Lebanon has a bright, entrepreneurial workforce who speak multiple languages. Many new engineering graduates emerge with strong skills from numerous competitive schools. A slow internet has hindered participation in the tech/internet/startup wave we've seen over the last two decades.
After the war ended in 1990, there was a chance to basically start from scratch. Every home could have had fiber right up to their door. Hate to mention it - but tremendous corruption - (which isn't necessarily native to Lebanon) - has thwarted many good projects to bring faster internet to Lebanon.
As a Tunisian (ahla w sehla), I agree completely with this statement. It's good to see Cloudflare getting closer to tech hubs such as Lebanon. Let's hope this will convince other large companies to set up shop (directly or indirectly) in the region.