Author Archives: Joe Dyke

Still shipping

Still shipping

Reading Time: 4 minutes In the list of Lebanese businesses, the name sticks out — Henry Heald and Co sounds incongruous. In many ways it is, yet it is believed to be the country’s oldest company. Henry Heald and Company steamboat and shipping experts was registered in 1837, more than 100 years before the country gained independence. All of

A rush to power

Reading Time: 7 minutes If the many announcements coming out of the energy ministry last month translate into reality then the country’s electricity sector is on the verge of major change. In a few short days the government announced the start date for the increasing of the country’s energy capacity, the winners of a number of crucial contracts and

Culling the small fish

Reading Time: 5 minutes As you walk into Hissam Exchange in Hamra the first thing you see is the frame on the wall. Encased behind the glass is a certificate declaring that the business is permitted to trade currencies by the Lebanese government. The family company has been operating in Beirut for nearly a decade, but the room is