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This week on Marketplace Middle East

Lebanon's Finance Minister Raya Hassan talks to MME about the country's strong economic growth.
Lebanon's Finance Minister Raya Hassan talks to MME about the country's strong economic growth.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • MME investigates Lebanon's booming tourist industry
  • In 2009 tourism skyrocketed by 39 percent, the strongest rise for any country in the world
  • Plus MME talks to Lebanon's Minister of Finance

In focus -- Lebanon's tourism boom

Banking, real estate and tourism are the key pillars of Lebanon's growth and the current stability is bringing in millions of tourists each year.

In 2009, despite the global downturn, tourist numbers in Lebanon skyrocketed by 39 percent. That was the strongest rise for any country in the world.

As the all-important summer season gets underway, MME looks at how tourism fuels overall growth.

Facetime -- Raya Hassan, Lebanese Finance Minister

The economy is enjoying a peace dividend of sorts, but despite strong growth, Lebanon still faces a number of challenges.

Its budget deficit remains in the double digits and the country's long term debt is nearly 150 percent of GDP, one of the world's highest.

MME talks to Lebanon's Minister of Finance Raya Hassan, to find out if the levels of strong growth can be sustained.

Watch the show this week at the times (GMT) below:

Friday: 0915, 1745
Saturday: 0445
Sunday: 0615,1745