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African Drumming at TEDxBeirut

Awesome performance at TEDx that took place in Beirut on November 2012.

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Learn Lebanese Arabic with Abjadiye

Abjadiye is yet another online tutorial to learn the Lebanese dialect, for those abroad having a Lebanese friend or family you want to get closer to.

Learn Lebanese Arabic with Abjadiye

 

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Learn Lebanese Arabic with Keefak

Did you always want to learn Arabic Lebanese language? Well, now there is an iPhone/Android app for that: Keefak

Unlike most other tutorials that focus on the literal written Arabic (with ubiquitous words like شُكراً Shukran and عَفواً Afwan) that is not exactly close to the spoken dialect spoken in Lebanon, this app aims to teach you the Lebanese-Arabic dialect. Read the rest of this entry »

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تنفيس دواليب

You park here, we deflate your tires

تنفيس دواليب

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A synagogue reborn in Beirut

Religious Tolerance: In America the controversy over the building the Islamic Center near Ground Zero has not let up. Read the rest of this entry »

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Arguile Cafes vs. Salim Slam Tunnel

Sitting in a place that serves Arguileh (waterpipe) is like sitting in Salim Slem Tunnel. Literally!

Tunnel Air Quality

The National Tobacco Control Program recently carried out an Air Quality test inside Salim Slem Tunnel to measure the level of pollution emitted by car exhausts during the busiest time of day. The machine used (called SidePak) manages to capture ultra fine particles. These tiny particles go deep into the lungs and are easily absorbed into the bloodstream.

According to the World Health Organization, humans should be exposed to 25 ìg/m³ (25 particles per million) of these particles or less, to be considered in a safe and healthy environment. One would expect that the notorious tunnel would host ‘off the chart’ measurements. The test result proved this case when it recorded a 429 ìg/m³ which falls into the “Hazardous levels” according to the WHO.

The surprise came after comparing this result with tests previously done in 15 restaurants that served Arguileh, in which the measurements averaged at 376 ìg/m³. Well into the “Hazardous” range, the average air quality result for these restaurants was very close to that of Salim Slem tunnel. Six of these restaurants even had higher levels than Salim Slem, with one reaching a maximum of 723 ìg/m³!

The difference between the two locations, is that in a restaurant that serves Arguileh, you sit for hours, while it takes less than a minute to pass through Salim Slem Tunnel (most of the time with windows closed). Read the rest of this entry »

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Beirut Airport Adds Free internet Wi-Fi!

The Minister of Telecommunications Eng. Charbel Nahhas announced yesterday that he worked very closely with the Beirut International Airport to provide free Wi-Fi as a holiday gift now through September 15, 2010.

Additionally, as a result of this project, the airport will begin offering airport-wide free Wi-Fi indefinitely, starting next year :)

Beirut International AirportIn the process of regulating the internet, and fostering freedom of expression in Lebanon, the Ministry Of Telecommunications in Lebanon added free on top of paid Wi-Fi: The authority decided to put out $90K for equipment and foot a $41K per year bill for service with 15 Mbps backhaul to handle what they believe will be 1,000 daily users.
Several companies are working with the airport on providing advertising.

Because we care about our families abroad, we are very happy to extend our Wi-Fi Holiday gift to the millions of people who will spend time in airports over the next few months,” said Eng. Charbel Nahhas

Telecommunications should not be a revenue stream for the government. We know that this is a very hectic travel season for Lebanese expatriates, and we hope that free Wi-Fi will make both traveling and connecting with friends and family a little bit easier.”

“Free and open access to the Internet has been a key passenger service initiative since the beginning of this year. The involvement of sponsors such as ESSA (Electronic Signatures and Services Authority) helps to ensure we can continue to keep Wi-Fi free.”

Just bring a WiFi-enabled laptop or mobile device and stay connected to family and friends for free while you travel!

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A new bike trail in Beirut

Beirut inaugurated its first bike trail a few weeks ago.

Although it is a small loop inside the city, and that it is only opened for a few hours on Sundays, it is nevertheless a small step forward towards a green and sustainable transport mentality in the ‘my car is bigger than yours’ society, and a victory for the bikers in Lebanon.

According to The Daily Star, this bike lane covers Tripoli Street of the Beirut Souks and Patriarch Howayek Street.

Here is an illustrative map for those who have no clue where those streets are

Beirut Bike Trail Map

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Learn Arabic in Beirut, with Saifi

Saifi Arabic Institute specializes in teaching the Lebanese Arabic Dialect, and Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) to non-native speakers working, studying, visiting or just enjoying Beirut, Lebanon.

About Saifi

Saifi Institute offers flexible and customized group lessons for young professionals. It is active primarily in teaching non-Arabs, and Arabs who grew up overseas, to communicate easily in Arabic countries.  In addition Saifi is involved in developing the grammar, vocabulary and spelling for the Lebanese dialect to be taught in a coherent and systematic curriculum.
Saifi was opened in 2008 by Rana Dirani and now has a staff of three full time teachers, and several part time teachers.  Saifi Institute for Arabic Language is registered with the Lebanese Ministry of Finance, and operates according to labor and intellectual property laws in Lebanon.

Saifi History

Saifi Institute for Arabic Language was established by Rana Dirani in January of 2008 in one room with one teacher.  Rana, who has been teaching Arabic since 2000, and doing mental planning for Saifi since at least 2005, finally decided to start her own school when the opportunity arose to take a room at Rootspace a shared office-space.  In August 2008 Saifi expanded into is current location.
Saifi teaches people from all walks of life from all over the world – journalists, NGO workers, volunteers and even Embassadors attend Saifi Institute.  The school now has three classrooms and three teachers, and plan are underway for a new location.
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1st Annual Lebanese Bloggers Convention @ AUB

Update: Date is changed to May 19

Location: American University of Beirut – West Hall: Auditorium A

Yet another opportunity to get updated on technology and social issues:

lebanese-bloggers-convention-aub-updatedin coordination with Outlook, AUB’s official newspaper, Mind Soup is hosting the first Lebanese Bloggers Convention at AUB.
 
During the convention/workshop, Lebanese guest bloggers will introduce the world of blogging to students and encourage them to express their ideas and opinions using personal blogs.
 
Also on the agenda is discussing the impact of blogging on the freedom of speech in Lebanon and the effect of blogging on the Lebanese society and culture.
 
Everyone is welcome to attend! If you are a non-AUB student and would like to attend, please send an email to moudz.mindsoup@gmail.com so that your access to AUB’s closed campus can be facilitated!

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