During the Abu Dhabi Culture Summit, panelists agreed that the restoration of war-torn country's heritage is at the heart of economic development. They added that Iraq's al-Nuri Mosque in Mosul was a symbol of hope for the embattled community.
The Armenian district in Beirut, previously a vibrant center of craftsmanship and culture in the country, is going through a decline due to a lack of government planning, with only a few artisans escaping the downturn.
The Syrian conflict has seen many artists move to Beirut, using the capital to strengthen the artistic link between the two countries, a phenomenon explored by "Moussem Cities: Damascus starts in Beirut."
A youth initiative in Beirut called Fabric Aid collects used clothing, cleans it, and sells them at affordable prices to Syrian refugees and poor Lebanese citizens. The prices of each article does not surpass $1.
Lebanon heads to general elections for the first time in nine years. This is the first elections to include the 82k expat voters, totaling the total registered voters at 3.6 million. This election also sees a new Electoral system in which voters will vote twice, once for coalitions and once for the candidate.