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Beirut – The Beirut International Awards Festival (BIAF) unveiled the program for its eighth year, which will be dedicated to late PM “Rafic al-Hariri.”

BIAF will take place in Beirut on the 8th and 9th of July; the two days event will honor over 20 renowned figures who had outstanding achievements in various fields. This year’s edition will witness the participation of celebrities from 12 Arab and western countries, including Nawal al-Zoughbi.

During the first day of the event, set to be held in Zaitunay Bay area, the world tallest trophy will be revealed and dedicated for the soul of late Rafic Hariri.

On the second day, figures and celebrities will hit the red carpet at 6:00 pm, and the evening will start at 9:30 pm. The evening will be broadcast on Lebanese and other channels including “Al-Jadeed”, “LBC Sat”, “Al-Mustaqbal”, “Rotana Khalijia”, Rotana Egypt’, and “ONE TV”.

Omar Talal, a representative of Guinness Group for records will attend the event to manage the registration of a new record hit of the award dedicated to honor the late Rafic Hariri.

Celebrities from Egypt and Europe were invited to attend the festival’s ceremony.

Reports stated that a Turkish star will also be among the honored figures.

BIAF program was unveiled during a press conference held at “Le Royal” hotel, Dbayeh. The conference was followed by a Suhoor evening attended by the telecommunication minister Jamal Al-Jarrah representing PM Saad Hariri, and the tourism minister Avedis Guidanian, who addressed a keynote in which he said this festival aims to honor new type of achievers who have excelled in fields like culture, tourism, and art.

Dr. Michel Daher, BIAF’s founder and organizer saw that once again, this event, will mark Beirut “Sit Dunya” with a special taste of excellence and will highlight its leading role in maintaining its position among Arab capitals as a hub for tourism and civilization.

The 12 countries that will participate in the festival to honor Lebanese, Arab, and western figures include the United States, Canada, Armenia, Kuwait, Pakistan, Dubai, Turkey, Egypt, Palestine, and Syria.

BIAF will be held under the patronage of PM Saad Hariri and the ministers of information and tourism.

Eliane El-Hajj, media consultant of the festival announced that other awards will be introduced on the sidelines of the festival including “best outfit” and “best tuxedo” in cooperation with a professional jury of fashion experts.