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How Instagram’s ‘Rich Kids of Beirut’ spend their fortunes

Lebanon is the 12th most billionaire-dense country in the world, according to Business Insider — and the country’s most affluent children sure know how to spend their family fortunes.

The Instagram page @richkidsdebeirut shows off the day-in-the-life of Lebanon’s elite.

From imported cars to expensive designer clothes, the small Mediterranean nation has its fair share of rich kids.

The only problem these kids have is choosing which car to take for the day.

Some of the cars are customized and imported from other countries, like Dubai.

Courtesy of @dubaiamazingcars

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The best views money can buy.

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Enjoying Eid in style.

Savoring the beautiful Mediterranean sunset.

Couple goals.

Before takeoff.

Champagne overlooking over the city.

Champagne over Beirut 🥂 #richkidsofbeirut #rkob #beirut

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WATCH: Epic wedding entrance captures Lebanese and Assyrian cultures!

As we’ve shown you before, Lebanese tend to take things a step further with their weddings. This epic fusion of Assyrian and Lebanese cultures is no exception!

In their most recent video, the Australian-based YouTube channel Iconic Films captured Anthony and Karolin’s wedding, and showcased the best of their Lebanese and Assyrian cultures.

The Iconic Films team captures weddings around the world and “are passionate about constantly challenging themselves from a creative and technological aspect.”

Congratulations to Anthony and Karolin!

Watch the incredible wedding entrance here:

You can also watch the full wedding, by clicking here.

Viral video showcases Lebanon’s beauty, landmarks by drone

Lebanon’s most recognizable landmarks are showcased by beautiful overhead shots in a new viral video from the UNILAD Adventure Facebook page.

The page is based in the United Kingdom and showcases exquisite footage from countries around the world.

In a recent post, the page posted drone footage of Lebanon’s most visited areas with the caption, “Who knew Lebanon was so stunning.”

In less than 24 hours the video post accumulated over 1.2 million views and 35 thousand likes.

The footage UNILAD used was obtained from the YouTube channel Two Wheels Across.

Commissioned by the Lebanese Ministry of Tourism, the channel “spent summer months filming Lebanon from Above, including its rural, urban, cultural touristic and historical location, as well as the amazing number of festivals.”

WATCH: Full original drone video:

Sony Pictures acquires Lebanese film “Capernaum” ahead of Cannes

Sony Pictures Classics has acquired North and Latin American rights to Lebanese film “Capernaum,” one of the top contenders for the Palme d’Or award, Variety reports.

Capernaum tells the story of a young boy who sues his parents for “giving me life in a world of pain and suffering.”

The movie comes from Lebanese director Nadine Labaki who previously directed “Where Do We Go Now?”

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“Where Do We Go Now?” was distributed by Sony Pictures Classics, and won a special mention at Cannes in 2011.

Sony Pictures said the 44-year-old director is “one of the world’s great filmmakers.”

“(Capernaum) is an emotionally profound experience about the world we live in and promises to be a triumph in Cannes,” Sony Pictures added. “Nadine Labaki’s moment as writer-director is here and now.”

Lebanon: ‘Best party place,’ says guy who visited every country

American traveler Sal Lavallo, 26, has visited every country in the world, and he describes Lebanon as the “best party place.”

He recently published a video on Facebook where he briefly describes the experiences and takeaways from the nations he has been to.

The 25th country he describes on his list is Lebanon, and he says, “Lebanon is the best party place.”

Lebanon is known throughout the Middle East to have one of the best nightlife atmospheres in the region. Beirut hosts some of the best clubs, including Iris, White and Pier 7 Beirut.

To learn more about Sal and more about his journeys around the world, click here.

Lebanese-American prosecutor runs for California State Assembly

Bill Essayli, the son of Lebanese-American immigrants, is looking to unseat the incumbent in California’s 60th State Assembly election this fall.

The former federal prosecutor, a Republican, announced his bid for California legislature at a gas station in his district. The announcement was livestreamed on his Facebook page.

His opponent Assemblywoman Sabrina Cervantes, a Democrat, voted to increase the gas tax in California, he says.

While working in the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Essayli took part in the investigation of the 2015 San Bernardino terrorist attack, and assisted in a case against a Santa Barbara doctor who over-prescribed opiates to his patients.

To visit his official page and learn more about him, click here.

Day3a of the Day: Tyre

Tyre (صور) is a coastal city, in South Lebanon, about 81 KM (50 miles) south of the capital Beirut. It is best known for the Roman Hippodrome, which is a part of UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites.

According to estimates, Tyre is the fourth largest city in Lebanon after Beirut, Tripoli and Sidon. It is home to about 60,000 Tyrians and hosts Lebanon’s second largest port.

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Tyre is composed of a large majority of Shia Muslims with a significant Christian minority. Many Lebanese Americans are descendants from the city, and some still have family living in the city.

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During the day, residents stroll the beach and fish around the harbor. At night, people walk the streets and enjoy delicious street food and find relaxing areas to smoke hookah.

Tourism is a major industry in the city. Many shops have come to expect Westerners to come during the summer while they are touring the Roman ruins and the King Hiram Tomb.

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Renowned Italian architect to design historical museum in Beirut

A well-known Italian architect will design a new historical museum in downtown Beirut, according to Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri.

Architect Renzo Piano will begin working on the museum, which will cover about 12,000 square-meters, or 130,000 square-feet, reports CLADnews, a speciality architecture news outlet.

Piano has designed a seven-story glass building that will stretch from Martyrs Square to the coastline. He is best known for being part of world-famous designs such as the New York Times building, Kansai International Airport and Aurora Place in Sydney.

The project is funded by the the Kuwait Fund for Economic Development, and will work in collaboration with the Beirut Municipality, Solidere and the Lebanese Council for Development and Reconstruction, Hariri added.

The museum is expected to include archaeological artifacts discovered by United Nations excavations conducted between 1993 and 1997. It will feature artifacts that have passed through Beirut since the Bronze Age, Canaanite, Ottoman and Modern times, a development news outlet reports.

“As we build a modern city, we are keen to preserve the heritage, because preserving identity and history is a solid foundation for building the future,” Hariri added.

Hariri believes the museum is scheduled to take three years to build.

To learn more about the plans, click here.

Political ads on a Lebanese talk show can cost up to $240,000!

As Lebanon gears up for its first parliamentary elections in 9 years, candidates are spending big money on their last-minute push to garner recognition and get people out to vote.

According to the AFP news agency, advertising on a single Lebanese talk show episode can cost up to $240,000. This includes a full episode where a candidate can present their plans and ideas.

An on-air interview can cost about $6,000 per minute, the AFP added.

Laury Haytayan, a parliamentary candidate in the Beirut I district, believes the high-cost of advertising gives political power-players an unfair advantage.

“The people who can pay $200,000 for advertising are those who are already in power,” Haytayan said. “The traditional parties remain control.”

See also: Historic number of female candidates running in the Lebanese election.

According to the Lebanese National News Agency, the parliamentary elections are already showing historic numbers. This will be the first time Lebanese citizens abroad will be eligible to vote.

The state-run agency said the number of registered voters is 82,970, with 12,609 living in the Middle East.

To see more on the AFP report on political advertising in Lebanon, click here.

Record number of women running in Lebanese parliamentary elections

A total of 111 women are running for office in Lebanon’s parliamentary elections, according to the state-run Lebanese National News Agency. This is up from 12 from the last time nationwide elections were held back in 2009.

There are 976 total candidates running for 128 parliamentary seats.

Among the 111 female candidates are high-profile journalist Paula Yaacoubian, activist Nayla Geagea and lawyer Nadine Moussa.

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Many of the Lebanon’s youth hope that more female candidates and elected officials can ignite change in the Lebanese political system. Only three percent of Lebanon’s parliament is made up of women, NNA added.

The election is set for May 6, but early voting is already happening around the world. Lebanese citizens living in the Middle East, United States, Australia and Europe are scheduled to vote from April 27 to April 29.

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