Ekaruna - - From The Editor - Happy read­ing, Yas­min Harake Edi­tor-in-Chief

When it comes to fi­nances, we could all be a lit­tle bet­ter at putting some money away each month. Whether you’re sav­ing for a hol­i­day, a wed­ding or even a pair of shoes you’ve de­cided you sim­ply can­not live with­out, sav­ing just isn’t as sat­is­fy­ing a spend­ing – un­less you’re buy­ing your first home, that is. Wel­come to the Bank­ing is­sue.

If you’re ready to fly the nest and you are in fact house hunt­ing, make sure you take a look at our Q & A with some of the coun­try’s most rep­utable banks for their ad­vice when ap­ply­ing for a hous­ing loan on page 26.

We also met with Ro­drigue Abi El Hesn, the Head of Mar­ket, Fi­nan­cial In­sti­tu­tions & Coun­try Risk Man­age­ment at Credit Libanais S.A.L. to talk about the up­com­ing chal­lenges fac­ing Le­banon’s bank­ing sec­tor on page 30.

Think­ing about start­ing out on your own? If so, we’ve put a lit­tle guide to­gether for your eyes only – check out the art of be­com­ing an en­tre­pre­neur over on page 48 for a lit­tle di­rec­tion.

If your work­ing wardrobe is start­ing to look a lit­tle out­dated, take some in­spi­ra­tion from Style Her and Style Him over on pages 68 and 70 for some so­phis­ti­cated charm; per­fect for of­fice hours and be­yond.

So, with­out fur­ther ado, may we present to you what is with­out a doubt our most an­tic­i­pated is­sue of the year. I’d like to thank all of the banks that con­trib­uted to this edi­tion of Ekaruna (and apol­o­gise for the nu­mer­ous tele­phone calls and emails they’ve had to an­swer over the last few weeks – sorry about that).

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