a treehouse in the sea
Posted by adiamondinsunlight on January 28, 2009
Has anyone else heard about this? Qifa Nabki wrote in a group email that I received this morning. Am I the last one?
QN was talking, of course, about Cedars Island, a planned cedar-in-the-sea more-Dubai-than-Dubai development. I had heard about it, thanks to a Facebook status message that M posted last week:
M wants to move to Cedar Island.
Okay, I thought – M is fairly peripatetic – after which it slipped from my mind. Luckily, QN was a bit more on the ball – and has a hysterical, very on-point post about the development, which you can read here.
The project’s website is a laugh-out-loud hoot to read. Its news section recounts Tourism Minister Elie Marouni’s recent visit to developer Noor Holding’s offices, in which he “expressed his blessing” and wished them “big success”. The project promises residents an “exotic, pleasant, and peaceful environment”, which will “mainly consist of 8 distinct zones.” What are these distinct zones? you might ask. They are “zone a, b, c, d, e, f, g, & h.”
Curious to know what a cedar in the sea might look like? Me, too. After all, how one draws a Lebanese cedar often tells much about one’s political affiliations.
Here is the official rendering of the project:
Sigh. It looks like a joke, doesn’t it? But as QN says: this is the real thing. And it will be located on the coast of Damour, between the airport (easy exit in case of troubles: a plus. distance from Beirut: a minus.) and Jiyyeh (easy access to a power station: a plus. increased likelihood of Israeli bombing raids: a minus.), where cedar imagery has been few and far between.
So. Which cedar do you think Cedar Islands should most resemble?
The Kataeb cedar?
The Ouwet cedar?
The Lebanese Communist cedar?
The national flag cedar?
Or – my favorite, thanks to its slightly goofy shape – the AUB cedar?
Cedars are a serious topic in Lebanon. If Noor Holding doesn’t fully understand what it is getting into, the lifestyle it promises residents could be “exotic” indeed.