Beirut Celebrates 2019

Published January 2nd, 2019 - 06:00 GMT
Beirut's Nijmeh Square, 1 January, 2019 (AFP/ Anwar Amro)
Beirut's Nijmeh Square, 1 January, 2019 (AFP/ Anwar Amro)
  • “Beirut Celebrates 2019” kicked off Monday afternoon and continued until after midnight, featuring 11 singers and over 150 other performers.

Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri later joined the revelry. A video shared by Hariri’s Future Movement’s Twitter showed the premier-designate fist pumping next to the DJ.

As the new year approached, the stage lit up from above and a countdown started 10 seconds to midnight, when fireworks

were launched over Nijmeh Square. The party ended with a traditional “dabke” dance.

Hariri said Tuesday afternoon that Beirut's New Year’s Eve celebration was ranked seventh among the world's best celebrations, in a televised conference after meeting President Michel Aoun. The Daily Star could not independently verify the celebration’s international ranking.

Another party was also held in Ashrafieh’s Sassine Square with multiple performances, music and fireworks.

Beirut Mayor Jamal Itani Monday described the party in Nijmeh Square, organized by Beirut Municipality, as the “best party in the Middle East.”

According to a municipality statement released Saturday, the party was “the first of its kind in Lebanon, featuring a 360-degree stage that enables everyone to enjoy the performances.” Activities for children started at 4 p.m.

As partygoers geared up across Lebanon, the Internal Security Forces had dispatched some 13,000 security personnel, erected checkpoints and boosted its patrols near major highways.

Earlier Monday, MP Nazih Najem, the head of Parliament’s Public Works, Transportation, Energy and Water Committee, visited Beirut’s Traffic Management Center to oversee the New Year’s Eve preparations there.


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