27.1.12

If Beirut Were Monte Carlo

I have a favorite daydream that I sink into fairly often. It goes like this: to further establish the city as a player in the big-leagues of international tourism and consumption, the powers that be decide to host an annual Formula One Grand Prix in Beirut. In my daydreams the race would be like the one in Monte Carlo--right in the city, a road race. It would be nothing like Bharain's middle-of-nowhere boring track. Of course, the race would have to include this stretch along the corniche:

And the route should include the reclaimed land to the north of Downtown. There's plenty of open space out there for pit crews.

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