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December 2017

by Executive Editors


From Pax Ottomana to Pax Persica, and everything bloody in between


Where do we go now?

Lebanese economy heads into 2018 on uncertain footing

Political maneuvering

Talking reform with Sami Atallah of LCPS

Fiscal performance and the debt outlook

Lebanon needs growth oriented policies

In need of new energy

Another year of power cuts

The saga of Lebanon’s first licensing round

Is there an end in sight?

Lebanon’s mismanagement strikes again

Water crisis made worse

Lebanon’s waste: another ongoing saga

The battle for space, time, and money

Missed connections

Lebanon promises 21st century internet speed

At long last …

A guide to the new election law

Visualizing the voting process


A new hope

Small wins create momentum


Five cheers for stability

The banking sector saw limited growth in 2017

From foggy to cloudy

Banking development opportunities for 2018 suffer from opacity and uncertainties

The financial positioning and performance of alpha banks in 2017

An analysis

Corporate governance

Increasing female participation at the top will benefit all


A long time since the boom

Real estate sector lowers prices to entice buyers

You can build it, but will they come?

Beirut Central District lies empty


Improving on tradition

Lebanese agro-industry sector is in need of modernization

Of reds, whites, and rosé

Lebanese wines are being recognized increasingly

Food for thought

Potentials of the Lebanese agro-industry subsector

TAQA is a living product

Lessons learned from a healthy Lebanese snack


Predictive analytics and TMI syndromes

Hype and reality of big data, AI, and fintech in startups


The comeback year

Beirut’s five-star hotels talk of a mostly positive 2017

A mature market

Lebanon’s F&B operators share challenges and successes

Diversifying Lebanon’s tourism

What Lebanon needs to attract more than just Gulf tourists

More than one way to cluster

Venture Group discusses its business model and future projects

Breaking new grounds

One woman’s journey in F&B


Deeply dancing diversity of culture

One of Lebanon’s broadest asset bases grows further

The future is film

Together for Lebanon’s cinema industry


Highs and lows

A mixed performance

The long journey of a large retailer

Spinneys keeps expanding in Lebanon

Black clouds in the retail sky

Another challenging year for commerce

Behind the times

Luxury watch market stands still


The rock and the magic beanstalk

2017 saw some progress with human rights, but still not enough

Another year of elusive equality

Lebanon lags on gender parity

Expanding understanding of human rights in Lebanon

The state ignores its economic, social, and cultural duties

Hard and getting harder

Syrian refugees face more struggle