When I saw this sign with a friend we wondered whether this is Bab Idriss turning into a Qatari-Sheikh-Street... Luckily, we still have Bab Idriss, it's Omar Daouk that is gone. Tried to search for him on the net, no trace of who he was (Any input is highly welcome).
|Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani Street sign|
Bab meaning Door in Arabic, Bab Idriss is one of the main entrances to the old city of Beirut when it had a wall around it. While most of the other "Bab_" names of streets are lost, this one still reminds us of the history Downtown Beirut holds. Keep it.
|Bab Al Darkeh 1848|
|Bab Al Saraya 1920|
|BAB IDRISS 1920|
|Bab Yaacoub- 1906|
|Bab Al Darkeh- 1848|
|Google maps still calls it Omar Daouk Street. Click to enlarge.|