Conducting research in the Arab World faces difficulties and obstacles. Sometimes they are close to those encountered by the practice of research in the Western World. Some other times they are of a quite different nature. This is why adapting and finding new ways or techniques of research is required. But whatever the specificities of the local field the international standards of surveys can still be met, even in the case of such sophisticated tools as cultural patterns monitors or lifestyle measurement procedures. The purpose of this paper is to illustrate this proposition by showing the building up and putting into use of a Lebanese cultural patterns monitor, in spite of all the difficulties stemming from the current situation in the Lebanon.