– photo by Rami Rizk, a drone operator from Beirut
Due to the troubled past of Lebanon, it is easy to have a misconception about the country. On top of that it is a neighbour of Syria, which makes it tough for Lebanon to present itself as a safe and hospitable country. But if you set foot in Beirut, you will be surprised by its fast-paced life, which is on par with top-class metropolises in the Middle East.
Lebanon’s capital Beirut is one of the oldest cities in the world, having been inhabited for more than 5,000 years. It is also one of the most cosmopolitan and religiously diverse cities (with 18 recognised religious groups) in all of the Middle East, with significant Muslim and Christian communities. The city has survived civil wars and political unrest, evidence of which is littered all over its streets.
In spite of its shaky history, Beirut continues to be the regional party capital. Visitors from the Arab world and from around the globe, come to Lebanon to experience a Lebanese party.
Beirut’s Central District (or Downtown Beirut) is the prime location for shopping, entertainment, and dining. It is home to hundreds of cafes, restaurants, pubs and nightclubs and over 350 retail outlets along its streets and quarters. Beirut Souks, the old medieval market, is also home to over 200 stores and a handful of restaurants and cafes.
Beirut is also full of beautiful districts just waiting to be explored – like Hamra or Achrafieh. With endless pubs in Hamra and seaside cafés there is no shortage of quiet, picturesque venues to choose from.
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