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Zaha Hadid Architects’ AUB Issam Fares Institute Among The 9 Best New University Buildings Around The World

The Issam Fares Institute For Public Policy and International Affairs was listed among the 9 best new university buildings around the world. The building was created by Zaha Hadid Architects and serves as an international think-tank for Middle Eastern affairs.
I’ve tried hard to look at the building from different perspectives but I still find it ugly. I’ve posted more pictures below and you can check out other university buildings [Here].

The New Golf R: Can’t Block This.

A witty ad by Volkswagen Lebanon poking fun at the latest websites ban.
Jokes aside, Hayde Siyara!
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ASUS Quoting Gebran Khalil Gebran To Promote The ZenWatch

ASUS used one of Gebran Khalil Gebran’s quotes while promoting their new ZenWatch on twitter a week ago. The watch was one of the highlights at #IFA2014 in Berlin.
Here’s the full quote:
“Time has been transformed, and we have changed; it has advanced and set us in motion; it has unveiled its face, inspiring us with bewilderment and exhilaration.” ―Khalil Gibran
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What to do this Busy Weekend

Well, we have two major events happening this weekend: the first is the Wickerpark Music Festival! The second, is Fur Coat at The Garten! Oh, and the Shtrumpf 22nd Beer Festival also kicks off this Thursday!
Schtrumpf Beer Festival Sept 4-14

Everything You Need to Know About Sports and Politics in Lebanon by Rayane Mousallem

Spots in Lebanon, especially basketball and football, are highly politicized. We all know deep down “El 7ekme 2ouwet”, “Champville Aouniyeh”, “Riyadeh Mustaqbal lal Hariri”, “Amchit lal Ra2ees”, etc.
The problem is, the level those sports reached, especially Basketball, was impressive. Lebanon’s national basketball team and clubs have performed brilliantly on many international occasions in the past decade or so.
Sadly, politics ruined it last year, and made FIBA boot Lebanon out, crushing the dreams of the players and fans, because Michel Aoun and Michel Sleiman were bickering like stupid children, and the players and fans played along…

AUB’s IFI Among Business Insider’s “9 Best New University Buildings”


Zaha Hadid’s design of the brand new Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs has had mixed reviews here in Beirut. Many students saw it as an eyesore in the upper-campus part that includes the iconic Bliss and Fisk Hall. But, it grew on me. I like it, I think the contrast between the other four buildings around the Green Oval is nice. And, from this angle, it looks pretty awesome. I haven’t been inside yet, but I plan on doing that next time I visit AUB.

Review: BEYt Guesthouse

Two weeks ago while in Lebanon I stayed at a guesthouse called BEYt. They’ve been open for nearly a year now and I found out about the place by chance on my last trip there while visiting a small bookshop (Play BEY which belongs to them) and overhearing the owner talk about it. The guesthouse was located on top of the bookshop on the main Mar Mikhael street and when I got a tour of the place I knew I would be staying there on my next trip, which is what I ended up doing.

FAIL: Muffins Anyone?

Spotted in Verdun.
Thanks Marwan!

Bugatti Veyron Ran Out Of Gas In Down Town Beirut

via WhatsupLebanon
I don’t know if it broke down or ran out of gas, but that’s not a sight you see every day.
via LebaneseCars

GCR: Lebanon Among Best in Education, Absolute Last in Trust in Politicians + More Numbers


So, the World Economic Forum published its Global Competitiveness Report, and Lebanon got some interesting number I’ll highlight here:

The Top-Ten Single-Digit Numbers of All Time

Even before it was published, this post has been described as 'the ultimate listicle', 'the defining new media article' and 'silly but accurate' by major news organisations and well-known pundits. The buzz surrounding the anticipated publication of the post created waves of excitement on social media and other similar clichés usually used by SM types. So what's the fuss about?

Lebanon: No Longer My Happily Ever After Story by Mama Rowana


Our leaders, Mafioso’s and “governments”all deserve to be put in the thinking corner! They need to publicly acknowledge what they have done with Lebanon for the past few decades was and still is wrong. It is what we would expect children as young as 3 to do. You’d think if a child can acknowledge mistakes and apologize then why can’t our self proclaimed “leaders”do the same? If only it were that simple.

FAIL: Who Wants A Crap Salad?

Thanks Rana!

Doing the #ALSIceBucketChallenge For Centuries

We have been doing the Ice Bucket challenge ever since “Kebbe Naye” was invented… The Ice Bucket Challenge, sometimes called the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, is an activity involving dumping a bucket of ice water on someone’s head to promote awareness of the disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and encourage donations to research. It went viral on social media during July–August 2014. In the US, »more...

Mercedes Benz Publishes 48 Hours in Beirut


Hannes Thornhammar dropped by Beirut recently, and wrote up a piece on Mercedes-Benz’s mb! website.
Here’s the intro and final thoughts from the piece you find here.

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