Early evening in Ashrafieh, a Beirut district known for its nightlife, the Couqley Restaurant is getting ready to open for dinner.
Owner Ziad Kamel oversees the preparations. Business is tough. Since the Syrian war began two years ago, the number of tourists visiting Lebanon has fallen by more than a third. Tourism revenues are down by almost one-half.
“Lots of restaurants, lots of bars have had to shut down,” Kamel said. “Hotels have had to shut down, if not the whole hotel, they …
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