In a very casual gathering at one of the most attractive and lively open-air pubs in Dubai (i.e Shochos), I came to this conversation with Dana about Beirut life and living. I was stunned by her way of thinking regarding the previously called demarcation lines that used to split the Eastern Christian Beirut from its Muslim west during the bloody civil war that broke out from 1975 till 1990.
As a Lebanese, I used to hear here and there that most people tried to stay away from this area after the war in order to avoid any suffering that may result in the sensitive instability in the yet unrest country. Usually “birds of feathers flock together” applies perfectly to the Lebanese multi-factional society. Christians accumulate in Christian “labeled” areas and Muslims do the same despite the educated minority from both side who already surpassed this divisional thinking and are enlightened enough knowing the dangerous consequences of such unhealthy inbound seperation.
Dana was different. Although she lived in the same bloody area and still, she insisted on the idea that these areas are the most interesting places to live at in Beirut due to the cultural & educational mixture; to her, its compelling how much experience someone may get living in such environment; he/she can know the other more easily and understand him through daily interaction and erase the border of difference the war had created among fellow Lebanese citizens away from political-driven media reports that triggers vagueness. I liked her thinking approach, and I wish it gets some more insight.
Dana is a Lebanese expat in Dubai; She works at MAGNA GLOBAL media agency as an account director.
(I refrained from mentioning her religion due to my own belief in religious in-differences)