. Weaker consumer purchasing power, and the overall economic malaise in the country are making it hard to do so, even if on paper it looks as if there is still growth in the sector due to consistently solid sales volumes. According to the Automobile Importers Association (AIA), the number

Running on empty

Executive met with Antoine Boukather, the recently appointed president of the Automobile Importers Association of Lebanon, to discuss the sector, the new regulations on loans, and regulatory issues in the transport sector.   It has been another difficult year for the sector, despite marginal growth. Yes, the figures are the same, but they don’t reflect

The road to more traffic

Road transportation in Lebanon is getting steadily worse. Traffic is congested, law enforcement is sporadic, half of the country’s cars skip the annual inspection, and public transport is almost nonexistent. The good news should be that a new traffic law has been passed by Parliament, 20 vehicles to be equipped with speed radar have been

Beyond the lira

This company is part of Executive’s Top 20 in science and technology. Read more stories of our special report on entrepreneurship in Lebanon, as they’re published here.   Yellow Distributed Technologies   Industry: ICT, financial services Project/product: Yellow Bitcoin payment processor Year of incorporation: 2014 Product launch: 2014 Employees: One Board of directors: Yes, four

Focusing on the foundation

This article is part of an Executive special report on entrepreneurship. Read more stories as they’re published here, or pick up November’s issue at newsstands in Lebanon.   When I was asked to write an article for Lebanese readers about developing tech hubs and how to look at regional specifics, at first I wondered if

Solar energy and beyond

This company is part of Executive’s Top 20 in science and technology. Read more stories of our special report on entrepreneurship in Lebanon, as they’re published here.   Yelloblue   Industry: Alternative energy Year of incorporation: 2012 Employees: 14 Board of directors: No Founder: Antoine Kaldany   Though alternative energy is emerging thanks to resourceful

No more wasted fuel

This company is part of Executive’s Top 20 in science and technology. Read more stories of our special report on entrepreneurship in Lebanon, as they’re published here.   Water System HHO Industry: Energy efficiency Year of incorporation: 2000 Project launch: 2008 Employees: None Board of directors: No Founder: Fadi Moghrabi   Entrepreneurs are often commended

Entrepreneurship and education

This company is part of Executive’s Top 20 in science and technology. Read more stories of our special report on entrepreneurship in Lebanon, as they’re published here.   White Mountain Technologies   Industry: Information Technology and software for education providers Product: Skoolee school management and student information system Year of establishment: 2007 Shareholders: Five shareholders,

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