Author Archives: Nabila Rahhal

Fewer people to play for

Fewer people to play for

Reading Time: 4 minutes Every summer, people flock to the towns and remote areas of Lebanon for the festivals. Local residents anticipate those events for the publicity they bring to the area and for the obvious economic benefits to the restaurants and hotels there. This year, however, was not like the last. Ehdeniyat International Festival, Ehden’s annual summer festival,

An expensive looking tan…

Reading Time: 3 minutes Summer has hit Beirut and the temperatures are sizzling, as are the prices of entry to the various resorts along our coastline. The country’s most exclusive resorts have always been overpriced compared to neighboring countries, but over the past few years it seems the cost of most seaside retreats has become well out of reach

Staying on top

Reading Time: 4 minutes Beirut’s perennial claim to be the capital of art in the Arab world is facing competition. Qatar’s ‘Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art’, the Saadiyat Cultural District in Abu Dhabi planning for the inaugurations for local branches of the Louvre and Guggenheim in 2015 and 2017, respectively, and the art fairs of Abu Dhabi and

Elite exhibition

Reading Time: 3 minutes The American University of Beirut (AUB) recently acquired a major, never-exhibited-before collection of work by the artist Khalil Saleeby (1870-1928), who is considered the father of modern art in Lebanon. This collection was donated to AUB by Dr. Sameer Saleeby, 87, a distant relative of the artist, who had acquired part of it from his

Like your grandmother used to cook

Reading Time: 2 minutes Enab got its name from the vine that connects all the grapes together,” says co-owner Hasan Rahal. “We wanted a name that reflects the idea of the Lebanese family life.” This concept comes across well in the decor and the general ambiance of the venue. While the idea seems somewhat déjà vu — yet another

Beirut’s secret garden

Reading Time: 4 minutes Many older residents of Lebanon’s capital have fond memories of the Horsh Beirut, of childhood games and family picnics in one of the city’s most beautiful parks. The current generation has no such memories. While the Horsh Beirut, also known as Horsh el Snawbar or Horsh El Eid, accounts for some 77 percent of the

Drunk on Success

Reading Time: 7 minutes "Take me, bring me to Hamra Street, tonight the party’s in Hamra Street,” sang Lebanese Jazz pioneer Khaled el-Habber in years past, and yet nowadays, the tune somehow rings true again. In the past three years, some dozen new restaurants and cafes have opened on Hamra Street and 32 new bars have opened on the