On Wednesday, the Speaker of the Parliament Nabih Berri gave instructions to the Lebanese Army to open the access to Nejmeh Square again for pedestrians. The soldiers already started lifting the barriers in the area. Security measures were implemented for a long time in Nejmeh Square to secure demonstrations and to protect government officials from attacks. Barriers and obstacles around the square’s different entrances prevented pedestrians and drivers from going there. Stores and restaurants in the area were negatively impacted. Many retailers closed down their shops. The decision was made after Downtown Beirut witnessed a spectacular
. Thousands of Lebanese people welcomed 2018 in Nejmeh Square. Artists, singers, DJs, an optical illusion show, a firework show, and Souk El Akel revived Beirut. It was an unforgettable night! 2018 seems promising!