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Flights to Beirut with Jazeera Airways


Beirut is a fascinating merger of east and West and as cosmopolitan as you can get. The fashionable city likes to travel fast and has earned the right to be the commercial and financial nucleus of Lebanon.

Whilst it’s friendly, it’s far too crowded but its spirit of enterprise is noticeable everywhere; and its diversity makes it a charming place to visit. The city is basically placed on a small headland sticking out into the east Mediterranean with 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 walking gingerly along the waterfront. Since Lebanon is so small, most visitors use Beirut as their base and launching pad to explore the country.

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    Beirut has a noticeable laid-back outdoor cafe culture ‘a bit like Paris’ as some locals like to describe it. European architecture is quite evident and the Beirutis speak French, Arabic and some English. Attractions not to miss include:


    National Museum
    This is the country’s cultural institution in its own right. 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
    Founded in 1868, it is one of the oldest museums in the Middle East. Sped time admiring the collection of Lebanese and Middle Eastern artefacts -- including pottery, jewellery, figurines, tolls and weapons. Also on display is a unique collection of Phoenician glass and Arab coins dating from as early as the 5th century BC.


    The Arab University of Beirut Museum
    Ever had a bath in a tub filled with crude oil? Then this is your moment. It is part of a ritual that has been practiced by Azeris since the 6th Century BC and lays claim to curing a range of illnesses. The spa is a popular treatment amongst the oligarchs.


    Place de l'Etoile
    Situated in the Nejmeh Square in Downtown Beirut, is this the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of Saint George which is the Mother Cathedral of Orthodox community in Beirut. History shows it was originally built by the French in the early 20th century and although damaged during it has been professionally restored. The centuries-old underground crypt Museum, attached to the cathedral echoes an ancient religious practice.


    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. The Saint George Yacht club in Ain El Mreisseh and the Riviera Beach and Yacht Club at the Riviera Hotel are popular clubs.


Essential Facts:


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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).


Other Facilities

Most shops, hotels, restaurants and bars accept international payment cards such as Visa, Mastercard, Maestro or American Express. As for ATMs they are found in most parts of the city. Withdrawals can be made in either Lebanese or US dollars. Traveller's cheques can be exchanged very easily through Lebanese banks.


Health services are good in Beirut and hospitals are aplenty. However, if you do feel unwell, head straight for the American University Hospital. Alternatively, pharmacies in Lebanon will prescribe drugs on-the-spot.


Most cafes and restaurants provide free Wi-Fi to customers. You’ll also see Internet Cafes everywhere and they also provide printing and copying services.


While Arabic is the official language, English and French are also spoken by many people.


Radio in Beirut is quite popular especially among younger Beirutis and there is a wide variety of Arabic and English newspapers.


Most foreign embassies, consulates or diplomatic mission are based here in Beirut.