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Experience Beirut with Jazeera

Discover Beirut

Beirut is a fascinating merger of east and west and as cosmopolitan as you can get. Known as the 'Paris of the Middle East', it's chic, trendy population are passionate about their city, the culture, and the future of one of the most important centres in the entire region. This fashionable city likes to travel fast and is the commercial and financial nucleus of Lebanon. 

Beirut is friendly, dynamic, and its spirit of enterprise is noticeable everywhere. The city's diversity makes it a charming place to visit. It sits on a small headland sticking out into the east Mediterranean, and has a population of around 2.1 million people in its metropolitan area.

Exploring the city's restaurant and nightlife scene is a major attraction, along with the excellent museums and taking a stroll along the waterfront. Since Lebanon is so small, most visitors use Beirut as their base to explore the rest of the country.
 

Essential Facts

Time
09:56
Date
1/19/2020
Time Zone
+03:00
Weather
9.35°C
Language
Arabic/French
Currency
Lebanese Pound
Electricity
230v/50Hz
Best Time To Visit
June

Things To Do

Beach Clubs

Beach Clubs

Time for some sea, surf, and sun at one of the beach clubs on the Beirut coast. Here, paved terraces lead you to the spas with swimming pools with great views of the ocean.

National Museum

National Museum

The stunningly displayed collection of archaeological artefacts gives the visitor a superb historical glimpse of the civilisations that influenced Lebanon’s history. The famous Phoenician gilded bronze figurines found buried near the Obelisk Temple at Byblos are the highpoint of this museum.
 

Pigeon Rocks

Pigeon Rocks

Founded in 1868, it is one of the oldest museums in the Middle East. Spend time admiring the collection of Lebanese and Middle Eastern artefacts -- including pottery, jewellery, figurines, tolls and weapons, as well as a unique collection of Phoenician glass and Arab coins dating from as early as the 5th century BC.
 

Shopping

There are several shopping districts around the city. The traditional ones are found in Bourj Hammoud and in Hamra. Beirut is the fashion capital of Lebanon and perhaps the Middle East, region, so many renowned Lebanese designers are located here.

Gemmayzeh is a colourful shopping district packed with galleries, and nearby Mar Mikhaël is a real designer hangout. If you’re looking for boutiques, you’ll find plenty of them around Rue Pharaon. can be Further Downtown, you’ll find upmarket shopping including ABC in Achrafiyeh and City Mall near Dawra. Or ask for Rue Verdun, an entire shopping street loaded with malls and department stores

Browse around Hamra Street, where you will find several international brands. There’s also the ever-busy Mar-Elias Street in the south of Beirut. Most of the brands are Lebanese which means you can strike up a good bargain. 
 

Food And Drink

Food And Drink

Lebanese cuisine is rich in variety and there are restaurants of every description in the city. The mix includes Arab, Turkish, and healthy Mediterranean cuisines. Feast on olive oil, exotic spices, traditional fresh fruits and vegetables. Dairy products, fish and various types of meat are also a regular part of the menu.

For an authentic taste of Lebanon try traditional Lebanese Mezze, a sumptuous spread of hot and cold dishes. A typical Mezze consists of the Tabboule and Fattouch, together with the dips such as Hummos, Moutabal, and more. Stuffed grape leaves (waraq 'inab) is another great starter. The Mezze acts as a full meal and is accompanied with bread, salad, mint and pickled cucumbers, parsnips and olives. Falafel (made of chick peas) is another national favourite and served as a sandwich or a dip.

In Beirut you’ll see that every fast-food outlet, and shawarma and falafel stands and juice stalls. Be warned though that Beirutis eat dinner late so it’s advisable you snack earlier if you are meeting up with a Beiruti later. 
 

Things To Know


Visa Requirements

 
  • Free one-month single-entry tourist visas renewable for three months are available at Rafic Hariri International Airport for citizens of certain countries.
  • The same goes for tourist visas which are free and can be got on arrival by citizens of countries including Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Spain, the UK and the USA.
  • A paid visa-on-arrival system applies to some select countries.
  • For the latest information on visas, visit the website of Lebanon’s General Security Office (www.general-security.gov.lb/en).

  Getting Around

 
  • Beirut is well serviced by its network of buses and minibuses which are good value. But be prepared – they are painfully slow and crowded most of the time.
  • There are no timetables so all you need to do is ‘wave’ and the bus will stop for you.
  • Buses run at intervals of 15 minutes or thereabouts.
  • Taxis can either be hired both privately or as a shared service (pronounced servees). Drivers don’t operate metres, so you’ll need to agree on a fare in advance.
  • The most reliable car hire company is Advanced Car Rental, who offer generous discounts. You’ll find other operators at the airport and Downtown.
  • Your best bet is a pre-booked taxi. They are air conditioned and very comfortable but obviously cost a bit more.
  • Uber operates in Beirut, with fares based on distance and time.
  • The best way to see Beirut is by foot. Walking around the city is a wonderful experience and you get to see a lot more.