01 January 2008

Hayek predicts a real estate boom in Lebanon

Beirut - Michel Hayek made his predictions for 2008 on New TV instead of LBC TV. He predicted the presidential election will take place and this will be followed by a real estate boom in Lebanon.

Hayek said “ hold onto your properties “ !

The Lebanese wait from year to year to hear his predictions . In Lebanon he is known as the "Millennium Nostradamus"

Here is a listing of the predictions :

- The presidential elections will be used as a pretext to put the Lebanese Republic itself at risk. The conspiracy plan is still in the planning stage and it is not too late for the Lebanese to overcome it, Hayek warned

- There won''t be a civil war, only smaller clashes here and there

- The presidential elections will take place despite the latest turmoil.

- The economic and monetary situation in Lebanon will overcome many grand obstacles or crisis with success and Central Bank Governor Riad Salameh will shine further. Hayek sensed a dark image surrounding Salameh and warned him to be careful since his life is in danger.

- Real estate boom to be expected. Hold on to your properties people!

- Numerous important regional and International business and economic summits shall take place in Lebanon.

- Several Lebanese women (about 4) will receive international honorary titles, including TV anchor May Chediac , former Minister Layla Solh Hamadeh and most probably the wife of a former president .

- Lebanon will not be partitioned into confessional cantons.

- Security threats and assassinations will go on, despite a breakthrough in the investigations.

- Skirmishes between Lebanon, Israel and Syria.

- Fireworks will fill the sky of some Lebanese cities celebrating the departure of the head of the Israeli government.

Here are some detailed predictions :

- Shaker El Absi will not remain an obscure matter; He will reappear with a new facet.

- There will be a fight or scuffle in Down Beirut where the opposition sit-in protest is taking place and some tents will be dismantled and removed .

- Despite Michel Suleiman efforts and achievements, he and the Lebanese army, will be the target of a smear campaign to discredit him and damage his reputation and image.

- A wave of disturbances or turmoil will stir the public opinion, and new political alignments will take place.

- Hayek said that he sees a lot of disturbing images for the Lebanese army . Many changes in the ranks will take place . The army will confront terrorist groups as well as civil disobediences . This outbreak of violence will lead to the spreading of military forces throughout the country to enforce security and stability.

- Prime Minister Fouad El Siniora and General Michel Aoun will face a new conspiracy. Despite the darkness of the image Hayek sees a new stand or opinion, a new authority or leadership position and a new direction ..

- To undermine a conspiracy, Hezbollah chief will take a decision that could surprise the public.

- Hezbollah will demand clarifications or an investigation regarding an incident which will target one of its leading members

- Unanticipated gesture by former president Emile Lahoud towards former president Amine Gemayel.

- A controversial billboard could create some problems in a certain area of Lebanon.

- French President Nicolas Sarkozy will face a critical crisis, which will leave a negative effect on him.

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Lebanon Time-Line

Introducing Lebanon

Coolly combining the ancient with the ultramodern, Lebanon is one of the most captivating countries in the Middle East. From the Phoenician findings of Tyre (Sour) and Roman Baalbek's tremendous temple to Beirut's BO18 and Bernard Khoury's modern movement, the span of Lebanon's history leaves many visitors spinning. Tripoli (Trablous) is considered to have the best souk in the country and is famous for its Mamluk architecture. It's well equipped with a taste of modernity as well; Jounieh, formerly a sleepy fishing village, is a town alive with nightclubs and glitz on summer weekends.

With all of the Middle East's best bits - warm and welcoming people, mind-blowing history and considerable culture, Lebanon is also the antithesis of many people's imaginings of the Middle East: mostly mountainous with skiing to boot, it's also laid-back, liberal and fun. While Beirut is fast becoming the region's party place, Lebanon is working hard to recapture its crown as the 'Paris of the Orient'.

The rejuvenation of the Beirut Central District is one of the largest, most ambitious urban redevelopment projects ever undertaken. Travellers will find the excitement surrounding this and other developments and designs palpable - and very infectious.

Finally, Lebanon's cuisine is considered the richest of the region. From hummus to hommard (lobster), you'll dine like a king. With legendary sights, hospitality, food and nightlife, what more could a traveller want?

Introducing Beirut

What Beirut is depends entirely on where you are. If you’re gazing at the beautifully reconstructed colonial relics and mosques of central Beirut’s Downtown, the city is a triumph of rejuvenation over disaster.

If you’re in the young, vibrant neighbourhoods of Gemmayzeh or Achrafiye, Beirut is about living for the moment: partying, eating and drinking as if there’s no tomorrow. If you’re standing in the shadow of buildings still peppered with bullet holes, or walking the Green Line with an elderly resident, it’s a city of bitter memories and a dark past. If you’re with Beirut’s Armenians, Beirut is about salvation; if you’re with its handful of Jews, it’s about hiding your true identity. Here you’ll find the freest gay scene in the Arab Middle East, yet homosexuality is still illegal. If you’re in one of Beirut’s southern refugee camps, Beirut is about sorrow and displacement; other southern districts are considered a base for paramilitary operations and south Beirut is home to infamous Hezbollah secretary general, Hassan Nasrallah. For some, it’s a city of fear; for others, freedom.

Throw in maniacal drivers, air pollution from old, smoking Mercedes taxis, world-class universities, bars to rival Soho and coffee thicker than mud, political demonstrations, and swimming pools awash with more silicone than Miami. Add people so friendly you’ll swear it can’t be true, a political situation existing on a knife-edge, internationally renowned museums and gallery openings that continue in the face of explosions, assassinations and power cuts, and you’ll find that you’ve never experienced a capital city quite so alive and kicking – despite its frequent volatility.