Cairo vs Beirut

Cairo and Beirut, these are two great Arab cities that have stayed with me. When I compare the two it is not for the purpose of choosing one over the other, but to highlight the qualities that make them special. I spent around ten days each in these two places. I was in Cairo in March 2013 and […]

Why I thought Lebanon was the Middle East’s Playground

Recently I spent 10 days in Lebanon. There were 6 reasons why I thought this tiny country was the Middle East’s playground. Not just because it was a fun place, but also because it was possible to see a range of religions, ideologies, conflicts in action. 1) Mar Mikhael Beirut is a party town, hedonist and liberal. This is particularly the case in […]