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Home technology with style

If you dream of a fully automated home environment where you can set the right mood via voice command, Legrand’s new concept store in Beirut’s Ashrafieh region might be a good place to start. Globally, Legrand provides solutions designed to manage lighting, heating, energy, networks and building access through products ranging from control and command

Lebanese chefs displaying their dishes

Horeca 2014: The best of Lebanese hospitality

The halls and parking lots of Beirut’s BIEL exhibition center were buzzing with activity from April 1-4 as professionals in the hospitality and food and beverage sectors networked with the latest and greatest in their field.     The 21st edition of Horeca, the annual hospitality and food and beverage services trade show organized by

Mario e Mario – Beirut’s freshest Italian restaurant

Mario e Mario, the latest Italian restaurant to hit Beirut, opened during the first week of February 2014. Yet it is not what most Lebanese are used to, as it offers delights of Italian cuisine beyond penne arabiatta and spaghetti bolognese. The restaurant is Mario Haddad Junior’s, the man behind such enduring concepts as Sushi

Three issues with Lebanon’s new domestic violence law

The Lebanese parliament passed a draft law on Tuesday on the Protection of Women and Family Members Against Domestic Violence Abuse. This would appear on the surface as a victory for the civil society organizations that advocated and pushed for this law. Yet despite this, members of KAFA, the organization that wrote the draft law,

Mar Mikhael: Still peaking or overheating?

Toward the end of the year 2010, something strange began happening in the Mar Mikhael neighbourhood. Usually visited when a car was in need of repairs or as an escape from the highway traffic, it saw design bookshops, art spaces and trendy fashion boutiques popping up in its little alleys. They were followed by a couple

In photos: The forgotten poor

Around a third of Lebanon’s population lives in poverty, in a society where lavish opulence and desperate hardship are often only meters apart. Those in need are consistently neglected by the state. Whether it be working families struggling to pay the rent for their crumbling homes, the destitute living on the streets, or the elderly

O1NE's graffiti façade

O1NE Beirut: Sky high and bass down low

After almost ten years’ absence, Sky Management, the team behind SKYBAR— Beirut’s first and most iconic rooftop nightclub — has come back with a blast, bringing O1NE to posh Beirut partiers in December of last year. Admitting a rotation of around 2,500 clubbers every Friday and Saturday night and fully booked — with a long

Rana Salam – Lebanon’s mistress of Pop Art

Rana Salam’s studio is a maze of colors, a veritable smorgasbord of Middle Eastern trinkets, icons, logos and visuals, ranging from old movie posters to funky packaging that bursts with creativity. In her shop on Abdel Wahab al-Inglizi, Abdel Nasser’s profile features on a retro tabletop and Um Kulthum adorns button pins. What Campbell’s tomato

Green shoots

Organic shelves and refrigerators filled with (fresh) organic products can be found in most Lebanese supermarkets these days. A few years ago, these products would have been hard, if not impossible, to source. Nour Farra-Haddad lists 23 companies and food stores under “bio and organic products” in “Eco-Lebanon Nature & Rural Tourism: A Guide to