Xclusive SARL presents The Red Carpet Classic Auto Festival 2013 at the Temple of Adonis Faqra with the collaboration of the Kfardebian Municipality. On April 6 and 7, skileb.com team enjoyed covering a classic car and fashion show at one of the most luxurious and at the same time historic locations in Lebanon. This event was sponsored by Infiniti and Chateau Ksara (Wine Tasting). The location was simply enchanting, as we were surrounded by the snow melting mountains of Kfardebian and the music rocked the skies for a one-of-a-kind atmosphere.
About the organizers:
Xclusive SARL is an experienced Automotive Events and Media company that has been responsible for the most daring and creative automotive events in Lebanon. It is the company behind the fast growing “Arab Tuning” online magazine. Xclusive’s savoir-faire follows the company excellent relationship with drivers and owners of cars and motorcycles, in addition to a unique approach for topics and magazine articles.
Lebanon is known for its mountain chain which, by summer, is an escape from the city heat and chaos, and ,in winter, is the perfect snowy haven for skiers and snowboarders. There are 6 major ski resorts scattered atop Lebanon’s mountains. Each resort is known for a certain characteristic specific to its location and surroundings.
The Cedars is 130 km away from Beirut. Its top altitude is 3086 m! The Cedars has 5 ski lifts and a range of different slopes with some suitable for beginners. You will also find numerous restaurants, pubs, and clubs to enjoy your apres-ski experience.
Just 62 km away from Beirut, Laqlouq has a an altitude of 1920 m at its highest peek. There are 9 lifts on-site and all levels of expertise are welcome to enjoy the snow. You will also find on-site restaurants where you can enjoy your lunch break between ski runs.
Mzaar is just 46 km away from the Beirut International Airport. It boasts 18 lifts and 42 slopes with 82 km of ski tracks. At 2465 m altitude, the view from Mzaar’s mountaintops is breathtaking! There are slopes suitable for amateurs as well as expert skiers. Check out the area’s attractions; there are plenty of restaurants, pubs, cafes, and clubs to keep you busy after your ski adventure. Check out some hotels in Mzaar; it’s never too early to reserve your room!
Faqra is 43 km away from Lebanon’s capital, Beirut. The ski resort is built on privately owned land and has been around since 1974. With an altitude of 1980 m, Faqra is a great choice for your ski getaway. Make sure you leave time to enjoy the region’s other attractions such as restaurants and nightlife hubs.
45 km away from Beirut, Qanat Bakish, at 2050 m high, is an old village that built its first ski lift in 1967. This well preserved town is a great place to enjoy your secluded ski getaway. There are many restaurants where you can enjoy a nice lunch and snacks throughout your day.
The closest ski resort to Beirut, Zaarour is one of the smallest yet fun-packed resort in Lebanon. With an altitude of 2000 m and 7 ski lifts, Zaarour ski resort is a privately owned ski club. There are slopes constructed for all levels of skiing and snowboarding skills.
Lebanon’s summers are filled with activities, events, and festivals! Don’t miss out on this year’s Faqra, Kfardebian Festival, Atargatis…
The traditional Lebanese festival will present a great range of local song, dance, and food from July 27th 2012 – August 15th 2012.
Friday, July 27: Festival Opening – Traditional Lebanese Night with Zaffe, dancing, and singing. Free Entrance Saturday, July 28: Concert- Najwa Karam, Melhem Zein, and Rabih Baroud. Tickets sold at Virgin Megastore. Sunday, July 29:Children’s theater show. 6:30 pm/Free Entrance
Saturday, August 4: Classical Lebanese orchestral show. 9:00 pm/Free Entrance
Friday, August 10: The Santa Maria Choir’s Lebanese patriotic songs and anthems. 9:00 pm/Free Entrance Saturday, August 11: A surprise show! Sunday, August 12: Rudy Rahme (painter, sculptor, poet) 9:00 pm/Free Entrance
Wednesday, August 15:Traditional Lebanese Zajal and Dinner. 9:00 pm/Free Entrance
This is the second part of a short series of posts highlighting the best aspects of Lebanon’s top ski resorts. We aim to give you an oversight of some of the options available to you when planning a skiing holiday in Lebanon. Whether you’re planning a return to the slopes, or are looking to try out something completely new, we’re confident that you’ll find something to suit your tastes.
In our last update we looked at the resorts of Laqlouq, Mzaar and the Cedars. You can read part one here.
Faqra, also known as Faqra Club, is located some 50km to the North East of Beirut. This makes it easily accessible from the capital’s main airport and also makes it ideally suitable for shorter breaks for those operating out of Beirut itself.
Faqra is a smaller resort with around 4 lifts, but it has a lot to offer to visitors. The resort’s main hotel, l’Auberge de Faqra, boasts excellent facilities including a heated swimming pool, squash courts and a sauna – the perfect way to relax after a hard day on the slopes.
The resort has an unusual claim to fame – the remains of a Roman temple are located nearby. These historical relics are a testament to Faqra’s enduring popularity – even the ancients recognised it as a wonderful location!
Located close to Faqra, Qanat Bakish is a quiet, picturesque resort. While it doesn’t have as much to offer by way of nightlife when compare to some of the busier tourist hotspots, what it lacks in hustle and bustle is more than made up for by its tranquillity.
Home to just three lifts, it’s probably fair to say that Qanat Bakish is an acquired taste. If you’re looking for challenging runs or adrenaline pumping action, you’d be better off opting for a resort such as Mzaar.
But if you’re looking for the perfect place to get away from it all and relax with some gentle runs, this could be your ideal destination. Like Faqra, Qanat Bakish is near to Beirut, making it perfect for short breaks. Its relatively high altitude also ensures quality snow.
We hope you’ve enjoyed our brief look at the highlights of Lebanon’s ski resorts. With winter just around the corner, now’s the perfect time to be planning your ski getaway. If any of these resorts have taken your fancy, we recommend getting in touch straight away to discuss how we can put together your ideal skiing holiday.
Who is ready for the wettest, wildest, hottest event in Lebanon this summer? The fun-lovers at Sport Evasion Middle East is pairing up with the party-addicts at Rikky’z to throw the party of the summertime in Faqra, Lebanon. All of Lebanon’s VIPs will be there … don’t miss out!
Since 2007, Rikky’z bar has made itself famous for a number things: it’s the largest wood construction in the Mediterranean, it’s set at a breath-taking 1,730 meters above sea level, and it attracts the flashiest, most high-profile crowd in Lebanon. All night party people and dance lovers, this is the scene for you.
What is a mountain beach party? The minds behind this event are taking the best of the beach and moving it to high altitude for the best of both worlds. There will be plenty of fantastic surprises for the party-goers, but we’ve heard that palm trees, a wet tee shirt contest K-Lynn nurses, and 1800 square meters of sand are in the works. Be sure to bring your towel – this “beach” party is on the decks of the decadent Rikky’z pools, and you will get WET!
Mark your calendar for Sunday, July 31 and be sure to reserve in advance. Party tickets are $60 for open food and open bar. To RSVP just call 03 12 02 01 or 09 30 10 10.
Be sure to book a hotel in Mzaar for a place to crash in the early morning after a crazy summer party you’ll be lucky to remember. We recommend l’Auberge de Faqra. Or, to continue your rockstar night in five-star luxury, opt for the glamourous Mzaar Intercontinental nearby.
UPDATE: This event was a splashing success! Check out these hot photos. Lookin’ good, Lebanon