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    Beirut – a brief overview

    Once synonymous with strife, peacetime Beirut is an exhilarating place to visit with an exuberant night scene, some of the best food on the planet and more than 5,000 years of history. Unfortunately, it remains volatile in places, in particular Dahieh, which is home to Hizbollah’s headquarters, and the southern suburbs.

    Nevertheless, Downtown, Hamra and Achrafieh remain safe and are a pleasure to visit – in no small part thanks to the friendly (and seriously glamorous) locals. Beirut might be battle-scarred, but it remains one of the Middle East’s most beguiling and memorable places to visit.

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    Roman Baths

    Rue Riad El Solh
    Beirut
    Lebanon
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    Beirut is crammed with Roman ruins, one of the most spectacular of which is the Roman Baths. First discovered in 1968, excavations were completed in 1997 and revealed an intact hypocaust as well as several mighty limestone pillars.

    Beirut Corniche

    Hamra
    Beirut
    Lebanon
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    A pretty seafront stretch, Beirut Corniche boasts a hotchpotch of architectural styles and a cheerful collection of baklava vendors. Go early to enjoy the perfect views of Mount Lebanon in peace.

    Cilicia Museum

    Beirut
    Lebanon
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Sat 1000-1700
    Sun 1000-1300

    Beirut has long been a haven for refugees, including most recently Syrians fleeing the civil war, but this quaint little museum pays homage to the Armenians. Most of the fascinating collection was smuggled in by monks fleeing the 1915 genocide.

    National Museum of Beirut

    Museum St
    Beirut
    Lebanon
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Sun 0900-1700

    With more than 5,000 years of at times turbulent history to cover, Beirut’s National Museum offers a whistle-stop tour of Lebanon past as well as a vast collection of Phoenician relics.

    Al Omari Mosque

    Rue Weygand
    Beirut
    Lebanon
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    Opening times:
    Various

    Originally a church and then a pagan temple, Al Omari was converted into a mosque by the invading Mamluks in 1291. Inside, the walls are covered in elaborate Mamluk and Ottoman inscriptions, while a gold cage surrounds a shrine dedicated to St John.

    René Moawad Garden

    Rue Riad El Solh
    Beirut
    Lebanon
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0700-1900

    Beirut’s oldest public park opened in 1907 and remains a popular picnicking spot for families today. Its smooth paved paths are dotted with emerald green lawns and flowerbeds overflowing with local blooms.

    Planet Discovery

    Rue Riad El Solh
    Beirut
    Lebanon
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Fri 0830-1800
    Sat-Sun 1030-1900

    An interactive science museum, Planet Discovery is aimed at children but is just as much fun for the over-18s. Highlights include the soap bubble display where you can blow huge shimmering balloons of soapy water and the daily puppet show.

    Grand Serail

    Majidiye
    Beirut
    Lebanon
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    The imposing Ottoman-built headquarters of the Lebanese premier, the Grand Serail is one of three Ottoman era buildings on Serail Hill, the seat of the Lebanese government.

    Beirut Art Centre

    Jisr El Wati - Off Corniche
    Beirut
    Lebanon
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Sat 1200-2000

    Lebanon might not be known for its art scene but this contemporary gallery proves that it really should be. Exhibits include a revolving roster of paintings, sculpture and photography created by the country’s brightest young talent.

    Raouché (Pigeon Rocks)

    Rue General de Gaulle
    Beirut
    Lebanon
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    Beirut’s only natural feature, Pigeon Rocks is a huge Jurassic rock arch, where tourists go for picnics and the assignation spot of choice for local lovers.

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    Country information

    Country overview

    Fringed by the azure waters of the Mediterranean along its western coast, Lebanon offers an enchanting blend of sandy beaches, breathtaking

    mountains, fertile valleys, historic cities and a wealth of archaeological sites waiting to be explored.

    Geography

    Lebanon lies to the east of the Mediterranean, sharing borders to the north and east with the Syrian Arab Republic, and to the south with Israel/Palestinian Territory. The country possesses four distinct zones from west to east including the coastal plain, the Mount Lebanon Range, the Bekaa Valley and the Anti Lebanon range that forms its border with Syria. Lebanon is a mountainous country with approximately half of its landscape lying at an altitude of over 900m (3,000ft). For its relatively diminutive size, Lebanon offers a surprisingly diverse landscape from the fertile Bekaa Valley to the snow capped peaks of the Anti Lebanon and cedar forests of Mount Lebanon.

    The famous cedar trees grow high in the mountains, while the lower slopes are cultivated with grapes, apricots, plums, peaches, figs, olives and barley, often on terraces painstakingly cut out from the mountainsides. On the coastal plain, citrus fruit, bananas and vegetables are also grown.

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    Key facts

    Population: 4131583

    Population Density (per sq km): 395

    Capital: Beirut.

    Language

    The official language is Arabic, followed by French as the second language. English is widely spoken. Armenian is spoken by a small percentage of the population.

    Currency

    Lebanese Pound (LBP; symbol L£) = 100 piastres. Notes are in denominations of L£100,000, 50,000, 20,000, 10,000, 5,000, 1,000, 500, 250, 100, 50, 25, 10, 5 and 1. Coins are in denominations of L£500, 250, 100 and 50. US dollars and the euro are also accepted.

    Electricity

    230 volts AC, 50Hz. Round two-pin, round three-pin and square three-pin plugs are used.

    General business opening hours

    Mon-Fri 0800-1330 and 1500-1800.

    Government office hours

    Mon-Thurs 0800-1400, Fri 0800-1100, Sat 0800-1300.

    Public holidays

    Below are listed Public Holidays for the January 2016 -December 2017 period.

    Note

    Muslim festivals are timed according to local sightings of various phases of the moon and the dates given below are approximations. During the lunar month of Ramadan that precedes Eid al-Fitr, Muslims fast during the day and feast at night and normal business patterns may be interrupted. Some disruption may continue into Eid al-Fitr itself. Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha may last up to several days, depending on the region.

    2016

    New Year’s Day: 01. January 2016
    Armenian Orthodox Christmas: 06. January 2016
    St Maroun’s Day: 09. February 2016
    Good Friday: 25. March 2016
    Easter Sunday: 27. March 2016
    Orthodox Easter Sunday: 01. May 2016
    Labour Day: 01. May 2016
    Martyrs’ Day: 06. May 2016
    Resistance and Liberation Day: 25. May 2016
    Eid al-Fitr (End of Ramadan): 07. July 2016
    Assumption: 15. August 2016
    Eid al-Adha (Feast of Sacrifice): 13. September 2016
    Islamic New Year: 03. October 2016
    Ashura: 13. October 2016
    Independence Day: 22. November 2016
    Birth of the Prophet Muhammad: 12. December 2016
    Christmas Day: 25. December 2016

    2017

    New Year’s Day: 01. January 2017
    Armenian Orthodox Christmas: 09. January 2017
    St Maroun’s Day: 09. February 2017
    Good Friday: 14. April 2017
    Easter Sunday: 16. April 2017
    Orthodox Easter Sunday: 01. May 2017
    Labour Day: 01. May 2017
    Martyrs’ Day: 06. May 2017
    Resistance and Liberation Day: 25. May 2017
    Eid al-Fitr (End of Ramadan): 26. June 2017
    Assumption: 15. August 2017
    Eid al-Adha (Feast of Sacrifice): 07. September 2017
    Islamic New Year: 22. September 2017
    Ashura: 30. September 2017
    Independence Day: 22. November 2017
    Birth of the Prophet Muhammad: 02. December 2017
    Christmas Day: 25. December 2017

    All information subject to change.

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    Nightlife in Beirut

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    Once the sun sets, Beirut is quite simply brilliant. The city has an embarrassment of riches when it comes to bars and nightclubs and a coterie of hard-partying locals to populate them.

    Most of the action happens in and around Downtown and Hamra.

    Ferdinand

    Mahatma Gandhi, Hamra
    Beirut
    Lebanon
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    Tucked away in student quarter Hamra, Ferdinand is where the glam squad go for cocktails.

    Cassino

    Rue Independance
    Beirut
    Lebanon
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    Popular with Beirut’s wealthier residents; expect cigars and champagne set to thumping Arabic pop.

    Momo at the Souks

    Rue Riad El Solh
    Beirut
    Lebanon
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    Moroccan-style glamour with huge sofas and an airy outdoor terrace.

    The C-Lounge

    Ain El Mreisseh
    Beirut
    Lebanon
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    Perched on the roof of the Bay View Hotel, The C-Lounge has great views and better cocktails.

    Democratic Republic of Music

    Sourati Street
    Beirut
    Lebanon
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    Brilliant for live music, the DRM as it’s locally known is a great place for a lively beer or five.

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    Restaurants in Beirut

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    Lebanese food is among the best in the Middle East, with grilled meat, mezze and delicious honey pastries topping the bill of fare.

    Beirut though, offers much for those with more international taste with everything from French to Fijian cuisine on the menu.

    Mayrig

    Pasteur Street
    Beirut
    Lebanon
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    Price: Expensive

    Hugely popular with stylish locals, Mayrig does hybrid Armenian-Lebanese cooking brilliantly.

    Yabani

    Adnan Al Hakim Road
    Beirut
    Lebanon
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    Price: Expensive

    Beirut’s best Japanese restaurant does everything from bento boxes to ultra-fresh sashimi.

    Tawlet

    Rue Naher
    Beirut
    Lebanon
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    Price: Moderate

    A different chef from a different region dishes up traditional Lebanese food each day in this cooperative restaurant supporting local farmers and producers.

    Waterlemon

    ABC Mall, Achrafieh
    Beirut
    Lebanon
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    Price: Moderate

    Modern and stylish, Waterlemon specialises in healthy fare as well as the odd portion of steak-frites.

    Leil Nhar

    Mar Mikhael
    Beirut
    Lebanon
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    Price: Cheap

    Open 24 hours a day, Leil Nhar is the place to go for Lebanese classics such as shashlik and manouche.

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    Calendar of events

    Al Bustan Festival

    16 February – 20 March 2016
    Website

    Venue: Emile Bustani Auditorium.

    Beirut’s annual celebration of classical music and dance is a must-do for classical music aficionados. For an entire month, performance after performance from the cream of local and international classical musicians brings visitors and curious locals flocking to the Emile Bustani Auditorium. Performers include the celebrated likes of the Pan-European Philarmonic Orchestra and high calibre musicians such as violinist, Anna Tifu, and cellist, Boris Andrianov. None of the scores are particularly cutting edge: the repertoire focuses largely on classical favourites such as Brahms, Elgar and Handel.

    Beirut Spring Festival

    1 May – 4 June 2015
    Website

    Venue: Various venues.

    Like the Beirut Tango Festival, the Beirut Spring Festival’s pedigree only stretches back as far as 2009 but it’s no less good for that. Focused on theatre, dance and music, the Spring Festival showcases the work of up-and-coming local performers, who create special pieces of work to fit in with the festival’s theme, which changes annually. Previous themes have included tolerance, cultural diversity and injustice, so it isn’t exactly a barrel of laughs, but certainly no less compelling for that.

    Beirut International Tango Festival

    6 – 8 May 2016
    Website

    Venue: Metro al Medina.

    Launched in 2009, the inaugural event was the first Argentine tango event ever to take place in Lebanon. Since then, the festival has attracted leading international musicians, dancers, and DJs as well as participants from all over the world. Although opportunities to get your dancing shoes on yourself are few and far between, you do have the chance to witness performances from some of the world’s top tango maestros, including Julio Balmaceda, Horacio Godoy and Sebastian Achaval. Also involved are some of the planet’s best DJs, although it’s worth mentioning that most come from the Middle East.

    Beirut International Film Festival

    5. – 13. October 2016
    Website

    Venue: Planet Abraj

    The region’s biggest film festival, Beirut International Film Festival was set up in 2000 to support up and coming local talent, although it also screens films from directors from all over the world. While the international film makers are fine, the real draw are the local Lebanese films, which despite being in French or Arabic, have been making waves abroad of late. Among the best in recent years are Caramel, a beautifully shot and very funny account of the lives of four local hairdressers, and Sous Le Bombes, which tells the story of the cross-border war with Israel in 2006 from the Lebanese perspective.

    All information subject to change. Please check the dates on the relevant event organizer’s website.

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    Hotels in Beirut

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    Beirut has no shortage of stylish hotels, many of which are dotted along the Corniche or the beach.

    Budget accommodation that’s both safe and comfortable is harder to find but there are a few decent options on offer.

    Intercontinental Phoenicia Beirut

    Minet El Hosn
    Beirut
    Libanon
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    Category: Expensive

    A Beirut landmark, the Phoenicia boasts luxury rooms and incredible sea views.

    Hotel Albergo

    Rue Riad El Solh
    Beirut
    Lebanon
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    Category: Expensive

    Colonial chic meets Moorish design in this stylish hotel close to the bustling bars of rue Monot.

    Ramada Beirut Downtown

    Chateaubriand St
    Beirut
    Lebanon
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    Category: Moderate

    Comfortable and central with friendly staff and a huge breakfast buffet.

    Q-Hotel

    Hamra, Wardieh, Roma Street
    Beirut
    Lebanon

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    Category: Moderate

    With décor best described as Dubai-lite, Q-Hotel is the place to go for glamour on the cheap.

    City Suite Hotel

    Simon Bolivar Street
    Beirut
    Lebanon
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    Category: Cheap

    Smart, good-value rooms and suites within walking distance of the main sights and night spots.

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    Best time to visit

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    wind speed

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    11.12.2016

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    13.12.2016

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    Climate & best time to visit Lebanon

    Lebanon has a typically Mediterranean climate. There are four distinct seasons. Summer (June to September) is hot on the coast and cooler in the mountains. Spring and autumn are warm and pleasant and are the ideal times to visit for sightseeing.

    Winter (December to mid March) is mostly rainy, with snow in the mountains so this is the ideal time to visit to enjoy winter sports, but at lower altitudes sightseeing can be hindered by heavy rainfall.

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    Jan24 °C-1 °C16 °C10 °C68 %193 mm154.8 h
    Feb30 °C-1 °C17 °C10 °C68 %156 mm125.6 h
    Mar35 °C2 °C19 °C12 °C68 %97 mm96.3 h
    Apr38 °C7 °C22 °C14 °C68 %51 mm57.5 h
    May43 °C9 °C25 °C17 °C71 %17 mm29.9 h
    Jun40 °C12 °C29 °C20 °C72 %3 mm< 112.1 h
    Jul37 °C17 °C31 °C23 °C71 %<1 mm< 111.9 h
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    Sep38 °C17 °C30 °C22 °C66 %7 mm19.2 h
    Oct38 °C11 °C27 °C20 °C64 %46 mm48.2 h
    Nov32 °C6 °C22 °C16 °C63 %130 mm86.6 h
    Dec27 °C4 °C18 °C12 °C68 %186 mm124.8 h
    year43 °C-1 °C24 °C17 °C68 %887 mm688.2 h
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    Phone calls & Internet

    Telephone/Mobile Telephone

    Dialing code: +961

    Telephone

    Telephone booths are accessible for local and international calls. Payphone cards are available from post offices and kiosks.

    Mobile Telephone

    Roaming agreements exist with most international mobile phone companies and there is coverage througout the country. Cellular phones are widely used and are available for hire to visitors.

    Internet

    There are internet cafes in Beirut, Tripoli and most major towns.

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    Shopping in Beirut

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    Key Areas

    Downtown is where most of Beirut’s pricier designer boutiques are found as well as a handful of international names, but for bargains, head to Saifi Village instead. Just off the place des Martyrs, it’s packed with interesting shops selling pieces by local craftsmen. Gemayzeh’s vintage emporia and antique shops are also worth checking out, as are Hamra’s quirky selection of malls and shops.

    Markets

    Saifi Village has a weekly farmer’s market, while the Artisans du Liban et d’Orient in Ain El Mreisseh is a one-stop shop for traditional crafts.

    Shopping Centres

    The ABC Mall in Achrafieh (rue Alfred Naccache) is Beirut’s biggest mall with more than 200 shops. Verdun 732 (rue Verdun) is also worth a look.

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    Traveller etiquette

    Social Conventions

    Lebanese people are known for their hospitality. A handshake is the normal form of greeting. It is acceptable to give a small gift, particularly if invited home for a meal. As far as dress is concerned, casual dress is suitable for daytime wear, except in main towns where dress tends to be rather formal. Smarter hotels and restaurants often require guests to dress for dinner.

    Since Lebanon is almost evenly divided between those adhering to the Muslim faith, and those adhering to the Christian faith, visitors should dress according to the custom of the majority in the individual places being visited. Smoking is common and acceptable unless specified otherwise.

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    Health

    Food & Drink

    Mains water is normally chlorinated and, whilst relatively safe, may cause mild abdominal upsets. Bottled water is recommended. Drinking water outside main towns and cities is likely to be contaminated and sterilisation is considered essential. Milk is pasteurised and dairy products are safe for consumption. Local meat, poultry, seafood, fruit and vegetables are generally considered safe to eat.

    Other Risks

    Hepatitis B is present but rare. Rabies is present. For those at high risk, vaccination before arrival should be considered.

    Contractual physician of Lufthansa

    Dr. Kawas, Sami
    Doctor Center Building
    2nd floor
    Adjacent to the American University Hospital
    Cairo Street
    Beirut
    Lebanon
    Tel. +961-1-744440

    Please note that Lufthansa accepts no responsibility for the treatment nor will it bear the cost of any treatment.
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    Visa & Immigration

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    The IATA Travel Centre delivers accurate passport, visa and health requirement information at a glance. It is a trusted, centralized source for the latest international travel requirements. The IATA Travel Centre is the most accurate source available because it is based on a comprehensive database used by virtually every airline, and information is gathered from official sources worldwide, such as immigration and police authorities.

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