A his­tory in brief

Lebanon Traveler - - INTERVIEW -

1930s – Le­banese busi­ness­man and states­man Emile Bus­tani and his fu­ture wife, Laura, cour ted in Beit Mery’s Grand Ho­tel over tea and danc­ing.

1962 – Emile star ts con­struc­tion of the Al Bus­tan, but trag­i­cally dies in 1963 when his plane crashes into the sea. Laura con­tin­ues the ho­tel’s ren­o­va­tion.

1967 – The new ho­tel opens. Laura names it Al Bus­tan (The Gar­den) – it was the first ho­tel of the time to take an Ara­bic name, when Beirut’s hotels all took Euro­pean names.

1992 – Af ter the Civil War, ren­o­va­tion of the de­stroyed Al Bus­tan Ho­tel be­gins again – it was the first five-star ho­tel to be ren­o­vated af ter the war.

1994 – Emile Bus­tani’s daugh­ter, Myrna founds the Al Bus­tan In­ter­na­tional Fes­ti­val of Mu­sic & the Per­form­ing Ar ts.

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