Cranes over Beirut

An interactive panorama of development sites across the city

At any given time, Beirut’s skyline is a kaleidoscope of chaos. While the economy may be struggling, in the city center luxury developments rise up with mesmeric frequency. In a country where long-term urban planning is woefully lacking, dozens of skyscrapers emerge every year — towering over the city’s ancient buildings.

We decided to capture the madness. First our photographer went to the Biel waterfront area of the city to take the image. Then we set about documenting each development — visiting each site to get details.

Click here to see the full image.

Sam Tarling was Executive's photographer from 2010 until January 2014. During that period he covered conflicts across the Middle East.

Benjamin Redd

Ben is a Beirut based investigative journalist. He served as Executive's resident data geek from 2013 to 2014, and as managing editor from 2014 to 2015.

Joe Dyke

Joe has extensive experience covering the Syrian crisis, oil and gas, and Lebanese government and regulatory authorities, among other topics. He was Executive's online editor from 2012 to 2014, and led the Economics & Policy section from 2013 to 2014.

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