Gaby Srour dicloses that he used to follow up on the news of ongoing clashes in Tripoli while sipping drinks at his favorite Tripoli pub Mike's . (The Daily Star/Stringer)
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University professor Leila Dib lies back on the couch and recalls Tripoli's once-bustling nightlife, which lives on only in the memories of those who knew the city in its glamorous days. While Tripoli has drastically changed, longtime residents say its alleyways and corridors once hummed with late-night revelry. "This generation has not lived through the passion for life as we did in Tripoli, you have missed out a lot," Dib tells The Daily Star with a laugh. For her, Tripoli was an adventurous and loving city, contrasting sharply with its current reality. At that time, pubs were but part of a thriving Tripoli that was full of vitality: The city was a landscape of construction projects, prosperity and progress which produced great economic wealth.The city also saw the development of several beach clubs such as Al-Jazeera in Mina, which was always fully booked, and Plage Hakim, where famed singer Sabah as well as Syrian artist Sabah Fakhri sang until the early hours of the morning.Despite the deteriorating security situation in Tripoli, many are still intent on partying and clubbing to keep the life-loving heart of their beloved city alive, while the push to do so might very well be mere nostalgia, the longing for a past that is now long gone.
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