Author Archives: Tiziana Cauli

The Erbil Rotana Hotel was inaugurated in 2011

Building luxury in Erbil

Building luxury in Erbil

When in September last year Erbil was hit by a series of terrorist attacks, fears over political instability in the Kurdish capital, among Iraq’s safest regions, might have scared foreign investors away from the city’s booming real estate market. Fortunately this did not happen, and Lebanese investors, accustomed to a little instability in the Middle East,

Silvio Berlusconi

The Sicily of the Middle East

Yet another arrest of an Italian politician involves Lebanon. Last week, Italian authorities arrested former minister Claudio Scajola on charges of helping Sicilian MP Amedeo Matacena escape to the Middle East after he was convicted for aiding the mafia. Matacena, also a member of former premier Silvio Berlusconi’s political party, is now free after being

Lebanese real estate projects will compete to win REAL awards in different categories.

Competing constructions

In mid-June this year, some of Lebanon’s newest real estate projects will be judged by a pool of experts in the sector, including architects, academics, consultants and entrepreneurs. While transparency is not among the main qualities of Lebanon’s property market, judges in the Real Estate Awards Lebanon, launched for the first time by the Real

Could online real estate take off in Lebanon?

Properties a click away

Lebanon’s real estate market is not the most transparent for property buyers. But expats and foreigners looking to buy or rent assets in the country can turn to the internet to at least get an initial idea of what to expect and where to buy. Although almost all of Lebanon’s competitive real estate agents accept

Mind over matter

One in four people in Lebanon suffer from at least one mental health issue in their lifetime. This figure was among the findings of the latest comprehensive scientific study, by doctors Elie Karam et al, published in 2006 by the scientific journal Lancet. It places mental disorders among the most common health problems in Lebanon.

Healthcare technology: A Lebanese success story

Lebanon’s economy and its healthcare sector may be struggling with a crisis, but private diagnostic centers and laboratories are doing just fine.  Facilitated by the fact that there is no legal limit to their number per population density, and relative ease with which they can apply for a license, these centers have multiplied in recent

Marcello Dell'Utri was arrested in Beirut on Saturday

The curious case of Marcello Dell’Utri

When an international arrest warrant was issued for Marcello Dell’Utri on Thursday, he could have been forgiven for not being too worried. The Italian politician – who for the past four decades has allegedly been the link between former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and the Sicilian mafia – had already arrived in Lebanon, a country

Disabled access: Building for all

Roula Helou was four when a car accident made her paraplegic, forcing her into a wheelchair. Back then it looked as if she would have little chance of accessing the same opportunities as other children without physical disabilities, but 33 years on, she is the popular presenter of Ma Mnekhtelif (We Don’t Disagree), a TV

Seeding for green communities

When Gilbert Tegho launched his green building consultancy business e-EcoSolutions in Canada just over five years ago, awareness of environmental and sustainability issues in Lebanon’s real estate market was nearly nonexistent. As Tegho and his team prepare to host the fifth edition of the “Build It Green Lebanon” conference tomorrow in Beirut, Executive took the