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Dangerously short skirts; expensive cars; fine-dining restaurants; a bustling Corniche; and a basket full of angry politicians and followers… welcome to Beirut.

October 21, 2009 4:45 by

For all its sleaze, pollution and concrete ugliness, Beirut exudes a glamorous, dirty-sexy vibe,  the sort of sexiness you’d find in old black-and-white Italian movies from the 1950s (minus the gorgeous architecture). It’s the sort of contradictive condition that intrigues adventure-seeking westerners and party-hungry Arabs to Lebanon’s troubled capital.

The nation’s 15-year civil war – from 1975 to 1990 – and the political instability that followed have transformed Beirut from the Middle East’s commercial and social hub to the region’s political dumping ground, where religious and political factions fought out their differences. Consequently, Beirut is hardly an aesthetic beauty.

The majority of its buildings are bullet-ridden eyesores, built closely together like a clique of teenage misfits. And sadly, most are poorly maintained, but many are home to some truly creative graffiti (although the messages aren’t always stirring), such as a beautifully ornate declaration of love to a girl called Rita close to Monot Street in Ashrafieh, and a colorful “Beirut sucks” located next to the American University of Beirut in Ras Beirut.

While the city is less than gorgeous, Beirutis have transformed their war-torn city into a party capital, turning bombed out, Ottoman inspired buildings into posh restaurants such as Abdel Wahab in Ashrafieh or Casablanca on the Corniche.

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  1. Lara on October 22, 2009 11:19 am

    Well all the things that you metioned are what makes beirut the best city in the middle east.. i dare you to find another city in this region that is alive, fun, open like beirut.
    You think you are saying negative things about beiruties where in fact ts the opposite and it only shows jelousy.

    P.S Skybar is located on Biel Rooftop, it has moved from The Palm Beach hotel a couple fo years ago

  2. Sami Halabi on October 22, 2009 11:20 am

    Dear Editor,

    This story about Beirut is widely misrepresentation of the actual facts on the ground. Contrary to what the writer might want to picture most of the buildings are not riddled with bullet holes. In fact, the recent real estate boom has resulted in more buildings being renovated for re-sale or rent and/or new buildings sprouting up across the city.

    Moreover, the insinuation that Lebanese are somehow sensitive about discussing politics is probably the result of your author’s inability to understand the nuances of regional and global factors that affect the country and as such to have a political discussion with the Lebanese. If anything the Lebanese are the most vocal and willing of any people in the Middle East and otherwise to discuss and debate political issues. Any insinuation to the contrary is proof that the author knows little about the place and shouldnt be making recommendations or passing judgement. The Lebanese have proved more willing than any other country in the region (with the exception perhaps of Israel) to confront their public officials, question the status quo or maintain some semblance of a democratic state, albeit destroying their economy and causing civil strife in the process. The next time you need someone to write about Beirut a little less ethnocentrism and some more understanding would do some good.

    Yours Truly,
    Sami Halabi

  3. haytch on October 22, 2009 12:38 pm

    Dear Editor,

    Could you share with us from which city are you? It seems that you’re also from an Arab country and it seems you’re jealous from what Lebanon have become!

    That’s why Lebanon was rated number one place to visit in 2009 and that’s why Sky bar is number one night club from 2009 and that’s why Geita Grotto was qualified to the 7 wonders of the world.

    When you have to write about a country take note the opinion of your surrounding, till now i didn’t hear no one criticizing my country in such a bad way!

    Please again do share with us from which country are you so we can also do the criticism!

  4. Beyond on October 22, 2009 12:57 pm

    thank you dana for this, at last some Lebanese is telling some truth about Lebanon…
    in fact all Lebanese are fond of their country and once it comes to Beirut they will become surprisingly defensive and “Patriotic”.

    but let’s face it when the subject is political they forget their Lebanese identity and kill each other as enemies for some muslim/christian said something silly about the other in the street and on normal day.

    unfortunately it is impossible to hide the sun with one finger

  5. Lara on October 22, 2009 1:13 pm

    well yes dana please share with us from which country are you??i would really want to know even though i already have an idea. ;-)

  6. Lara on October 22, 2009 1:15 pm

    oh i forgot about you Beyond, well i have a question for you… do you think BEYOND your nose?

  7. Christelle on October 22, 2009 1:51 pm

    Dear editor,

    It would have been much more respectful if u did a little bit of research before to write your cheap article. You forgot to mention so many important things about Beirut. You are criticizing the night life in Beirut (Gemayzeh, Sky Bar …), well please note that Beirut has been chosen as the best party city in the world by CNN, all the famous and international DJ’s and performers are coming to Beirut more than one time because of the great audience and the huge crowd.

    Talking about the ticket prices, wherever you want to travel, the earlier you buy your ticket the cheaper it is. It is an economic notion, when the demand grows, the price grows (this is the economic relationship between the price and the demand for any good or service); therefore an increase in the price of the ticket to come to Beirut during holidays is a very good indicator that means that everybody wants to come to Beirut!! So thanks a lot for mentioning that (and if you are facing any financial problems and you are dreaming to come to Beirut go to any charity center that can make your dream come true).

    Finally concerning the political and religion diversity in Beirut, well dear this is an added value that we have, our diversity creates strength and we can all express ourselves without restrictions this is why we have different opinions. But don’t worry wherever you come from (because it seems you come from an Arab Country as well) you can become democratic and express yourself one day.

    Looking forward to know from where you come in order to understand why you are so jealous!

  8. Papu Kangi on October 22, 2009 1:53 pm

    It’s interestng how jacked up the city is and yet, these lebanese come to the UAE all pretentious believing they are from the EU and consider every other race beneath them (even when the chap is a waiter at some restaurant).

  9. haytch on October 22, 2009 2:03 pm

    Well Christelle, thank for sharing this wonderful comment here! ;)

  10. Beyond on October 22, 2009 2:12 pm

    Dear Lara I am surprised… how the hell did you know that I am Lebanese too??!! I guess its because of the talking beyond noses … :)

    Dears, seriously you are not fair in your comments no harm to say the truth about our country.. because whether we like it or not there is a lot of truth with what Dana wrote and alot logical facts.

    and please stop considering our religion and politics as added values to our community .. (3ayeb).. no civilized culture has all this variety and they kill each other using id’s..

    our history is full of blood and treason leaders

  11. Ali on October 22, 2009 2:13 pm

    Dear Editor,

    I do expect more from you than this dribble you call news.

    Does Lebanon have faults? Absolutely.
    Is Beirut perfect? Absolutely not, but this article makes its sound like a sewer.

    To talk so negatively about the place leaves one with the impression that there are ulterior motives at play here.

    Beirut is a vibrant, ancient city that is finding its place in messed up region. Its inhabitants have had to endure problems that frankly would have destroyed many others.

    I have lost a tremendous amount of respect for this publication. I expect a lot more. I expect news, not the rantings of a lady that probably just got dumped by her Lebanese boyfriend and decided to take it out on the entire population.

  12. Chady on October 22, 2009 3:38 pm

    I am sorry for those who are criticizing Dana for its article. i guess reality hurts and i am not sure where she had undermined the city.

    I am sure if anyone of you asks any tourist about what they have seen in Beirut you will hear thesame story Dana mentined.


  13. katia on October 22, 2009 4:16 pm

    actually, i think you got one side of the story here Dana; i think you asked one single person and you got a certian opinion and you interpreted in that negativity; well to tell you the truth, uve never lived in lebanon, maybe a year or two for university- you dont seem like you really got the charm there, or you were there cause you ran away from your country…anyways, are we posh? maybe, do we buy expensive cars? YES., do we wear short skirts? YES, do we party like animals? ABSOLUTELY, do we spend money for our own pleasures? YES,. do we spend 3000 dirhams to go to beirut to spend xmas, fitr, eid, easter with the families DAMN YES, we discuss politics YES, do we have freedon of speech? YES.
    but do YOU? in your own country? I DONT THINK SO.

    thats what makes Lebanon UNIQUE, thats what makes lebanese people charming, that what makes BEIRUT, the paris of the middle east, thats what created history my friends and thats why EVERYONE TALKS ABOUT US… with the bombings and the war, we still have a positive vibe and we learned how to get over things. hoping you get over your complications one day as well.

    so next time you want to be as creative as CNN or BBC , please do write about your own country and have your won judgement on this, and whoever is from Beirut and doesnt like it , tear your passport and try and get another nationaly and good luck.

  14. proud to be lebanese on October 22, 2009 4:24 pm

    Beyond, just a short comment:

    This is to let you know that we will always consider our religion and politics as added value coz this makes our lovely country”LEBANON” a healthy community…

  15. Jennifer on October 22, 2009 5:53 pm

    Dear Dana,

    It seems that you are living in your own world, and it comes to my surprise that you are actully an “editor” when u havent researched well before witting such an “article”. But its not your fault, many like you envy this country, and if anything should be said about Beirut, its how it never dies and lives to be the talk of the people in every part of the world. We live to be strong and happy and known and successful and free and all the things that u cant do in your own country, and thats is sad….

  16. Sonia on October 23, 2009 12:22 pm

    Dana, did you make up your mind about Lebanon during a visit on a weekend?!

    Katia, I love your post, and all of you who wrote positive about our beautiful LEBANON and LEBANESE people!
    I appreciated Lebanon more when I left to work in a Gulf country, (not by choice though) 15 years of civil war and to date with the political and economical unrest and still others are jealous of us and envy us! That says a lot about this tiny contry and its proud people!
    Show me a country who would have survived 35 years of unrest (mostly because of foreign interference) and still standing on its feet with dignity and pride, enjoying their lives like you rightfully pointed out Dana, thank you!

  17. Chady on October 23, 2009 3:55 pm

    To Sonia, Katia, Jennifer and the others. How did you conclude that Dana is not a lebanese!!?

    For god sake please let each one of you pinpoint the incorrect information and correct it so we can understand what the hell you are critisizing.

    i would add one place to dana’s article and it is the balila plate at marouch ;)

    salam ..

  18. Lara on October 23, 2009 5:59 pm

    Mr. Chady and even if Dana was lebanese she doesn’t derserve it!!!!!!!! She doesn’t even sound like one… no one talks about his own people the way she did, no one states how girls dress when you’re one of the them.. trust ME she is not a lebanese we could tell who’s one of us and who’s NOT!!

  19. Sonia on October 24, 2009 7:15 pm

    Ok Chady, how about this for an example:
    Dana wrote:
    “For all its sleaze, pollution and concrete ugliness”
    “For a cheap, but clean option try The Marble Tower in Hamra (AED220 a night). It’s one of a handful of cheapish hotels that don’t charge by the hour (if you don’t know what I mean, then you’re a prude, and I can’t help you. Sorry).”

    Very sleazy on your part Dana!

    We Lebos know we are not perfect, like the fact that we should not be influenced by foreign interference etc.., But we will definitely will not accept to be criticized for wearing short skirts, these are criticism that have no weight, or hotels by the hour? You can find those in countries that they claim to be far more religious and conservative then the Lebanese people, if you know what I mean!!
    Your criticism is very childish, and the reader cant help but think that you must be quiet inexperienced to be an editor!

  20. haytch on October 25, 2009 7:11 am

    Chady, are you Lebanese dude? if yes this would be sad!

  21. WICKED on October 25, 2009 7:19 am

    Lovely articla dana…. a definite eye opener, cmon all you emotional and patriotic people out there firstly lets not get picky, a wide known truth among th arab community as well as the world is lebanese are the MOST RACIST of races.. likwe the sound of tht… secondly they arent very open to criticism which i can see through the comments which helps justify the editors comments even more so over alll i should jus say that all these comments posted by the loyal readers helps but prove tht it is defiently NOT OPEN MINDED and ITS NOT A PLACE TO VISIT unless you like to see people with huge egos and nothin to show for it :D

  22. Lara on October 25, 2009 7:59 am

    Wicked for God’s sake get out of here!!!!!!!

  23. haytch on October 25, 2009 8:04 am

    Wicked, if you post an article on any country stating the pros and cons in this way, citizen of the stated country will not like it not matter how open minded they are :)

  24. Sonia on October 25, 2009 9:06 am

    Wicked, you are wrong, some tourists will visit Lebanon to see the Lebo girls in short skirts and stilettos! Duh!!
    Ah and don’t forget the per hour paid hotels!!!
    Lebos are open for criticism, we listen to the criticism and argue, like Dana mentioned in her article, or lets call it debate, Lebos like to debate, its healthy, also its kind of ranting, like Dana ranted about Lebanon ;)
    As one of the posters mentioned, she must have some personal vendetta?!?

  25. TILLY on October 25, 2009 2:27 pm

    Hi Keifak Cava,

    Dangerously short skirts; expensive cars; fine-dining restaurants; a bustling Corniche; and a basket full of angry politicians and followers… welcome to……well……..any city in the world really.

    I think a better introduction would have been; beautiful scenery; un rivalled hospitality; incredible nightlife complete with international dj’s; delicious Lebanese food….welcome to Beirut.

    Firstly, I did not like your article. Not because i am Lebanese. Not because i am married to or dating a Lebanese person (i am neither, never have been, FYI i am fully British) I defend this country because i have been there many times and been made to feel more welcome than anywhere in the world.

    Lebanon has more to offer than ‘grilled corn on the Corniche’ and to imply otherwise is both patronising and condecending.

    Secondly, I wonder why out of all the countries in the world, you chose Lebanon to pick on. Easy target? Kick a man when he’s standing as well as when he’s down mentality? Grudge? Who knows, the point is that your article was harsh and in parts incorrect in the very little factual information contained in your “work”. Notice how i hesitate to say work, because the easiest thing in the world is to criticise, it takes no flair for writing whatsoever.

    I am not saying that you should only write about something if it will be popular, contraversy is exciting and opens our minds, but it should at least be fair and factually sound. I fear that continuing in this vain is detrimental to your career prospects to the extent where you’d only be able to entice people into reading your ‘work’ if you type it up on your typewriter (assuming your technology is as old as your views) and hand it out as flyers.

    If you were attempting to write a piece to educate and inspire, a contraversial piece designed to create conversation and lively debate, it seems you have failed on all accounts. You will see that the verdict is pretty much unanimous. You lack insight both as a writer and a traveller and if this is your chosen style of writing, to persecute and wrongfully belitle a whole nation, then again, i wish you the best of luck. You’ll need it. :)

  26. Lara on October 25, 2009 3:23 pm

    you go Tilly, loved your work!!!lol

  27. haytch on October 25, 2009 3:26 pm

    Tilly! thumbs up :D

  28. katia on October 25, 2009 3:47 pm

    i have no objection to someone who have a negative opinion about some country, BUT WITH RIGHT JUSTIFICATIONS and statistics….most of my friends ( non Lebanese) went to lebanon and thought its a masterpiece, and yes they went to downtown, and went to the other areas…. lebanon is not like a 50’s movie, i am sorry Dana, but i dont think you judge it right, given that lebanon was renovated, rebuilt, and alive again…demolished several times, so if one or two bldg were left out, kindly FORGIVE THEM…
    then please research well before writing anything, what makes a good editor is the research and solid statistics – wether negative or positive…

    anyways, people and cities which succeed or boom are the ones critisized :)

  29. mirey on October 25, 2009 3:51 pm

    Dana dear,

    First u must update ur informations

    Second it seems that u r so interested in our country cus u know the tickets’ prices for all the seasons, pubs, streets… , it makes us feel that u hv tried to visit lebanon many times so…..

    I won’t repeat what my friends said and how they defended beirut and the citizens cus everybody knows that it is the case of all FAMOUS cities and not only beirut dear but at least lebanese have always something to say not like most other boring people!!!!I

    U need answers ? psychologically it seems that u have a complex of inferiority toward ur country and have nothing to do
    ma3le in lebanese we will let u feel important once in ur life to make ur dream come true !!!!
    U see , we, lebanese, r sooooo kinddddd

  30. Troy on October 26, 2009 7:49 am

    I dont think a Syrian person should write this…. With all my respect but I dont think Damascus is a better country. I suggest you write about ur own country or about City Complex where u grew up…

  31. Troy on October 26, 2009 7:49 am

    *better city

  32. eye on Lebanon on October 26, 2009 10:46 am

    Baltaji family: 1948 Palestinian refugees, came to Lebanon, were welcomed among us and treated as our own.

    1975, the Palestinian wanted to make from Beirut their own Capital… The plan failed, leaving Lebanon with “The majority of its buildings are bullet-ridden eyesores.…”.

    You were supposed to gather such kind of information before criticizing what the ugly war made of our country, a war that wasn’t ours, but nevertheless, we lived it for 15 years with strength, faith & passion for life.
    It’s aches me to read this article.
    P.S: those “Dangerously short skirts” would have written better.

  33. Samer on October 26, 2009 11:16 am

    Dearest Dana,

    I wont ask from where you come. But please note that Lebanon had paid the most expensive bill for the so-called Arabic-Israeli conflict. All other Arab states were just watching and supplying arms. Beirut was destructed several times by successive Israeli invasions just to keep people like you still have some dignity. I wont be extensive here because I think you got the message.

    But in spite of all these negativities, we remained attached to life, regardless of our corrupt political system which we declare it’s worthless, but the city is ALIVE. When you visit Beirut you easily feel the charm in the air. Intellectuals gathering in its Hamra cafe’s, university students working out projects in libraries, people dining in its all-age fit restaurants with cutting edge. No need to mention the arts and exhibitions, theaters & cinemas, fashion & accessories, taste and vision.

    Dana, Beirut is the shelter for journalists who are oppressed in their countries. Maybe one day you wont find a place to write from except Beirut, despite this piece of subjective stance.

    Dana, we love Beirut as it is. Did we ask you or beg you to please come and live among us? We never did, you will come by your own when you feel it.

    Dear Dana, we love Beirut, this will make us love it even more.

  34. Darine Sabbagh on October 26, 2009 11:26 am

    I believe the reason this article has been faced off with such negative retort is the negative connotations conveyed by the introductory sentence. Take that away, and you will have just a sarcastically-objective outlook on Lebanese Life.

    Dear Author, Don’t be bummed by the negative feedback, you got some traffic to your article.

    Dear Readers, Do not be so hard on the author, underneath all of it, she loves Beirut and the photos show it:)

  35. Bechara on October 26, 2009 11:41 am

    First of all, many thanks for all lebanese, and non lebanese for the support.
    I think Dana, the day you find a comment on your article from a british guy that took some of his time defending Lebanon, you should remove your article and apologize from the Lebanese people.
    Second, I think all lebanese are PROUD of being lebanese, and you should consider this from now on.
    Third, all the readers agree with me that their is one reason for writting this article: “Jealousy”.
    – “Everyone’s a politician”: that’s because Lebanon is the only arab country where you can discuss politics.
    – About the hotels, our 2 stars hotels, are like 4 stars hotels in all the arab world, if you ever came to lebanon, try one of those and then argue.
    – “most are poorly maintained” you should respect a population that built their city 7 times, and any family of this last generation had to build and rebuild 3 homes (minimum), and still have dreams and expectations that keeps them living and smiling.
    – “pollution”: Speaking about pollution, at least Lebanon is the only arab country that is trying to do something concerning the climate change, and not afraid of losing some green papers for some petrol. Can you speak out loud in your country? ask about the 350, anyone answers? anyway i think you should see all arab countries before talking about pollution.
    – “the city is less than gorgeous” that’s pure jealousy, i think “New york times” answered your useless article by rating Beirut #1 place to visit in 2009.
    Anyway Dana, it is obvious that you hate Beirut for some reason (that we don’t know), but now you know that we adore Beirut for a million reason (that the whole world knows, including you).

  36. Leftie on October 26, 2009 12:00 pm

    Dido to what Darine Sabbagh said. Agree with her…don’t feel bad abt the comments, dear author. Most of them are from people who think they’re side of the story is the only RIGHT one and any other side doesn’t matter.

    Get a grip, people! If you feel have got to take the good with the bad about their own city/country. The article is balanced and she never said it wasn’t terrific! She simply painted a very pragmatic picture of a contemporary Beirut. Period.

  37. Michael on October 26, 2009 12:15 pm

    People, ease up on the poor girl! She is entitled to her point of view. I’m sure you have seen both foreigners love this country and Lebanese hate it, why must we come to arms if someone expresses a different point of view? We seem to take praise fairly easily; remember the New York Times’s list of places to visit in 2009? How are we to progress as a country if we don’t take criticism with an open mind?
    Personally, I found this article to be harsh in it’s criticisms which seem to be based on personal opinion. However, it is just an opinion. If we disagree with the author, thats our point of view. At least give her a chance to express it without threat of backlash. If we don’t, we’re just as bad as Saudi Arabia whipping people for talking about their personal lives.

  38. nightS on October 26, 2009 12:17 pm

    Seriously people!! What’s with the comments??
    I didn’t see a “jealous” article…
    Yes we love Beirut..and we love Lebanon..and we wouldn’t trade it with any other place in the world..
    But again, the author didn’t lie about Beirut’s state either!! we can’t deny that the city still needs so much to do..electricity cuts? water problems?? traffic?? pollution?? people starving??

    And I agree with Darine..the photos show the love the author has to this city!!

  39. Bechara on October 26, 2009 12:43 pm

    it is not about easing up on the girl or not.
    But all her criticism is on what the ugly war made of our country, like “eye on Lebanon” said.
    Jealousy can be felt between constructive and destructive criticism.

  40. jobox on October 26, 2009 1:09 pm

    I love Beirut for its opposites. I love Beirut because I see a girl in a Mini skirt and her sister in a Tchador. I love Beirut because it is neither West nor East it is both. I love Beirut because one can party till 6 in the morning and not realize that it is tuesday morning. I loveBeirut because Beirut is live as if they are going to die tomorrow and party as if they are going to live forever.
    I love Beirut because I can be swimming in the morning and 30 minutes later I’m on the slopes skiing or doing after ski. I love Beirut because I have never seen the sun this strong anywhere in the world.
    I love Beirut because I can see 6,000 years of history. I love Beirut because Christians and Muslims are living an understanding and do not need to have Christian Muslim understanding classes. I love Beirut because every Beiruti has a political opinion and will share it with you even if you could care less about his and you want to share yours with him. I love Beirut for all the conspiracy theories and how many people actually believe them.
    I love Beirut because any night I can find a friend to go out with. I love Beirut because I do not need to call my friends to go and see them at their houses I just stop by.
    I love Beirut because as soon as I arrive at one of my friends houses his mom takes me to the kitchen & becomes the spokesperson of the refrigerator.
    I love Beirut because one can smell gardenia , and jasmine.
    I love Beirut because strawberries taste like strawberries & fruits taste like fruits.
    I love Beirut because the food is so good that one gains so many pounds even if she tries to lose .
    I love Beirut because although the Lebanese women at times look alike as some did their surgeries at the same plastic surgeon they are the most elegant women I have ever seen.
    I love Beirut because when I go out at night I don’t know at which women to look at as each one is gorgeous in her own way.
    I love Beirut because everyone knows me by name.
    I love Beirut because I don’t have to explain myself. I love Beirut because of the traffic jams and the people you meet because of them.
    I love Beirut because of the noise pollution from cars honking.
    I love Beirut for the spirituality of the people wether Muslim or Christian. I love Beirut because I’m the first to call my Muslim friends on Ramadan and they are the first to call me on Easter.
    I love Beirut because on May 1st I see Muslims visiting Harissa (Virgin Mary) just like I see Christians.
    I love Beirut because we can differentiate between a Jew and an Israeli.
    I love Beirut because on the 22nd of every month I see Muslims going to St.Charbel and believing that a miracle will happen.
    I love Beirut because women look like as if they are out of a Vogue magazine. I love Beirut because you eat to live and live to eat. I love Beirut because one leaves one cafe to go to another and one does this all day.
    I love Beirut because all the Lebanese living outside want to come back and the Lebanese who are in Lebanon envy the ones who are living abroad not realizing what it means to live away from Beirut.
    I love Beirut because a girl or a guy can easily tell you I just had a couple of Lexo or Xanax as if they just had a chewing gum. I love Beirut because for every Lebanese we have a singer. I love Beirut because the Lebanese star singers sing in nightclubs.
    I love Beirut because women go into the swimming pool with full make up.
    I love Beirut because guys go in with their cigars.
    I love Beirut because it has been destroyed 7 times in History and has risen. I love Beirut because since 1975 the Beirutis have withstood the PLO, Syrians, and the Israelis. I love Beirut because the Beirutis will not accept anyone to occupy them and rule over them. I love Beirut because we feel that it is better to die on our feet than to live on our knees.
    I love Beirut because each street is a two ways street even if it is a one way officially. I love Beirut because one can park anywhere and not get a ticket. I love Beirut because one can go as fast as his speedometer.
    I love Beirut because MEA lands there. I love Beirut because on MEA we can clap in unison when we are about to land. I love Beirut not because it is my city , but because it is the city of EveryOne. I love Beirut because it welcomes every exile freethinker,independent mind of the Arab world.
    I love Beirut because we have hundreds of newspapers and our press is finally Free. I love Beirut because most Arabs dreams of coming to Beirut and wishes his capital was more like Beirut.
    I love Beirut because when I explain Beirut to my Western friends, my friends see the passion of Beirut in my eyes. I love Beirut because there is so much misconception about Beirut in the media and in the minds of people who have never visited.
    I love Beirut because when I tell my friends that I’m going to Beirut they tell me can you take me with you.
    I love Beirut because we argue over who is going to pay the bill at a restaurant as everyone wants to pay it. I love Beirut because although many complain about “not making enough money” everyone is living.
    I love Beirut because if I do the cross before I start driving the person next to me does not ask me if I fear that I’m going to get into a car accident but instead does his cross as well.
    I love Beirut because we accept our differences as we disagree with each other. I love Beirut because it serves as a beacon of freedom to the rest of the Arab world. I love Beirut because to praphrase what Gibran said about Lebanon ” Had Beirut not been my city I would have chosen it to be.” I love Beirut because there is no city like it.
    I love Beirut because even if Beirut is being destroyed you are still beautiful and will remain beautiful no matter how disfigured you are. I love Beirut because you are always on my mind.
    I love Beirut for no reason. I love Beirut for all the reasons of the “world.”

  41. Pamela Mansour on October 26, 2009 2:13 pm

    Mrs, Baltagi.

    either you are lebanese or a refugee or a neighbour or an arabic young lady.. your article would have been more respected if YOU, yourself, havent used low words and low discription,

    it has been an honor for me to be lebanese it it always will be, no matter what is the image you are paid to show, lebanon will always be the symbol of the tourisim in all the middle east. u unfortunatelly forget to mention geitta grotto, baalbeck, jbeil (byblos), saida (sidon), Harissa ( virgin marry) and plenty others,,, is it because during your visit you haven’t been in such places,, and you have only been in the other areas???

    and what is wrong with the other places????? you are discribing the night life in lebanon???? is it only lebanon??? have u been in dubai??? have you been in au dhabi??? have you been in america??? have you been in paris?????? what is wrong with lebanon having a night life like all the other respectfull countries??? do we really have to be all the way behing because we are classified in the arabic area???????? even arabic countries are not improving their life style for God sake.

    you have mentioned abou egyptian and jordanian need for visa to enter lebanon… excuse me!!!!!! have you faced such an incident??? i have had a jordanian visitor this year and he had the “entry” stamp on his passport on his passport without any visa… kindly correct your information,, it is really a shame for an auditor to write wrong information to public… !!! why am i wondering about this information anyway!!! is you all article right?????!!!!!!!!!

    dear Mrs Baltagi… i do not allow you to discribe me as a lebanese young lady as a short skirt lover or a night lover… i do not allow you to discribe the lebanese lady by being “rented bu hour” using the hotel rooms as you have mentioned… lebanon and lebanese girls are much better than that ,, and way higher…

    lebanese people are all over the world and the are the pioneer in everything…

    i really cant blame you for the article you have written it seems you were not kean enough to go to CLEAN places… u were searching really low.. and THE ONE WHO LOOKS DOWN TO THE FLOOR WILL ONLY SEE HIS OWN SHOES…

  42. LAPAA on October 26, 2009 2:40 pm

    JOBOX thank you for your post it made me realize how more and more i love and miss my BEIRUT.

  43. Pamela Mansour on October 26, 2009 2:53 pm

    guys excuse my grammar and my mistakes,,, i have been excited while replying,.. and i didnt revise it before posting it :P

  44. Pamela Mansour on October 26, 2009 3:02 pm

    jobox you comment should be used as an article about beirut instead of the existing one.. thank you so much for what you wrote

  45. MYSTIC on October 26, 2009 3:12 pm

    Well Written Dana, Well you\’ve got the right readership and have hit your target audience , your advertisers must be pleased.

    Easy commenting people, reaction vs response.

    Accept some criticism and let it bring out the best in you .

    I feel there is an abundance of creative enrguies in Beirut , so abundant and vast that they have the potential to bring out its beauty in its totality however not everythign Dana is saying is false …

    Is beirut the place to be an ideal , an example of how people should live ~ not close to but does it have the potential ~ most definitely

    there is amystery abut lebanon which is indefinable and that mystery revels in the mountains of lebanon and is being victimized by places in leabanon such as beirut which is distancing itself away from the truth of beauty which does not belong to fancy cars , plastic surgery , intoxicants and clubs ~ but in nature which is what Lebanon is about ~ so accept the crticism people and look deeply into what your Beirut can be ~ because it s beauty belongs to the world ~ it is a gem to be shared which can glow with more awareness of what it should be ~ as far as celebration is concerned it should go on ~
    with arrogance ~ without prejudice ~

  46. eye on Lebanon on October 26, 2009 3:31 pm

    it’s ok Pamela, we understand what u passed throught while replying on such…….. article.

    Grammatical mistake are still more tolarated then somebody calling himself “editor”

  47. eye on Lebanon on October 26, 2009 3:35 pm

    undersstood sorry, you see everybody can do unintentional mistakes :-)

  48. Lara on October 26, 2009 3:40 pm

    Jobox i got teary eyes because of your amazing article and like LAPAA said i now realise how much i miss Beirutttttttttttttttttttttttttt!!!!!!!!

  49. LAPAA on October 26, 2009 3:51 pm

    MYSTIK i donno if u can differentiate between criticism, negativity & defamation,
    You were right about Dana’s viewership, for this reason i will call to boycott kippreport until we get the expected apology..

  50. eye on Lebanon on October 26, 2009 5:01 pm

    LAPPA: i agree with you an apology will be nice though i like kippreports but they messed with the wrong country.

    I will BOYCOTE

  51. Sonia on October 27, 2009 8:25 am

    Why my comments didnt get published since 6:22pm yesterday?
    What is it that you didnt like? you allowed your editor to insult our women and our country, but we cant say our view?
    Anyway I already unsubscribed, but I sent that cheap article to all my friends and acquaintances in the USA, Europe and the ME!

  52. Kipp on October 27, 2009 8:41 am

    Dear readers,
    We are happy to approve your comments, both positive and negative, but we cannot allow comments that are politically sensitive.

  53. Sonia on October 27, 2009 9:59 am

    Great!! another post rejected!! no problems, i will post them on my facebook!

  54. lara on October 27, 2009 1:55 pm

    Sonia add us on facebook…lol

  55. Aboud on October 27, 2009 2:21 pm

    The comments on this article are pathetic. The article itself did not demean Lebanon or Beirut, and the overall tone was quite positive.

    But it is indicative of the low self esteem some people have, that if an article mentioning their city is not overflowing with gushing praise, they throw childish tantrums, demanding to know which country the “jealous” author is from.

    For God’s sake, grow up!

  56. Aboud on October 27, 2009 4:45 pm

    Sonia, thanks for proving the exact point I was making.

    Let’s say this article is ten times as bad as the very silly commentators here make it out to be. If such an article appeared about London, or New York, or Paris, would their inhabitants gather in such great numbers and scream their collective heads off, demanding to know the nationality of the writer?

    Of course not, and for one simple reason; those societies are mature ones. Grown up ones. Adults.

    Learn the concept. Join the world of adults.

  57. samira on October 27, 2009 5:19 pm

    This Is great. You all just proved the authors point. Lebanese love to criticize but can’t take critizism.

  58. Joelle Aoun on October 27, 2009 10:38 pm

    Well, Wherever u come from, i dont think ur country is better, or even is the best ….

  59. haytch on October 28, 2009 6:38 am

    Aboud! what’s wrong with you seriously! I started to believe that all the people who are defending this article are non leb. or they are leb. with no self esteem!

  60. katia on October 28, 2009 8:37 am


    its better for you i guess to go live in London – Paris or New york or any other country in the world you consider “Mature” ( hope they welcome you with a warm heart)…cause you seem FULL ON mature and you cant be amongs us pathethic ones, who critisize anything and everything and who are so patriotic and silly….you dont deserve to be in lebanon – lebanon doesnt deserveyou darling…
    its ok, you werent born by Choice a lebanese…live abroad, maybe you will learn some of their manner ….we do accept criticisim wether negative or positive, but we DO NOT allow wrong accusations for someo0ne who didnt do their homework well ( research, history, statistics…)
    we will never change, so live with the fact that we are what we are, silly, pathetic, immature, you call it, but id rather defend the country i came from by all means, rather than act mature !
    pifffff silly one!

  61. tatyana on October 28, 2009 9:28 am

    This article is so entertaining and the comments are great! As a Lebanese, I can definitely say this is not one my favorite articles! I love my country and everything about it. That being said, and me being an amazing person (obviously because I’m Lebanese!) I can’t help but notice that we do get a little carried away with our patriotism. A little constructive criticism can be a little healthy every once in a while. Can we all consiously deny that we are deprived of living in our country because it fails to ensure a decent lifestyle for any young person single-handedly starting his career and life? Are we not to blame for the economic and political instability that manifests are country because we vote for it in every election? just a thought ..

  62. Sonia on October 28, 2009 9:52 am

    Aboud! I wonder what London and NYC would have done if they were in a war and unrest since 35 years TO DATE! I remember back in the eighties there was a black out in NYC they all robbed each other they robbed supermarkets and department stores! We have black outs since 35 years, no such thing happened!
    Its only normal that you get attached to your country and become more patriotic in such circumstances! People in London and New York have choices, and most of all they have peace in their country etc..if Lebanon was like before 1975 none of us would have cared what others say, but when an EDITOR writes about the ugliness of bullet-ridden buildings, less than gorgeous city, knowing that there was war for years, without mentioning about the culture or the historical places that some other tourists might be interested (other than the ones that are interested in the hourly paid hotels) do you think that’s fair?!?
    Lebanon mostly relies on tourism, we want all type of tourists, but we also want tourists that are intellectual and care about our historical sites, our culture and festivals, she didn’t mention any of that!
    If you think you are a mature person “unlike me and the others”, then I am sure you will know the fact that a pen has the effect of a weapon!
    And the fact that u r comparing Lebanon with London and New York, its flattering hahaha but if only they leave us alone we will be the Paris of the middle east AGAIN! :)

  63. Aboud on October 28, 2009 10:18 am

    Hello Katia,

    “but id rather defend the country i came from by all means, rather than act mature”

    If you think that rational, tempered, reasoned discussion that leaves aside a person’s country of origin, and the word “mature” are incompatible, then there are debating classes you are more than welcome to sign up for.

    Because the rabidly angry commentators here are doing their country no favors whatsoever, by getting all bent out of shape over an article whose tone was positive, but whose only fault seems to be that every sentence did not gush praise.

    Such a paradise does not exist on Earth, so please, everyone here grow up and stop demanding that journalists write about their country in such terms. And enough with the very silly obsession about a poster or writer’s country of origin. Is it so hard for some people to just…*grow up*?

  64. Aboud on October 28, 2009 10:26 am


    What Lebanon went through was tragic, but Moscow, Leningrad, Stalingrad, Berlin, London, Hiroshima and Nagasaki all went through hell as well. It is quite an arrogant notion to think that no one else’s suffering has ever rivaled one’s own, and use that as an excuse for all sorts of anti-social behavior.

    At some point in life, one has to stop blaming one’s parents (or “others who wont leave us alone to become the Paris of the Middle East etc etc”) for all the ills in one’s life.

    If I ever want to write an article and guarantee lots of hits, I’ll write that Lebanon’s sea is “kinda salty”, and watch the angry page views roll in.

  65. Sonia on October 28, 2009 10:39 am

    Yes you are absolutely right Tatyana, but that’s not what she is criticizing!

  66. Sonia on October 28, 2009 11:11 am

    Correction what Lebanon STILL GOING THROUGH, doesn’t match with your comparison with countries that healed since 10s of years! If you want to mention that, I am sure as Lebanese you know that, Lebanon was destroyed and built many times, like all the countries you mentioned!
    We are talking in the present, we are trying to have some peace in our country, positive articles so that we can have tourists, which hopefully will result in opening jobs so we can go back home etc etc….
    But only God knows when we will be left alone and have that long waited peace so we can really make Lebanon what it use to be and better!

    As for your last paragraph, please grow up?!

  67. Sonia on October 28, 2009 11:32 am

    kipp! why didnt u publish my question to “eye on lebanon” about a FAMILY NAME?:(

  68. WICKED on October 28, 2009 12:10 pm

    Well to tell you the truth I AM HALF LEBANESE myself and i know a lotta a gals tht have this inbuilt hatred towards the asian race… one of my mates a paki (yea a lebanese can be friends with a paki) buffed up guy, i introduced him to one of my mates farah and this was her feedback he got an amazing physique, amazing hair amazing looks BUT HES PAKI..LOL… i dont want you guys to judge us on this one incident BUT i have a lot of cousins and close friendswith same backward mentality, which kinda sucks…its maybe the way we are brought up, they only love 2 races their own and WHITES, cmon people what are u thinkin i m jus being honest as i have travelled the world and visitng lebanon again is not on my prority list,,, and yes yes i have the green cedar as my key ring.

  69. Aboud on October 28, 2009 12:25 pm


    Are you seriously comparing the Lebanese civil war to atomic annihilation and a world war? *facepalm*

    Believe me, nothing would please me more than to see every cafe, restaurant and hotel room in Lebanon filled to the brim, overbooked for many summers to come.

    But the managers of Beirut’s best hotels most definitely do not throw a hissy fit if a guest said that the meal was merely “excellent” instead of “BY THE GRAVES OF MY FOREFATHERS THIS MEAL IS FIT FOR GOD HIMSELF!” which is what some commentators seem to expect in any article about their country.

    Seriously, how does any restaurant critic in Lebanon possibly hope to make an honest living with such an audience? One negative observation about overcooked meat would probably result in baying mobs with pitchforks.

  70. katia on October 28, 2009 12:28 pm

    Sonia, you proved everyones point, appreciate your words, Bravo!

    Abboud, i suggest you open a “Grown UP” firm , somewhere in between London, paris and NY –
    if you want to have traffic on the Lebanese ” kinda salty” water article , just mention that you need Grown ups to debate it…ull have plenty, piff

  71. Samira on October 28, 2009 1:07 pm

    I hope no one gets the wrong impression about lebanese from these catty women commenting on the article. Yes we are patriotic but seriously girls get a grip. If you want to be taken seriously, then argue a point, don’t just throw accusations.

    It’s about time someone points out the obvious in beirut. Are you saying there aren’t “bullet-ridden buildings” or “misguided stallions” who spend beyond their means or “scantily-clad women”. Come on. This is obviously an opinion piece not a fact. And hopefully it won’t be the last.

    We’re all tired of hearing how great Beirut is without hearing its dirty little secrets.
    If Lebanese can’t handle the truth about their own country how will they ever work out their issues. Don’t be in denial. Face your problems and deal with it.

  72. TILLY on October 28, 2009 1:09 pm

    Abboud, expand your vocabulary and “grow” some more words in your narrow mind.

    It seems you are devoid of all compassion and emotion as far as this subject is concerned.

    To write an article criticising New York or London is acceptable, because these are cities that are doing ok with no particular interference or threats from anywhere (atleast nowhere near the level or frequency that Lebanon experiences). To criticize Lebanon so fiercely and hatefully is to my mind the equivilent of demoralising a disabled child.

    WAIT, allow me to explain. Lebanon is “socially” the disabled child, not by birth, but by some tragic accident and every day since then, life has been challenging for this innocent being, but the spirit remains unbroken.

    Maybe this was a bad analogy. I know what i mean, and that is, to pick on Lebanon is not only unfair, but cruel.

    However, do not be confused, Lebanon is the least country to pity, it is after all, a strong (when political circumstances allow) and fantastic place.

    Hope this is not misunderstood and if anyone feels offended, accept my apologies in advance.

    I’d rather be childish or immature and capable of empathy and compassion than an emotionally retarded self proclaimed “mature adult”


  73. Walw on October 28, 2009 1:23 pm

    Guys please leave the syrians alone. the writer is pure Lebanese and i know that for sure so please keep your conflicts and your problems between you and stop blaming Syria for every thing that happened to you or will happen.
    The civil war started before the Syrians got involved and you hate each others. senni doesn’t like derzi w el derzi doesn’t like i don’t know who.khalas.
    you have a very nice country, absolutely right but you have a lot of issues between you Lebanese so stop blaming Syrians and Arabs and Palestinians.
    why don’t you accept that you as a nation can’t live in the same country with no conflicts cause first you don’t love each others and everyone wants to be in power.the current situation is a great example

  74. MYSTIC on October 28, 2009 1:23 pm

    Lappa , you have dived too deeply into what you see as a problem that you may have become the problem yourself.

    From the little that i know, i am not sur eif you can see that what Dana has written is constructive critisim and written in aa creative manner.

    If you only like to keep your ears open to the goodstuff and choose to be blind to the room that provides your beautiful conuntry room to improve so more n more of you would be able to realise your love for lebanon and contribute to it by actually residing in Lebanon then your choice to boycott kipp makes perfect sense, there are is a lot of media avilable that is manipulated to only say the right thing i.e everythign is vbeautiful , the paper is called garden full of roses . enjoy.

    I am only an observer trying to say that the potential of lebanon is infinite and you all can transofrm negativity that you may find into positive forces that will continue to create an energy of transformation ~

  75. Balsam on October 28, 2009 1:38 pm

    Yes Beirut has alot of faults in fact the whole country does, but you show me a country that suffered 15 years of war , part civil part a reflection of great powers fighting , and then came around to become what Beirut is now, yes there are buildings riddled with bullets , but then again there are whole streets rebuilt and many more being renovated, yes we do argue politics but then again thats the idea we are allowed to argue anything from politics to the weather and unlike countries around us we are not going to jail for it , the political situation is in shambles and that is something to be critical of but then again we are a country that was never left alone , show me a country that was ruled 30 years by a neighboring country and all of a sudden was able to fix itself in 4 -5 -10 years. There is a difference between constructive criticism and envious ctisizim . and hopefully as a writer you know the differnce , no one is asking you to sugar coat beirut , we know what we have we know the good and the bad , but it seems just like the people you are so critical of you too only see one side of the story …. what bothers you and most people thinking like you is that Beirut hasnt given up even when its own people did sometimes , the city itself never gave up and it seems it will stay a thorn in in your eye and every one like you …

  76. Aboud on October 28, 2009 2:25 pm


    “To write an article criticising New York or London is acceptable, because these are cities that are doing ok with no particular interference or threats from anywhere”

    So, let me get this straight; no criticism whatsoever of one’s society, because of “external threats” or “external enemies”. Heck, I’ve heard despots and dictators use that argument, but you are truly the first person to extend “emergency wartime laws” to ban criticism of a city’s bars and “comb overs”.

    Katia, thank you for the advice. While there are alot of forums on which people get very worked up and bad tempered, at least they throw tantrums about stuff that matter.

    This very same journalist wrote an article about a Saudi journalist sentenced to 60 lashes, and yet it hasn’t elicited the same number of comments. And yet mention Beirut’s hire-by-the-hour hotels, and that article gets a torrent of whines. Interesting set of priorities.

  77. Aboud on October 28, 2009 2:28 pm


    “show me a country that was ruled 30 years by a neighboring country and all of a sudden was able to fix itself in 4 -5 -10 years.”

    Eastern Europe. The former USSR states. They managed to do wonders, and with a lot less whining.

  78. Jihad on October 28, 2009 2:57 pm

    Hi Everyone,

    i read the(….) article. i didn’t like it.
    i read most of the comments, what i felt that everyone is giving his point of view from the article (edited by Dana)

    but what i realy didn’t like that dana replied and defended her article under another name (Aboud)

    i believe that she is a courage woman to give blontly her opinion, but i am affraid she isn’t coz a courage person will not hide under a fake name to deffend her article.

    so please Dana let me tell you that u do have a weak personality that you hide in different ways in public (maybe loud voice or arrogance or….) just to hide your weekness.

    my Dear I have merci on you.

  79. Aboud on October 28, 2009 3:15 pm


    Conspiracy theories? How appropriate, considering the audience. I am not Dana. How on earth did such a strange comment get approved by the admin?

    But I appreciate the idea that I write as well as Dana.

    No, actually I am a tripod Martian who is jealous that Snoop Dogg turned down our invitation to perform at Olympus Mon and instead went to Beirut. Hence my posts. See, on Mars this is what qualifies as a temper tantrum. Rawr.

    And saying “merci” instead of “mercy”? Sorry, but it’s funny when someone mixes up their French and English :)

  80. Jihad on October 28, 2009 4:05 pm

    dana or aboud it’s the same.

    We are not blind it wont need a psychologiste to notice it.

    And thx by the way to correct “Merci” spelling.

    Hope that your boss is proud that u made a boom on such article.

    But believe me the rumours arn’t as good as you think.
    Don’t forget that most of your readership are from the media and most of them Lebanese and proud to be, and I do believe that kippreport and mediaquest needs every penny from the market.

    Do take it into consideration

    NB: if you don’t want to publish it you are free, but at least have the responsibility and show it to your boss.

  81. Sonia on October 28, 2009 4:28 pm

    Aboud, read your posts again, u started the comparison, all the way from London to Japan! and I commented!
    All we are debating here is about the fact that Dana was not, lets use ur word “mature” with her “TRAVEL PIECE” and as an editor should have dropped cheap descriptions! I for one would have been satisfied if she had mentioned, Baalbek, Gieta, Tyre, Gebran, the festivals, Fairouz, Rahbani clan, the designers who dress the Hollywood actresses and the list is huge! Side by side with the “hourly hotels” and “dangerously short skirts”
    You are way out of the topic!
    Wicked! it is a fact that small nations tend to be more conservative, and like to, date or marry from the same community or sect, before u label a nation being racist, make some research about the demography of that society, before 1975, it was very difficult to get married from different sects, or political party, let alone religion or race, our grandparents and the whole big family will have a say on the partner that we choose! If I am not mistaken, to date our men and women live with their parents until they are married, unlike the west, where a lot of them at 18, become independent and choose to live alone and choose their partners! BUT we came a long way now, and we are still changing! We are fighting to have civil marriage in Lebanon! besides, show me any arab country who is not the same?! Why some of you always pick on lebanon? Because we can debate, and we have freedom of speech and I guess because we are important!
    Samira, we will never be tired of hearing how great Lebanon is, how is that possible? (Excluding about our politicians of course) and please note that “the obvious” is pointed out in jobox’s post and we still love it!
    Well said Tilly!
    Thank you Katia!

  82. Pamela Mansour on October 28, 2009 4:30 pm

    for the one who are saying that we prooved the point of view of the editor by being not prepared to accept critisism … i am wondering how do they accept in any way that anyone speaks about these points only in lebanon,,, when an article is to be published highlighting on our daily problems, giving solutions, handling a serious problem, i dont think our comments will be the same.

    Mr, Abboud, i dont think that lebanon is only about what she mentioned, that is why we all found ourselves obliged to comment,
    lebanon is not only about night life. and let me tell you her way of discribing it is the wrong side of the story, not having it in lebanon, and buddy if you have a serious problem with the night life in lebanon go find a cave in one of the mountains and hide their…

    you claimed saying “very silly commentators ” so you now find us silly because we were trying to show readers that lebanon is not only what she had mentioned… well i definitly cant say who is the “silly” one here.

    anyway .. she was claiming that the rooms are rented per hour, or even per night, and she was not wondering why arabic citizens love to go to lebanon and rent these rooms… who does she mean is using these rooms??? isnt she mentioning lebanese girls???? was she talking about any other nationalities???? if you were a foreigner and you were reading this article wouldnt have you thought that she is talking about ALL lebanese?????? do u accept that she talks about your mother or your sister that way??? do u agree that foreigners take them the way she discribed them????? if you do,, than im sorry i wont allow her to put me in the same corner…

    i can understand when u say we cannot hide behind war and political issues to hide our negatives. but u definitly can’t agree with her giving us a positive critisism.

  83. Sonia on October 28, 2009 4:50 pm
  84. Aboud on October 28, 2009 5:15 pm

    “Don’t forget that most of your readership are from the media”

    It is a very sad state of affairs when the only people who read Middle Eastern media are other Middle Eastern media people. Makes me glad that I’m not an Arab media person.

    Sorry but the walls of text, with no paragraphs, makes for tiresome reading. Sonia, this is how 99% of travel pieces are written. While you may like special rules to exist just for Lebanon, unfortunately this is not a website owned by Hariri Inc. where you can apply them.

    Miss Mansour; “i dont think that lebanon is only about what she mentioned”. Anyone who thinks a country is only what they read in a 3 page travel piece needs to get out more. Please give your fellow media people more credit than that.

    To the admin who is approving the comments implying that I am someone I am not; I was not born yesterday. I know that websites such as yours generate more eyeballs from flame wars in the comments section, than they do from the original articles. I do know how Michael Arrington gets his traffic at Techcrunch.

    And since you have not seen fit to filter those comments implying that one of your writers is a coward, when you know better, I will not oblige you by contributing more to this section.

    Best wishes to all Lebanese, Arabs and others in this unfortunate region.

  85. Aboud on October 28, 2009 5:21 pm

    Also Jihad,

    “and I do believe that kippreport and mediaquest needs every penny from the market.”

    A pathetic, feeble little threat by someone whose life, apparently, has not educated him in any other way of getting a point across. I do not own a stake in this website, which I only discovered yesterday, so believe me when I say I couldn’t care less if you, and your fellow media people, all took your pennies elsewhere.

    You are too ill informed to realize that controversy and flame wars is exactly how web sites such as these make their money. By all means keep contributing with your silly, ineffectual displays of “patriotism”.

  86. Pamela Mansour on October 28, 2009 6:10 pm

    Mr. Abboud;

    i think that Mrs. tilly is one live example on contradicting your theorie regarding the readers of this article or what ever media you are talking about.

    anyway the one who will read an article of 3 pages talking only about this will think that this is the real story.

    let me tell you one small thing. i am UNFORTUNATLY not living in lebanon, im working in the Gulf. i am 100% sure that you also know one of your colleagues (female) who had to leave lebanon and work abroad especially in the Gulf. allow me to express our pain when in takes us a lot of effort to convince our colleagues here that lebanese are not what the media and editors like Mrs. Baltagi are trying to show.

    i certainely do not wish you go out of lebanon if you are still living happily there, but when you face the reality outside lebanon u will never allow people like Dana to nourrish the wrong concept about lebanon and lebanese people.

    Mr. Abboud being a young female lebanese and facing the problem convincing people that they cannot take me as the THINK they know about lebanese.. you will really feel irritated and angry…

    editors and media like Mrs. baltagi are the only reason behind all arab and foreigners thinking that our lovely lebanon is a SEX city not more than that.


  87. Julia on October 28, 2009 6:43 pm


    Sweetheart, since you are so well informed, why not use all this knowledge elsewhere… for instance, try writing a paper or an article about global warming. You’re a smart guy/girl so i bet you can do better than this!!

    PS. I’m non lebanese; however, couldn’t help but reply to your comments, as you have proved to be worse than the lebanese described in Dana’s article.

    As per Dana’s article, the Lebanese are described as such: – “it seems you have an opinion about everything, and you’re keen on letting you – and anyone else within earshot – hear it. Everyone’s a politician, a social expert and problem solver, and is eager to let others, especially foreigners, know his or her side of the story.”

    I will end with a small token of advice for you…… time you decide to write another fabulous piece of literature such as this, remember, try not to undermine every single word you’ve written by doing the very same thing that you agree is worth critisizing so heavily (see above quote Einstein ;)

  88. Sonia on October 28, 2009 6:55 pm

    Really? 99%?! wow!! I work in the travel industry, but this is news for me! I always thought a travel reporter should write about, the culture, historical sites AS WELL AS other interests!

    Aboud, I think you are losing your grip here, what does this comment has to do with what we are debating about?:
    “unfortunately this is not a website owned by Hariri Inc. where you can apply them.”
    We know who are the owners, thank you! I care less if it is owned by Hariri or any other party, as long as the topic is about Lebanon, if I have a say I will say it!
    Thank you for your wishes! Bye!!

  89. Jihad on October 28, 2009 7:53 pm

    That’s funny. Oh, Please Dana or Abboud (your more gutsy under this name).

    An editor or journalist is a big responsibility, which obviously you lack.
    First, using Kippreport for your personal vendetta is really wrong, or probably you’re enjoying the audience that satisfies your low self esteem.

    Second, you have confused criticism with negativity and confused threats with advice.

    Allow me to show you the difference: What you thought in your article or your response to the readers was criticism, reflected the reality of a bitter person.

    When my advice to you was to protect your company from harsh response, you’ve translated it to threats. Again, that’s aching.

    What you’re saying might probably be true, that you’re not Dana or visa versa, but funny enough, kipp has apologized for not publishing political stuff and well, surprise! Here come your Abboud to the rescue with solid knowledge and free courses in history and not to forget “maturity”.
    Come on, let’s not kid anyone here.

    Allow me to quote you on this: “Dear readers, We are happy to approve your comments, both positive and negative, but we cannot allow comments that are politically sensitive.”

    Last but not least, if you think you made a scoop with this article and people are hitting more on kippreport now, think twice, the say is not always right: “bad publicity is publicity after all”. Then again, you knew who to target, since all good things come from the Lebanese people. We are the scoop honey!

    Finally, do accept our criticism with open arms, and as it has been written previously from the readers, an apology is a must for such a great nation.

  90. Sonia on October 29, 2009 5:54 am

    Kipp!!! can you publish my last reply to aboud please? is it being moderated since 6:55pm yesterday?!?

  91. Troy on October 29, 2009 7:45 am

    Can we now plz stop giving this ….article much attention?
    we are creating traffic while we should boycott this article and stress more on the great stories this site has to offer.
    Im sure this was a misshapp and the editors will realise this and remove the article soon….

  92. Pascale Haddad on October 29, 2009 7:53 am

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  93. Jihad on October 29, 2009 8:20 am

    well done Pascale we should all do the same

  94. samira on October 29, 2009 4:03 pm

    It’s a little baffling to see such a response. Was it the sarcastic undertone or the vocabulary that threw you off .

    Maybe Kipp should use 1 syllable words to write articles from now on and avoid further misunderstanding. If you can’t understand proper English then stick to reading your arabic or french.

  95. Asterix on October 29, 2009 4:37 pm

    This is quite bizarre. Having read the article, I really don’t see what all the HooHaa is all about. A little criticism and the guy are ripping their shirts open to reveal their chest hair and the girls act like their honour has been taken away! This is an opinion piece. For those who do not know, OPINION is “normally a subjective statement and may be the result of an emotion or an interpretation of facts. People may draw opposing opinions from the same facts”.
    But that’s beside the point… You guys really have to put your money where your mouth is… Being patriotic is great but shouldn’t you be rebuilding the country that you defend so well against harmless attacks in internet press? (Instead of spending your lives working for the good of the gulf, Canada the EU). Why are 75% of the Lebanese people live outside of Lebanon. Why do almost all of you either have or mentally strive for a western passport?
    The writer stated her opinion, but the fact is… Non of you are really saying that what is written is not true… But you want hear about the NICE side of Beirut. For that you can contact the Lebanese Tourism Board, they’ll sort you out…
    I am sure you have heard of the notion of FREE speech… I, personally am tired of reading watered down happy articles that lack objectivity…

  96. Wissam on October 29, 2009 5:36 pm

    WE REMAIN!!!

  97. joey on October 29, 2009 7:01 pm

    true, some sort of negative vibe was derived from the article, but the fact of the matter is, it wasn’t all wrong.. at the end of the day, i think everyone has the right to their own opinion, be it Lebanese or not. Dissing and bashing this article only proves the writer right. I hope that in the future, we as Lebanese people learn how to respect other people’s opinions, and the true values of freedom of speech.

    thank you.

  98. Mansour on October 29, 2009 7:19 pm

    Dana you need to wake up. I will only say that whatever happened in Palestine happened in Lebanon , but the only difference is that look how nice lebanon is cause WE are people who know how to act and think unlike Palestinians

  99. Scott on October 29, 2009 8:59 pm

    I don’t know whether to laugh or cry, or merely sigh with resignation, but this comments thread was definitely the most amusing thing I’ve read so far today. Edging towards 100…

  100. Patou on October 30, 2009 2:38 pm

    Dear Asterix,
    Leabnon is a free place, were you can do what you want to write what you want and to believe in god or not it is your choice, thats why the writer went to dubai to write this article cause she is not allowed to speak her mind in her country…
    You can criticise and we know what is an opinion dear…jobox criticise lebanon in a nice way..with all the negative and postive aspect of lebanon
    when you criticise dear you and the writer you have to be professional but you both are not…
    and what Lebanese wants or do it is none of your business,

  101. lara on November 1, 2009 8:59 am

    I just have a quick question to kippreport…
    some of the comments weren’t published because they included politics… and now guess what everyone is talkign politics..

    Dear Kipp did your rules change on this website or what???

  102. katia on November 1, 2009 9:19 am

    no one said that we – lebanese -do not accept criticism; we are open,we do accet anything, we did accept refugees, we did treat all of them like brothers and sisters, we accept our differences, our failures, we accept it all. …but you cannot generalise when you want to portray an image of a country. do all girls wear short mini skirts? i dont think so, DOES YOUR SISTER WEAR A MINI SKIRT on the street? we might do if we are going out, does that makes us dangerous? dont girls wear it in paris while going out, dont they wear it in dubai to the club? or in london or anywhere is the world.

    i dont think we want to hear positivity allt he time and ohhh LEBANON IS SO PRETTY all the time…, we know where we were born ( better than the editor herself).,we know what we have in beirut, we know the nicest hotels to the cheapest ones, the nicest area to the filthy one, i dont think there is one perfect pretty country, but to be honest i dont discuss something or even i dont share my opinion if im not sure 100 % of my information and facts, i personally had a lot of my foreighn friends visiting in lebanon, took them everywhere, baalbek, zahleh, downtown, jeita grotto, shopping, batroun, saida , tyre….etc – they satyed in a nice hotel in gemmayzeh for your info dana for 40 dollars per night, they paid their ticket from dubai for 800 DHS – did they see girls in mini skirts, YES, did they ask why we have bulleted bldgs in sum areas? SURE , but when you answer them with a little piece of history of whooever was in our country in the years back and did this, they will understand, and it will not be the image that they relate to when it comes to leb -….moreoever, they fell in love with the controversy and the differences in lebanon, how muslims and christians get together on one day, and fight the next day; and then they reconcile again… how one region/area is super conservative,and just few blocks away another area much more open…
    they saw both sides of the country; and i think there is not one country with all positive aspects. but when you want to share your humble opinion you do not generalise, you gather facts, you judge what you saw and you reserarch a little so you can have a piece of art and not a piece of what you have above…

    in all aspect of ones job, there is A HOMEWORK to be done, in any industry…when one doesnt do its own, you get such comments…and too bad DANA has that opinion of lebanon – cause when i think of Kippreport, i relate it to ” BAD editor”.

  103. Wissam on November 8, 2009 7:08 pm

    Your jealousy is killing you my dear publisher…It’s the best city in the world and your article itself is proving so….Stop bothering yourself and writing silly articles coz it won’t change a thing…IT WILL STILL BE THE BEST IN THE WORLD

  104. Ronald on July 21, 2010 11:14 am

    A note to above or below commentators… I’m Lebanese, born and bred. and i hate to break it you… Lebanon is one of the ugliest countries (esthetically, politically, and socially) on the planet… and don’t tell me about the beaches, they are dirty, expensive and hardly anything to write home about

    most Lebanese people are living in denial of reality… true we have a great party scene… but it’s nothing to be overly proud of… what is the use of a phenomenal night scene if the country itself is un-photographic and ugly once the night rises… or are you all looking at it with sobering hung over eyes???

    wake up people… Lebanon’s future and that of its youth is not in the party scene or in tourism, it’s in its infrastructure, its institutions and above all mutual social and religious respect.

    by the way i think the criticism in the article is perfectly weighed, and to the point and not at all offensive… those of you who find it wrong go get yourself an lesson in logic

  105. Troy on July 22, 2010 9:29 am

    @ Ronald : well said… from another lebanese, born and bred.
    We will never have a home in leb, merely houses and gemmayze. Khalas its over. People need to wake up and acknowledge the issue in order to solve it.


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