Beirut. The capital and largest city in Lebanon.
Has a population of more than 2.2 million people. It is the third-largest city in the Levant region and the fifteenth-largest in the Arab world.
One of the oldest cities in the world with its history fating back to 5000 years ago.
Beirut is Lebanon’s seat of government and plays an central role in the country’s economy.
Since the civil war, the city underwent major reconstruction with accountancy, advertising, banking, finance and law improved.
7 THINGS TO DO AND NOT TO DO IN BEIRUT CITY
- Don’t wear revealing clothes. Lebanon is a more reserved country. Instead, dress decently without revealing parts of your body.
- Don’t just stay in Beirut.There are some really gorgeous locations outside and you have to leave the city to experience them.
- Do not get into a taxi without agreeing on a price. Instead tell the driver where you’re going and agreeing on a price before you get in the car.
- Do not talk about politics or culture but instead avoid this touchy subject and focus more on other interesting subjects.
- Never forget that ‘Traveler’s Diarrhea’ Is a Real Thing. So don’t worry about it much if it happens. It will pass after you adjust to the conditions.
- Don’t take photos of the military. Instead use your camera to capture the beautiful scenery they are guarding.
- Avoid taking pictures of the local without permission. Instead ask politely before doing so.
8 MOST INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT BEIRUT
- Beirut experienced a renaissance of sorts in the mid-20th century.
- Following World War II, the Lebanese capital became a tourist destination and financial capital, nicknamed “the Paris of the Middle East”
- In the 1960s, Beirut was a popular tourist destination and cosmopolitan city.
- The St. George hotel was another glamorous destination. Like much of the city it was also shuttered during the Civil War. Although it was partially renovated, a bomb exploded there in 2005, killing 22, and the building has remained empty ever since.
- There’s 1 doctor per 10 person in Lebanon. (In Europe and America, there’s around 1 doctor per 100 person).
- Beirut was destroyed and rebuilt 7 times (this is why it’s compared to The Phoenix).
- Beirut is the 10th most popular shopping destination in the world.
- It was named “World Book Capital” in 2009.