Shouf Cedar Nature Reserve

1. In July 2005, UNESCO declared the Shouf Cedar Nature Reserve a "Biosphere Reserve" under the name of Shouf Biosphere Reserve (SBR). Tell us about what that means and how has it changed the presence and operations of the reserve?

In July 2005, UNESCO declared the Shouf Cedar Nature Reserve a "Biosphere Reserve" called the Shouf Biosphere Reserve (SBR) with an area of approximately 50,000 hectare - or 5% of the total area of Lebanon. A Biosphere Reserve is an area of land that is protected by law in order to support the conservation of ecosystems, as well as the sustainability of human’s impact on the environment. Biosphere reserves should contain one or more core zones, buffer zones, and a transition zone to accommodate their multiple functions.

 1. Core zone of the SBR is about 161 sq km. The main conservation objectives of the core zone are the protection and rehabilitation of the SBRs natural and cultural values.
 2. Buffer zone of the SBR is about 54 sq km. It surrounds the core zone(s) where only activities compatible with the conservation objectives can take place.
 3. Transition zone (development zone) of the SBR is about 233 sq km. It includes all the villages surrounding the SBR where sustainable resource management practices are promoted.
Through this nomination the reserve became more internationally recognized which opened many international collaborations to achieve the reserve’s mission on conservation, socio-economic development etc…
Also this allowed the SBR to join international networks like IUCN, ARAB MAB, etc…and being part of these networks ensured a good exchange of knowledge and practices between SBR and other international reserves.
And now SBR became a well-known research site for many international students and is helping to meet the scientific, economic, educational, cultural and recreational needs of the present and coming generations.

2. What activities does the reserve organize around the year, especially in terms of ensuring outreach to the whole Lebanese community?

The reserve organizes local festivals in the SBR nearby villages, where locals from all over the villages participate. Those festivals stress on reviving the authenticity of the region and include traditional rural dinners, musical concerts, walking in nature etc..
Also the reserve hosts the Meshwar Me3 Meghwar annual hike that attracted last year around 7000 participants from all over Lebanon.
Reforestation days are organized where many local community members, NGOs, schools, public and private sectors participate in the plantation and restoration of some sites. Recently a big reforestation day was organized in the SBR with more than 1000 participant and around 5000 seedlings were planted, this was done in collaboration with other partners (LRI, Byblos Bank, etc.)
Adding to this, the reserve organizes some special events as the musical trail, where hikers and nature lovers from all Lebanon can hike while enjoying live musicians playing their instruments along the trails.


3. What are the special species that live inside the reserve? How old is the oldest tree at the reserve?

The SBR harbors a rich flora, many of them medicinal, edible, and aromatic plants. The reserve is home to many internationally and nationally threatened species; some are endemic to Lebanon or the Syria/Lebanon/Turkey area; others are rare species; and also some species that are restricted to the Eastern Mediterranean or Middle East area.
The birdlife of the Shouf Mountains includes rare or endemic birds such as the Syrian serin (Serinus syriacus), Eagle owl, Chukar partridge, Longlegged buzzard, etc.
Furthermore, the reserve is one of the last remaining areas in Lebanon where larger mammals that once roamed the region can still be found, such as the wolf, wild boar and the caracal which appeared recently.
The SBR, however, is most famous for hosting the largest stands of Lebanese cedar (Cedrus libani) in the country. The Cedar of Lebanon is a highly symbolic, world-famous conifer tree, and one of the most cited plants in history, religion and mythology. The SBR hosts about 620 hectares of cedar forest, which are largely confined to the steeper and less accessible areas. SBR hosts one of the oldest trees which is around 2000 years old. Nowadays the cedar forest, protected from grazing and other human interference, is showing clear signs of natural regeneration.
Whereas the cedars are found at the higher altitude of the western slopes of the Shouf, the lower altitudes and eastern slopes are the domain of evergreen and broadleaf East Mediterranean oaks, such as Quercus infectoria, Quercus calliprinos, and Quercus brandti sp. Look – an endemic subspecies to the Reserve. Many of the oak forests have been subject to regular harvesting for firewood and charcoal production, resulting in extensive areas of coppiced oak woodland and low forest with shrub vegetation covering most of the remaining areas.

4. As we know, the Shouf Biosphere Reserve is the main reserve in Lebanon covering around 50,000 hectares of land that are equivalent to 5% of the Lebanese territory. How do you maintain the security and wellness of the trees all over the reserve?

The reserve has a special program known as the Integrated Monitoring Program [IMP] which was formulated to pave the way for the implementation of successful adaptive management principles relying on developed tools such as a monitoring program, plant diversity databases, spatial analysis models and vegetation maps.
These tools assist the management team in evaluating on-site status and ecological trends of the reserve. The main categories covered area; flora, birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and insects. And through this program, field patrols are done where all biodiversity and violations from hunting, sites degradation, vandalism etc...are recorded for corrective actions and measures to be taken when needed. Moreover, the reserve’s research and monitoring team does regular monitoring field visits to ensure the health and wellness of trees and the reserve’s biodiversity wealth.


5. April 22 is the Earth Day, how do you celebrate it?

April 22 is celebrated through raising environmental awareness and spreading knowledge on the importance of preserving our mother Earth. This is done, through highlighting this day on the reserve’s social media platforms and on the entrances.


6. The world is experiencing climate change today. Consequently, what are the major challenges that are/would be facing SBR and the species living within and how are these handled?

Lebanon is particularly vulnerable to the present and future impact of climate change, and the Second National Communication of the Lebanese Government to the UNFCCC calls for the implementation of experiences of forestation/restoration that can maximize the resilience of the ecosystem to the foreseen impacts, including forest fires. The main challenge regarding climate change in the Mediterranean region will be the increase in frequency, magnitude and severity of extreme weather events: drought periods, heat weaves, annual rainfall concentrated in short periods of heavy precipitation events, strong winds. The consequences of such changes can be large-scale forest fires, massive forest dieback and pests, and large-scale floods, and forests will be adversely affected by this climate change.
Thus over the past three years, the reserve has been engaged in forestation/restoration work that seeks to address the threat that climate change is posing around the Mediterranean Basin.
The reserve has developed a pilot Adaptation and Restoration Plan (ARP) that covers an ecological corridor connecting the Beqaa Valley and the Ammiq wetland in the east to the western slopes of the Shouf Mountains. So far, the pilot work has been implemented in several sites along the corridor, with a mix of forestation and landscape restoration techniques with more than 150 hectares. The process included the formulation of participatory forestation/restoration protocols and their implementation, and the development of monitoring and management plans, entrusted to a consortium including the Municipalities, the local communities, and the authorities of SBR.
And now, the forested/restored plots are standing out as a model best practice for up scaling and replication. Also we focus on building the capacities of the locals within SBR region and villages where we have initiated Forest Management Committees that are empowered to develop, restore, monitor and manage forest and woodland ecosystems as a way for sustainable ecosystem management process.


7. How can university students participate in supporting the mission of the SBR?

The core mission of Al-Shouf Cedar Society (ACS) is the conservation of the natural and cultural heritage of the Shouf Biosphere Reserve, in cooperation with the local institutions and communities, through the development and implementation of environmental, awareness and rural development activities.
And thus students can support this mission by increasing their engagement and participation in the awareness activities that are organized all year round and through spreading the conservation concepts each within his community and family. If we can ensure active and positive involvement from our students, then we can ensure a coming generation of environmental leaders.


MUBS First Cybersecurity Symposium

Under the patronage of HE the Minister of Telecommunications Mr. Jamal Jarrah, MUBS organized the First Cybersecurity Symposium. The symposium gathered more than 120 experts from industry, academia, and government to share and discuss the latest research and findings related to cybersecurity, information assurance, and risk management.
H.E. Minister of Telecommunications, Mr. Jamal Al Jarrah, in his speech at the Cybersecurity Symposium at Modern University for Business and Science, expressed how aware the Ministry is that the world is on a change express train and Cybersecurity is one of the most crucial topics to be considered for risk mitigation. H.E. Mr. Jarrah also announced a strategic developmental plan for Student Internet access soon to be implemented.
H.E. Mr. Jarrah noted the initiative of MUBS in this domain, making use of its great potential parallel with that of its students.
In the opening statement, General Chair of the Symposium, Dr. Bassem Kaissi explained the seriousness of the topic, and the role of the universities in awareness and finding solutions and alternatives. Dr. Kaissi mentioned that cybersecurity is a collective responsibility where all stakeholders need to work together to address cybercrime and cybersecurity issues across Lebanon in a more effective manner.
Chairman of the Board of MUBS, Dr. Hatem Alami, in his speech, explained the impact of Cybersecurity, or the lack of it, on the Business industry, and the significance of cooperation between the government and the private sector, highlighting the role of Higher Education in pinpointing current and future issues under the influence of higher education social responsibility and expertise in research.
Dr. Soubhi Abou Chahine, representative of Director General of Higher Education, Dr. Ahmad Jammal, illuminated on the role of Higher Education in setting the foundations to dealing with similar concerns, emphasizing the interest of the General Directorate to support all initiatives that address contemporary issues. Dr. Abou Chahine also related to the efforts of the Ministry to deal with relevant files and the importance of developing information systems of best quality and administrative efficiency.
For the first session, participating university representatives took their turns in presenting their perspective; Dr. Imad ElHajj from American University of Beirut, Dr. Wassim Itani from Beirut Arab University and Dr. Ahmad Bazzi from Modern University for Business and Science, Dr. Mohamad Al Ladan from Rafic Hariri University and finally Ms. Nisrin Al Khatib from ISACA association.
Head of the Cybercrime and Intellectual Property Bureau, Major Suzan Hajj took the podium addressing the challenges facing Lebanon and the need of Internet use awareness and risk mitigation to all users especially to younger ones, referring to real-life examples, and highlighting the role of the Bureau in cooperating with the Central Bank of Lebanon and other banks to aid Lebanese citizens who have been impacted by Cyber theft or fraud.
The Symposium’s second session hosted Mr. Nizar Nassif from Special Investigation Commission at the Central Bank of Lebanon and Mr. Hisham Musilmany of Touch Telecom Company, Mr. Charbel Yammine of BBAC, and Mr. Khaled Dankar of Fransabank.
The Third session hosted Mr. Tarek Bohsali of Microsoft, Mr. Shadi AlKhatib from HPE , Mr. Ali ZeinEddine from Saugo 360 and Mr. Elie Zeidan from Potech Consulting.
Publication of the papers and the relevant discussions after each session is under process to achieve the greatest benefit and to create a foundation for more research and dialogue on the topic.
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MUBS Outdoors 2017!

May 7, 2017 marked one of the most exciting events of the year: MUBS Outdoors 2017!
We kicked off this year’s event in the early morning with the Spring Race, where the participants ran in the city of Aley.
This year’s outdoors, entitled the “Spring Festival”, featured stands prepared by our Marketing and Special Events Management students from Damour, Beirut, and Aley campuses. Students presented their ideas creatively in front of the audience who enjoyed the delicious food, refreshing beverages and cocktails, games, in addition to a parade! The booths were evaluated by the International School of Business (ISB) team in the presence of Mrs. Vicky Gould from Cardiff Metropolitan University in the UK.
A talent show featuring our students also took place where performers played music, sang, and performed Dabkeh shows.
The excitement continued all day long! The audience moved with Marcelino Gebrayel and his special Zumba performance that added a special flavor to our day!
Raja Nasreddine and Rodolf Hilal, our favorite TV presenters, hosted the event and interacted with the audience until the stars showed up on the stage! Shiraz, Naji Osta, and Michel Azzi set the crowd on fire with their latest hits and selected medleys of their best songs.
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MUBS Honors Major General Ibrahim Basbous

The Board of Trustees at the Modern University for Business and Science (MUBS) honored the former Director General of the Internal Security Forces, Major General Ibrahim Basbous, in a ceremony at the university campus in Damour. The Minister of Interior and Municipalities, Mr. Nohad Machnouk was represented by Brigadier General Munir Shaaban, in addition to the presence of a large number of political, religious, diplomatic, military, security, and educational figures.
The ceremony that was presented by Mr. Jihad Al Atrash commenced with the Lebanese National Anthem. Mayor of Damour, Mr. Charles Ghafari was among the first to speak and said, “I discovered the great leadership of Major General Basbous, a national official, whose priority is to provide security for all citizens, and a great human being who is dedicated to supporting the vulnerable without discrimination whatsoever.”
Chairman of the Board of Trustees at MUBS, Dr. Hatem Alamy, confirmed that when higher education institutions revere courageous sound leadership, it is paying tribute to a realistic platform that paves the road to a desired future, employing open-mindedness, spirit of change, and the grandeur of society service.”
Major General Ibrahim Basbous, on the podium, said: “It is my privilege to stand here before you, honored at the Modern University for Business and Science, an institution with values that aspires for excellence in providing knowledge and quality education to a vast segment of low-income students.” He also thanked the Minister of Interior and Municipalities Mr. Nohad Machnouk for his auspices of the ceremony and for his continuous support to the Interior Security Forces.
Brigadier General Shaaban concluded the ceremony, speaking on behalf of Minister Machnouk where he said: “I’ve known Major General Ibrahim Basbous across my years of service and through rough times. I’ve known him even more closely when he assumed the position of Commander of the Directorate General of the Internal Security Forces. My admiration to him has grown over time, respecting his humanitarian personality that was more evident than his military one, without undermining it. His most and foremost interest was protecting Lebanon from terrorism, working proficiently to activate the collaboration with different security bodies, and employing foreign expertise in the field. Major General Ibrahim Basbous succeeded in halting several terrorist attacks through precision in investing information. He relentlessly gave all his best to ensure security, stability, justice, and fairness to the distressed. He has also provided assistance to those who needed it without breaking the law, rewarded who was entitled, and held accountable those who deserved to; an attitude that reinvested trust in the Interior Security Forces of Lebanon. “

Arab Social Work Leaders Convene in Lebanon

The General Secretariat of the Arab Social Work Association in the Association of Arab Universities (AARU) and the Modern University for Business and Science (MUBS) organized, in cooperation with Al Quds Open University, its fifth scientific conference entitled "Leadership in Social Work" at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Beirut, on the 18th and 19th of April 2017 under the patronage of HE Minister of Social Affairs, Mr. Pierre Bou Assi.
The conference commenced with the Lebanese National Anthem followed by speeches by the Secretary General of the Association, Dr. Huda Sleem, who emphasized the significance of the conference in light of the current security conditions in the Arab world. Dr. Sleem shed the light on scientific research in the field of Social Work and its role in pushing forward the social workers’ mission during crisis.
MUBS Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Dr. Hatem Alamy, welcomed the attendees and discussed the importance of the cooperation between the public and the private sectors in basic and applied research in Social Work, highlighting the role of leaders’ intervention in societies to foster development.
The Secretary General of the Association of Arab Universities Dr. Sultan Abu Orabi highlighted the role of academia and research in developing paradigms of action, which in turn embodies a partnership with all specialized institutions in the field.
The President of United Ambassadors at Large in USA, Mrs. Graziella Seif, noted the importance of scientific conferences in light of the challenges facing the world.
The opening session was concluded by the representative of HE Minister of Social Affairs, Mr. Antoine Zakhia’s speech, highlighting the effectiveness of the Arab research component in mitigating the repercussions of crises in the field.
The conference was attended by more than 200 representatives of the security, judicial, religious and diplomatic institutions, as well as a number of Arab researchers from Jordan, Palestine, Egypt, Kuwait, Qatar, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Oman, Morocco, United Arab Emirates and leading social institutions in Lebanon. Ms. Raneem Bou Khzam moderated the conference that included 8 sessions on Social Work Leadership.
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Cooperation Agreement between MUBS and FransaBank

In an effort to increase access to higher education through the educational loans supported by Banque Du Liban (BDL), MUBS, represented by the Chairman of the Board of Trustees Dr. Hatem Alamy, signed a cooperation agreement with Fransabank, represented by the Deputy General Manager, Head of Retail & Branch Network, Mr. Philippe el Hajj.
The agreement incorporated collaboration between the University and the Bank in terms of providing loans to MUBS students, in addition to offering training courses to Fransabank employees by MUBS trainers.
The ceremony that took place at MUBS campus in Spears was attended by MUBS President Dr. Ali Cheaib, MUBS Vice President for Administrative Affairs Mrs. Sahira Mtaweh, MUBS Public Relations Director Mrs. Hikmat Ghanem Daou, in addition to the Head of Retail Products & Services at Fransabank Mr. Elie Semaan and the Head of Product and Business Development Mr. Fouad Abi Ramia.

Optometry Meeting at the Ministry of Education and Higher Education

As part of MUBS’ ongoing efforts to develop the academic programs in Optometry and Vision Science, a meeting was held at the office of the Director General of Higher Education at the Ministry of Education and Higher Education, Dr. Ahmad Al Jammal incorporating representatives of academic and vocational institutions.
Chairman of the Board of Trustees at MUBS, Dr. Hatem Alamy attended the meeting along with Mr. Ahmad Sherry, President of the Lebanese Syndicate of Opticians and Optometrists, Former President of the Lebanese Syndicate of Opticians and Optometrists Mr. George Hawat, Chairman of EMCO Optics Mr. Ghassan Awada, AUST Chairperson of Optics and Optometry Dr. Joanne Nassar, in addition to the former advisor of the Minister of Education and Higher Education Dr. and member of the technical committee at the Ministry of Education and Higher Education Dr. Sobhi Abou Chahine.
The meeting focused on the need for the academic paradigms to be aligned with the practical requirements of optometry professions in the job market, in addition to the need for constant coordination between the academic institutions and the syndicate.

SHS Seminar on "The Future of Medicine – Stem Cell Applications"

As part of the "Science in the Community" seminar series, the School of Health Sciences has organized a seminar entitled “The Future of Medicine – Stem Cell Applications” on Thursday April 6th, 2017.
The seminar was presented by Mr. Charbel Khalil, Laboratory Director at Reviva Stem Cells Research and Applications Center. In his talk, Mr. Khalil stressed on the importance of stem cells in the field of research and how laboratory studies enabled scientists to learn about the cells’ essential properties. Therefore, spreading awareness on stem cells and its future applications are essential. Mr. Khalil noted that stem cells research is expanding in Lebanon due to the efforts of the Reviva Center team. The Center provides the most advanced and innovative stem cell-based services which include umbilical cord banking.

“Zeiss Innovations” Seminar

As part of the "Science in the Community" seminar series, MUBS and IDOL (a leader in the optical sector in Lebanon), in collaboration with Zeiss, the global manufacturer of optical products and devices, have organized a seminar on Tuesday 28 March, 2017 entitled "Zeiss Innovations", presented by the marketing manager and trainer of Carl Zeiss Vision MENA region, Mr. Andreas Herrmann. Mr. Herrmann discussed the latest innovations, technologies, and breakthroughs in optical lens and device manufacturing that are shaping the future of the field of Optometry.

Seminar by the International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC)

As part of the “Science in the Community” seminar series and in accordance with its mission, the Modern University for Business & Science hosted on March 14, 2017 in its Aley campus a seminar entitled "Infant & Young Child Feeding in Emergencies". The seminar was offered by two guest speakers from IOCC (International Orthodox Christian Charities).
IOCC is an international US-based relief and development agency that offers emergency relief and development programs to those in need worldwide, without discrimination. Ms. Rana El-Hajj, IOCC's Program Coordinator, presented on the IOCC projects conducted in Lebanon since 2001. She also offered volunteering and training positions for MUBS students. Ms. Joanne Makhoul, Educational Material Consultant & Nutrition Educator at IOCC, discussed the benefits of breastfeeding to both the mother and the baby, in addition to common breastfeeding misconceptions in our society.

Association of Arab Universities’ Executive Council Board Meeting for Student Training

Earlier last week, Dr. Hatem Alamy, Chairman of the Board of Trustees at MUBS, participated in the Association of Arab Universities’ Executive Council Board meeting for Student Training that was held in Amman, Jordan. Dr. Sultan Abu Orabi, Secretary General of the Association of Arab Universities, Dr. Azmi Mahafzah, President of the University of Jordan, and the Council’s Secretary General, Dr. Ahmad Qaissiye, participated in the meeting and discussed the agenda and financial report, in addition to the preparations for the next session and the Creative Student Forum.
Dr. Alamy also visited a number of Jordanian universities, where he discussed the status and challenges of higher education, in addition to the opportunities for cooperation and academic exchange. In the same context, he visited Jordan University of Science and Technology accompanied by the Public Relations Director at the Association of Arab Universities, Mr. Waheeb Karajah. The meeting was conducted with the University’s President, Dr. Omar Jarrah, in the presence of the Vice President and the Director of Medical Specializations Dr. Mira Haddad. Both parties expressed their interest in cooperating within their mutual vision, pushing forward the potential of knowledge sharing and offering students opportunities for training especially in the field of Optometry. Dr. Alamy concluded his visit at Zarqa University where he met with the President of the university, Dr. Mahmoud Al Wadi, and a number of deans.

Dr. Jurate Cerneviciute – University of Vilnius-Lithuania

The International School of Business (ISB) at MUBS hosted Dr Jurate Cerneviciute, Professor at VGTU Creative industries faculty, from the University of Vilnius-Lithuania, as a guest speaker to the ISB students at MUBS. Dr. Jurate visited Aley and Spears campuses on Thursday April 20th, 2017 and Damour Campus on Friday April 21st, 2017. She delivered to the audience a seminar on "Community Entrepreneurship and Creative Place Making". The seminar introduced students to the new field of creative peacemaking by describing how it promotes sustainable outcomes in communities. She also explained the benefits of creative peacemaking: for economic development. A vivid Q & A session followed Dr. Jurate’s talk where students benefited from her long experience.

“Empowering Women’s Rights and Duties in the Countryside Societies”

A workshop on “Empowering Women’s Rights and Duties in the Countryside Societies” was organized by the Public Health Department at MUBS on Saturday March 4th, 2017. The workshop highlighted the results of a research study supported by the US Department of State, the American University of Beirut, and the Research Office at MUBS and led by Ms. Diana Maddah and Dr. Nisreen Alwan from the School of Health Sciences as part of the Knowledge is Power- KIP Project on Gender and Sexuality in Lebanon.
The project studied the perception of students in rural schools towards women and the perception of women themselves about their role and status within their communities. Results demonstrated a necessity of interventions, similar to the one organized in Mimess, Hasbaya. The awareness sessions tackled women's rights and empowerment in two parts, the first targeted women residing in the town, and the second addressed young school students.
The ladies attending the first part were introduced to the topics of leadership, self-efficacy and body image, economic justice, and human rights, based on the needs of the community, especially in under-served areas. In the second session, school students were provided with information and data on human rights, the important role of women in society, and their achievements. The workshop integrated activities defining the concepts of citizenship, duties, human rights, and empowerment to help attendees understand and apply these concepts in an experiential learning environment. Certificates of participation were distributed to the participants at the end of each session.
The workshop comes in line with the University’s dedicated efforts to community service and social advancement, days before International Women’s Day celebrations.

MUBS Continues Its Health Awareness Campaign: Free Check-Ups to School Students

MUBS is still visiting Lebanese Schools!! Earlier this month, the faculty members, staff, and students from the SHS visited different schools and provided FREE medical examinations, which included glucose level testing, visual acuity screening, and body composition testing of the Body Mass Index (BMI), in addition to orientation sessions for the senior students. These free services were provided by the School of Health Sciences' team of medical doctors, optometrists, and dietitians, supported by distinguished students of Public Health, Nutrition, and Optometry & Vision Science. As a sponsor to our event, Roche - Lebanon has generously offered all materials regarding glucose testing including glucose meters, strips and AC Safe T Pro Uno. The visits included: Kfarhim Official Secondary School in Kfarhim, ElChouf, Hariri High School in Beirut, Shahid Hassan Kassir School in Beirut, PMC in Beirut, and in Ras el Matn region.

MUBS Sports Tournament 2017

MUBS concluded its Annual School Sports Tournament organized by the Sports Department at its Damour campus and Shouf National College - Baakline. 250 Students from sixteen different schools, private, public and high schools of Shouf, Aley, Matn, and Saida regions competed in Mini-football, Table Tennis, and Basketball.
The tournament was concluded with a friendly basketball game between sports teachers in the Shouf region against their peers in Aley region, with Shouf team winning 36 to 25. Union referees presided over all the games with the supervision of the MUBS Sports Department Coordinator Mr. Fady Fayad.
Results were as follows:
Table Tennis - Females:
First Place:                                          Rawan Abu Hassan (Al-Arz Cultural High School)
Second Place:                                    Sarah Zebian (Shouf National College - Baaklin)
Third Place:                                         Maria Azzi and Elena Selim (Shouf National College)

Table Tennis - Male:
First Place:                                          Ibrahim Badia (Hussam El-Din Al-Hariri High School - Saida)
Second Place:                                    Bassel Daher (Hussam Al-Din Al-Hariri High School)
Third Place:                                         Mohamed Bellani (Hussam El-Din El-Hariri High School)

First Place:                                          Shouf National College
Second Place:                                    Al-Arz Cultural High School - Shemlan

Football - Males:
First Place:                                          Hussein Massoud Public High School - Bshamoun
Second Place:                                    Majdelbana Public High School

Basketball - Males:
First Place:                                          Shouf National College
Second Place:                                    Kfarhim Public High School

Basketball- Females:
First Place:                                          Shouf National College
Second Place:                                    Daria High School

What is the idea of your project for the Outdoors 2017?

Candy Crush

Our stand will offer many delicious things: Frisco, Ice cream and shakes (Oreo & Gelatin).

Daisies coffee shop

Our stand will be themed about daisy flowers and we will sell Cup-cakes, donuts, American coffee, and petti-four.

Primavera Pizza

We will make Italian pizza with beer and we will serve the customers with Italian style costume.

Spring Fries

It’s time for “spring fries”. Why don’t you fresh up and join us in welcoming the spring. Our fries will help you to achieve that.

The Rabbit Hole

Happiness is about having a great meal & what if it was a contemporary burger. Join us & try yourself.

Utopian Hill

Let us all welcome the spring with a smile and positive vibes. Let us spread the nectar of happiness and love with our games to our guests.


We will be selling red jelly cups, candy apples, and pomegranate juice. Don’t miss the chocolate fountain with the fresh strawberry and delicious marshmallow!

Sponge Bob

Who said it is not a family day?! Come have your Burgers and BBQ!

The Farmers

The fresh vegetables, carrots, seasonal fruits, and potatoes will be the guests on out booth.


We too the idea to another level! The audience will enjoy our games, and winners will get gold chocolate and colored candies


Like fairytales, the princess lives in a castle full of cotton candies and popcorn, and so we’ll be!

Blue Hawaiian Corner

Get the fresh Hawaiian drinks and beverages at our booth!

Ka3k & 3assir el Rabi3

Ka3k and cocktail! The traditional ka3k and fresh cocktails will make you fresh!