Lebanese Dubai

For such a tiny country, Lebanon’s people have a huge impact on the rest of the world Comments

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Simon Kachar, 27, business consultant

‘I come from Kornet Chehwan, a typical Lebanese village with pine trees – it couldn’t be more different from Dubai with its enormous buildings. Lebanon is home, but Dubai offers me more experience. I came to advance my career as a business development consultant, before hopefully taking home everything I’ve learned to help educate Lebanese institutions and companies.

‘My mates had compared Dubai to New York – fast-paced and bursting with opportunities and I was finally tempted here in July 2008. It has a fantastic reputation for its hospitality – everyone here is so friendly. Being Lebanese, you carry around 6,000 years of culture and that’s well respected.

‘I have friends from all over, but my closest circle are Lebanese – that’s normal, because you have an inbuilt understanding of people from your own country. I miss Lebanon but there’s plenty here to absorb. I’d like to see better urban planning and a deeper cultural identity within the arts, but life is good – I’m single, enjoying meeting friends. Lebanese supermarkets are on my doorstep, such as Lifco on Sheikh Zayed Road. There’s no specific Lebanese community here, so we tend to head to JBR’s The Walk. But generally, if you want to find us, we’ll be wherever the nightlife is!’

By Jeremy Lawrence
Time Out Dubai,

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Posted by: NICOLE on 03 May ' 09 at 11:35

Lebanon has certainly a big impact on the rest of the world since as we can see from these posts, it made interest for everyone, from all over the world!

Posted by: Tony AG on 30 Apr ' 09 at 07:10

Nice write up reflecting what we currently know and appreciate about the Lebanese lifestyle, always in pursuit of fun, and entertainment. I fail to see exactly the author's point on how Lebanon has impacted the rest of the world? I sure would like to see that as the poor Lebanese society is being torn apart by sectarian strife and a very week economy.
I think what the author should have focused on is how some Lebanese economic, social, and cultural moghuls (if any) had truly impacted the wolrd....and not by saying "you see lebanese whereever there is a nightlife.....

Posted by: Mike on 29 Apr ' 09 at 06:17

I would like to correct some of the wrong info posted by Mr. Andrew.
Lebanon was an independent entity within the Ottoman empire, parts were being annexed to the state of Damascus sometimes to the state of Aleppo. But one can't ignore the fact the long before the Ottoman empire, Lebanon stood as an independent entity in a way or another for more than 6000 yrs. Lebanon was mentioned 75 times in the old testament. The city states of old Phoenicia are proof enough of the long lasting independence Lebanon exercised over the years. Saying that Lebanon was part of Syria until the 20th century is like saying France was part of Germany until the end of the WWII !!!!!

Posted by: Manoj on 28 Apr ' 09 at 21:55

Usually a write-up is blown out into the detailed article. Could the author explain ' how and what is the impact of Lebanon on the whole world?

Posted by: Jon. H on 28 Apr ' 09 at 13:07

Andrew you are wrong, let me correct you, Lebanon was recognised long before the French and Ottoman empire ever existed, The Cedars of Lebanon were mentionned in the holy Bible...
The rest of your post is ok.

Posted by: Ali Hasan on 28 Apr ' 09 at 10:11

Lebanon is a piece of heaven, to me its the most beautiful country on earth and has the best people in terms of conduct, culture, ethics and respect.

Posted by: Andrew on 28 Apr ' 09 at 06:38

Add-on: the name: Lebanon, was not recognized in history until 1920!.
Lebanon was part of the Ottoman Empire for over 400 years, in a region known as Greater Syria, until 1918 when the area became a part of the French Mandate of Syria following World War I. On 1 September 1920, France formed the State of Greater Lebanon as one of several ethnic enclaves within Syria. Lebanon was a largely Christian (mainly Maronite) enclave but also included areas containing many Muslims and Druze. On 1 September 1926, France formed the Lebanese Republic. The Republic was afterward a separate entity from Syria (related to the country Syria) but still administered under the French Mandate of Syria.

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