Following on the heals of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Zouk Mikael Municipality, Australia’s alternative to Starbucks, Gloria Jean’s, goes down the same road:

Australian owned coffee brand Gloria Jean’s Coffees has continued its international expansion with the opening of its first coffee house in Lebanon.
“Our smoke-free store has been welcomed by the local community in a city where the concept is still widely unavailable. We enjoyed a very successful first week of trading and expect Beirut to be a hugely valuable addition to our growing Middle Eastern market,” said company executive chairman, Nabi Saleh.

Lebanon: Where we put out smoking one cigarette at a time.