The capital and largest city of Lebanon and the seat of government.
Historically, Beirut has been rebuilt several times after being destroyed by two
earthquakes, a fire, a tidal wave, fell prey to conquerors, and in recent times, by
a 17 years civil war, always recovering its former beauty and splendour.
It is the gateway to
three continents : Europe, Asia and Africa. A bustle of activity from business to leisure
with busy commercial centers, Beirut is full of contrasts. Tall modern buildings alongside
very old and historic structures stand side by side to give Beirut its unique atmosphere,
combining the future and the past.
Business activity is booming with 80 banks, export and import agents, a busy
port, an international airport, exhibition centers, flights from 28 airlines, free
exchange market, seven universities, countless restaurants and hotels, retail shops and
supermarkets, alongside construction work at every corner and the huge Solidaire project
of rebuilding the inner city of Beirut.
At the same time restoration work of historical places, the museum and
unearthing of new archaeological sites are being preserved to enrich Beiruts unique
A stroll down Beiruts high streets will please the visitor. From the
latest technology in electrical and
electronic products, fashions directly from Europes most famous designers to local
handicrafts and beautiful jewelry at affordable prices.
What to See
The Roman Baths behind Bank Street
Roman Columns to the West of St. George’s Cathedral
The Great Seraglio from the Ottoman period
Council for the Development and Reconstruction housed in what used to be
an Ottoman military hospital.
Assaf and Amir Munzer Mosques
The Roman Columns in Nejmeh Square
Historic Churches of the Greek Orthodox and Greek Catholic opposite the
Museum of Archaeology of the American University of Beirut
Beiruts famous Pigeon Rocks at Raouche
Beiruts Famous Racetrack breeding pure Arabian horses.
Where to Stay Beirut enjoys first class luxury hotels and various other high standard reasonably priced
accommodation and furnished apartments. Prices vary to meet all budgets.
Food and Drink
The restaurants provide food variety to satisfy all appetites. The famous
European foods, Italian restaurants, Chinese, Japanese plus various fast food outlets
serving pizzas, hamburgers, shawerma and falafel sandwiches to countless other
fast snacks, ensuring that no one can go hungry in Beirut. Many are open 24
hours a day. There are no restrictions on
sale of alcohol and parties usually continue until dawn.