Ekaruna - - From The Editor - Have a de­light­ful Christ­mas and a mar­vel­lous New Year. Nayla Kurd Editor in Chief

Pre­ced­ing a he­do­nis­tic De­cem­ber, we at EKARUNA, welcome you to our year-end is­sue in which we show you how to splash your cash in style. Some buys are wiser than oth­ers, though – in this case, I’m talk­ing real es­tate and prop­erty peo­ple. So think of us for when you next dole out your hard earned dol­lars in the lap of lux­ury. In this is­sue, we bring you the finest com­men­tary and re­ports on the lo­cal and re­gional real es­tate mar­kets, with ex­clu­sive in­ter­views, fea­tures, and spe­cial re­ports. And if that’s not enough, check out our jam-packed trea­sure pages filled with style, beauty, groom­ing, lifestyle, and travel sto­ries and ad­vice.

This edi­tion of EKARUNA is very spe­cial and vies to at­tract your pre-Christ­mas at­ten­tion. Oops, I mut­tered the C-word. Still, it’s un­de­ni­able that the fes­tive sea­son is upon us, and this only means one thing: trou­ble for the pocket. But surely we can be par­doned for dish­ing out a lit­tle, right?

To that end, not only have we re­vamped the whole mag­a­zine – yes, you read that right, the whole en­tirety of it – but we’ve also com­piled the best con­tent to feed your fes­tive ap­petite, all the while keep­ing you in­formed with de­tailed avant-garde re­ports and en­ter­tained with cheery sto­ries.

So brace your­self (or must I say your purse-strings?) to put your best foot for­ward when it comes to mak­ing in­vest­ment de­ci­sions come New Year. We’ve got in­sight on the com­mer­cial and re­tail real es­tate mar­ket in 2015 (p. 24), in ad­di­tion to an ex­clu­sive in­ter­view with se­nior de­vel­op­ment di­rec­tor of Wa­ter­front City, Samer Bsat (p. 18), and a spe­cial le­gal re­port on the new rental law tak­ing ef­fect by year end (p. 32).

Also on the line up, is a spe­cial fea­ture on the bril­liant and rous­ing Beirut-based ar­chi­tect, Youssef Haidar (p. 40), and a sneak peak at the in­sides of one of Le­banon’s most cov­eted high­land chalets – a very bold and ma­jes­tic abode, I must ad­mit (p. 48).

Add to that a mes­mer­iz­ing trip to Cape Town through the lens of the one and only Lu­mia (p. 68), and the most fab­u­lous edit of fes­tive fash­ion and style – we like to call it “the chic list” (p. 56). Now you’ve got all you need to plough your money into those in­ter­est­ing ven­tures, all along dress­ing, din­ing, and dis­cours­ing like a pro in the months ahead.

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