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Q&A: Elie Nakhal

Q&A: Elie Nakhal

Reading Time: 6 minutes E: How many non-Arab tourists are coming to Lebanon? Lebanon has passed through several stages with respect to non-Arab tourists. We had a period of unfortunate events from 1975 to 1990. After that, we tried hard to get non-Arab tourists to come here. Our efforts were not always successful, despite the fact that we invited

Visitors to Lebanon, what do they want?

Reading Time: 8 minutes Lebanon’s inbound tourism in 2004 kept or exceeded virtually every promise and expectation. After ten months of the year, the ministry of tourism could announce that over 1.12 million visitors had arrived in the country, reaffirming mid-year expectations that this would be the best figures in 30 years and a stepping stone towards future growth.

Insurance Voices – Taking the pulse

Reading Time: 5 minutes Walid Genadry: Head of the ministry of economy & trade’s Insurance Control Commission (ICC) E: The supervision of sector companies and implementation of a fair regulatory framework are crucial for the sector and for your mandate as head of the ICC. What are your expectations as far as further improving sector compliance with supervisory requirements

Q&A: Fateh Bekdache

Reading Time: 6 minutes E: Is insurance awareness growing in Lebanon? Definitely; for several reasons. The first boost was the introduction of compulsory insurance for expatriates working in Lebanon. Before, there had been many stories about foreign workers having problems. The introduction of this insurance requirement helped not only the ministry and eliminated problems with embassies, but it also

Insurers reassured by more visibility

Reading Time: 7 minutes For the Lebanese insurance industry, 2004 was a year of measured improvement accentuated by several highpoints. Visibility and transparency, regional interaction and regional opportunities, the legislative framework, and a healthier solution for social security constituted the portfolio of notable developments or prospects for the nation’s insurance companies. These matters of domestic importance were embedded in

Battle of the Titans ends in merger

Reading Time: 9 minutes This year, more than four million cinema tickets will be sold in Lebanon, despite the offer of a cheaper alternative by hundreds of cable TV and DVD pirates. The ABC mall cinema in Achrafieh has finally thrown open its doors – after months of delay. A 12-screen multiplex north of Beirut, reportedly the Middle East’s

Down but not out

Reading Time: 7 minutes There was a time, in the late 90s, when Lebanese basketball could do no wrong. Lebanese teams – brimming with home-grown talent and the odd high-profile import – beat everyone in sight, games were shown on prime-time TV and crowds of enthusiastic fans blocked streets for hours, celebrating victory after victory. Lebanon appeared to have

Sex and the city, Beirut style

Reading Time: 7 minutes This year, record numbers of Gulf Arabs came to Lebanon. They came for our cooler temperatures, terraced cafés, chic shopping, beaches, and late nights. They came to turn heads with flashy cars with tinted windows, shiny credit cards and designer clothes. They came to drink openly (or discreetly) in bars, clubs, restaurants, and cabarets. And

Smoking out the competition

Reading Time: 7 minutes Lebanon’s days as a liberal haven for tobacco advertising may be numbered, in light of a petition signed by 10 MPs that urges the parliamentary health committee to outlaw all forms – above- and below-the-line – of tobacco advertising. However, established industry giants – such as Philip Morris, British American Tobacco and Japan Tobacco International,

Convergence interrupted

Reading Time: 6 minutes 2004 is already shaping up to be the year that “converged networking” (CN) – the merging of voice, data and video communications into one seamless system – truly came of age. Although the concept is not particularly new, it can now be said, with confidence, that the technical problems surrounding CN have finally been solved