27 June 2008

* Lebanese in UAE (How to spot one)

-Everyone is a Habibi or Habib albe for them

-They are always half and hour to one hour late for work

-They want their coffee to be ready before they arrive to the office

-They have the latest car models with a small Lebanese Flag at the back

-They have the latest mobile model

-They all pretend getting a very high salary, while they r getting about 10.000 AED which is not even enough to pay their accommodation and their meals/month

-They all have 3 to 6 credit cards from different banks and they can't find a way to pay their dues with interests while they are sending money to Lebanon to pay their dues to the banks in Lebanon

-Lebanese are known to be active people. Since they are abroad, they need to exercise, and to exercise, they are willing to pay about 12.000/ year to subscribe in a gym while in their mother country they never tried to go for a walk at marina dbayeh corniche or even to Manara corniche

-U can find Lebanese everyday in peppermint, trilogy, shosho's, 400... and when it's time to ask for the bill, they fight for who's going to pay: ou3a tjarreb 3ayb.. ana bedfa3... walaw mesh 7erzenine kellon 5000 AED 3ayb wlo please khalas gheir marra

-All Lebanese guys pretend being single, and continuously try to meet the biggest number of girls from different nationalities, while their fiancĂ©, or girl friend are in Lebanon waiting for them to come for vacation and to fix the wedding date

-They are cigar smokers

-They are all ready to go each Tuesday at SAX - for the Lebanese night

-All Grandpa's Lebanese was a big history man in Lebanon

-All their parents are asked to be ministers or parliaments but most of them refuse

-They never go shopping if it's not from Armani or D&G

-They are Lebanese.... they are trendy and fashionable

-Most of the Lebanese are MANAGERS

-Lebanese are good talkers but never a good listeners

-They have 2 SIM cards... one for Etisalat and one for DU

-They all have about 20,000 DVD at home while they never sit at home

-They are all sushi lovers, although they never tried to taste sushi in Lebanon

-Lebanese call their parents to greet them by phone once every 2 weeks, they prefer to use MSN or SKYPE coz it's costless, while they are paying about more than 5000 AED/ month for their outings

-They all avoid living in Sharjah and suburbs while squeezing themselves & sharing apartments in International city or other boundaries to boast about living in Dubai

-They will all resign after three months of work pretending their indispensable talents deserve more; while they move to a much worse situation, biting their teeth out!

-They drive without a driving license once they arrive to UAE for the first time... w 3a ejron el dene kella! :D

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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.