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World’s Largest Underwater Theme Park Planned in Dubai

A new underwater attraction in Dubai, apparently inspired by Pirates of the Caribbean, aims to attract scuba diving and snorkelling tourists to the emirates. The Pearl of Dubai, set in the shallow waters of The World Islands development off the coast of Dubai, has been modelled after the mythical lost city of Atlantis and inspired »more...

Did Revlon by Marchesa Copy Bassam Fattouh Cosmetics?

They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery but where do we draw the line between inspiration and a downright rip off?

Crazy Lebanese Football Fan

This is hilarious!

Beirut Municipality Finally Names Street After Said Akl

The decision to name Beirut streets after notable Lebanese was taken last year and we finally have a street for Said Akl. Too bad he couldn’t attend the ceremony given his old age (he’s already 103!).

Ta2 el 7anak

Ta2 el 7anak is the only thing that has a meaning these days in Lebanon.

Gilt’s Desserts: Fine Pieces of Art on a Plate

Gilt… Come to think of it I am surprised that I still don’t have a review about it on NGNO. Passing by for lunch or dinner has been difficult, but since I am looking for the best pain perdu in town, I have heard a lot of positive things about the one served at Gilt. »more...

Al Rabita Al Marouniya goes uber patriotic

Al Rabita Al Marouniya (the Maronite league) is organizing its first meeting (it took place on the 5th of July already) and has gone in overdrive patriotic mode - not surprising considering what it is and what it represents.

Hilarious Netherlands football fan from Lebanon

This video was taken when Arjen Robben won a penalty against Mexico. I hope this guy doesn’t get a heart attack by the time the world cup ends!

I just noticed the video has been removed from Facebook. I will share it again once I find it somewhere else.

Holidays Part 2

Playing Backgamnmon in Shatila, an old argileh café at the sea shore

Now I Know Why People are In love with Bread Repulic

Bread Republic, this popular bakery is indeed a place to visit and discover… So here I am on a mission to find the best bread in town, along side the best Pain Perdu… Bread Republic is inevitably one of the places on my list to visit… I was here to check out their bread of »more...

The fall of Slavyansk, a turning point in the war between Kiev and Ukrainian separatists

 Translation of an article published in Le Monde

The translation, with additional contribution and editing, is now published at Gleb Bazov's blog

تحيا المهرجانات فلنسقط “داعش”

…فكيف بالأحرى القرار بإبقاء المواعيد كلّها بعد تفشّي الجراد الأسود، وانتشار رسل الموت الأعمى؟ إنّه حسم مسبق للمواجهة بين الحضارة والبربريّة، بين صورة المجتمع المنفتح المتعدد الهادئ العقلاني الذي يتذوّق الإبداع ويقدّر الجمال، وبين الانحطاط بأبشع صوره نتيجة القهر والانغلاق والديكتاتوريّة والاستلاب الحضاري. المجتمع مطالب اليوم بخوض المعركة في مواجهة الظلاميّة، وإحدى الجولات الحاسمة في هذه المواجهة ضد التتار تدور في البترون وجونية والزوق وإهدن وأسواق بيروت والأشرفيّة، فضلاً عن بعلبك وبيبلوس وبيت الدين. علينا جميعاً أن نرتاد هذه المهرجانات، ليس فقط من أجل المتعة الفنية والثقافيّة، بل كمن يذهب إلى صناديق الاقتراع. لندعم الثقافة بوجه الانحطاط. تحيا المهرجانات، تسقط «داعش»!
via تسقط «داعش» | الأخبار.

Pele: The pen is mightier than the 6 inch

No one can accuse Pele of elitism, you can see his face on the Montegrappa Pen (just rollerball pen retails at 4,770 USD at Harrod's), and also associated with Subway which - let's put it this way, one Montegrappa pen can buy you a lot of meals

New ‘Happiness Blanket’ On Board British Airways

Well this is…innovative. British Airways has come up with a unique way to judge the satisfaction of its customers — the “happiness blanket.” It’s not just any blanket, of course, as its designed to determine the “meditative state” of premium cabin flyers, Bloomberg Businessweek reports. The blanket works by using neuro-sensors to asses levels of »more...

Le Pain Perdu du Balthazar

This is not a restaurant review since I came into Balthazar just for the Pain Perdu. It was 09:20am on a calm Wednesday in Beirut when we arrived to Beirut Souks, which felt like a haunted city since it was a parliament meeting day and all roads blocked. But this didn’t stop me from continuing »more...

Special Ramadan Treats: Star and Crescent-shaped Donuts at Dunkin’ Donuts

Dunkin’ Donuts are serving up specially designed star and crescent-shaped donuts, to mark the holy month of Ramadan. These special donuts are available across all Dunkin’ Donuts outlets in the UAE. “The holy month of Ramadan is a special time for all of us here in the Middle East. With our long history of being »more...

Off To Ayia Napa

I am currently in Cyprus and should be back on Sunday night. One of my closest friends is getting married next week so we’ve decided to go to Aiya Napa to celebrate his last single days in style. I’ll be online all the time but won’t be writing any posts before Sunday night or even Monday.
Until then, I’ll be posting pictures on my Instagram so add me if you aren’t already following me. [LeNajib]

حُب Love

(حبر على ورق ink on paper)

Samed to Palestine: " Why should I love again when I have your love? "

النص من أغنية "أنساك" لأم كلثومكلمات مأمون الشناوي

Amal in the tabloids

Lebanon always makes headlines for the wrong reasons. But thanks to one 36-year-old lawyer, we finally graduated to the supermarket checkout lane. 

No Tourists Yet Electricity And Water Shortages During Summer In Lebanon

At the beginning of every summer in Lebanon, we are warned of water shortage and more electricity cuts. However things are looking much worse this year specially that we have over 1 million Syrian Refugees in Lebanon now. According to MP Qabbani, the situation is expected “to worsen in August and to hit bottom rock in September and October.”

Videos Of The Jounieh International Festival 2014 Fireworks

Here’s another video shot from the sea:
And here’s one from another angle:

Imperial IRS - How Fatca forces Lebanon to disregard its own laws

This week the United States began implementing the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, or Fatca. The legislation will be applied worldwide, but in many countries it has raised legal issues since Fatca can violate domestic legislation. Lebanon, whose banks have readily embraced Fatca, is one such place.

Byblos 3D Mapping

I don’t know how I’ve missed that last year. Pretty cool 3D Mapping!

Ahmad Kaabour – Tnein Tnein

I loved this clip by Future TV! It’s been a while since they last produced a video of this caliber. It reminded me of the jingles they used to make in the ’90s.

The Caliph and His Psychiatrist, Exclusive Transcript

In an unrivalled scoop we have managed to obtain a transcript of a conversation between Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and his psychiatrist that reveals a hidden and complex side of the jihadi leader who recently declared himself Caliph. The leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria who now goes by the name of Caliph Ibrahim reveals his anxieties about the establishment of the caliphate and the toll the pressure is taking on him. For security reasons our sources shall remain unnamed.

Lebanese Man Sentenced To 9 Months In Prison For Beating And Torturing His Wife

Tamara Harisi and her baby daughter
He should be jailed for 9 years not just 9 months but it’s better than nothing. However, I wonder who will protect the wife once the guy is freed from prison because even if she divorces him, he might still go after her. After all, he didn’t just beat her but he even tried to set her on fire but his lighter didn’t work fortunately.
Here’s what Tamara had to say [Video].

No More Free Night Traffic For Ogero DSL Users

According to this article, free night traffic is no longer be available for Ogero DSL internet users and will be replaced by a 2Mbps unlimited plan for 75,000LL (50$).

The Facebook experiment and the 300 Dollars an hour.

Facebook from the Tanaklogia by Tarek Chemaly

In case you have not heard, Facebook is under fire for "a vast experiment in which it manipulated information posted on 689,000 users' home pages and found it could make people feel more positive or negative through a process of "emotional contagion"." The sutdy was done in conjunction with academics from Cornell and the University of California.

Watching the Aoun movie while we wait

You have to hand it to Michel Aoun. He can say whatever he wants, no matter how foolish or contradictory, and still retain the backing of a substantial number of Christians.

Take Aoun’s latest proposal for a presidential election. The general called earlier this week for the president to be elected in two rounds of popular voting. In the first, Christians alone would vote. Then the top two candidates would go on to a second round, where all Lebanese – Christians, Muslims and others – would choose a president.

Tripoli Cafe Open During Fasting Hours Hit By Grenade

It is not clear whether the cafe was attacked because it was open during fasting hours, but that memo that was approved by Tripoli’s mayor has indirectly contributed to this incident. Having said that, the least Tripoli’s mayor should do is arrest those who threw that grenade the soonest and threaten those who attack cafes of punishment.

Security Guards and Valet Parking

In Lebanon, I’d say half of the population parks the cars of the other half. And when they are not parking cars, valet youngsters roam around the streets with scooter bikes reserving spots for potential customers.
You also have another sizable portion, serving as security guards for residential areas, political figures, and other “big projects”. Say, Saifi village, or very recently now the Sanayeh gardens. Imagine! Who would have thought that a garden needs a security guard? But in Lebanon all gardens (and there are maybe 3 in total with a maximum of 5 trees in them) have security guards.