Beirut, Lebanon's capital and largest city was at one time referred to as the Paris of the East. It's sleek, modern buildings alongside arabesque Ottoman buildings, give Beirut a unique and distinctive style often not seen in other Middle Eastern cities. After the country fell into a destructive civil war tourism all but disappeared from the city. ... Read more
However, after the war the city was rebuilt and is once again the focal point of the region's cultural life, renowned for its press, theaters, galleries, cultural activities and shopping. The redesigned historic city centre, marina, pubs and nightlife districts have once again rendered it an international tourist destination.

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Jeddah

Known as the Paris of the Middle East, Beirut has always something to offer. Be prepared for an adventure

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Local from Beirut

One of the oldest city in the world It's a romantic and great night life city. It's also one of the most cultural city.

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Local from Beirut

"In between the sea and the mountains" is how Beirut is always described. There are a lot of social and political problems and instabilities but it's a wonderful place to live, it has the best food you could wish for, the best nightlife to entertain you, amazing outdoor spots to visit... There's a place for everyone in Beirut!

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Assoun, Liban-Nord, Lebanon

beirut is a city of lebanon it has many places favorite to the tourist the lovely minute in the night

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Kuwait City

love this city ,,beaches ,,mountains food ,,,history ,,art ,,education ,,lovely people..ski destination charming for couples ,,amazing night life

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Nizwa

Beirut is often called the Paris of the Middle East. If not for the heavy military presence, the ubiquitous religious iconography and occasional outbreaks of civil war, the analogy wouldn't be like the buildings you see driving down the street, riddled with bullet holes.

With its heady mix of ideology, street violence and sexual innuendo, Lebanon's capital is more like Prague in August of 1968 than Paris in the 1950's. As a matter of fact, just a month prior to my arrival, a war, replete with grenade launchers, machine guns and tanks broke out not far from where I stayed in Ashrafieh.

Lounging poolside at 'La Plage' (one of many swimming clubs along the corniche) it was very difficult to imagine. While surrounded by beautiful women in bikinis it came to me. The reason the city has been able to rise again and again like a Phoenix from the ashes and put the events of the recent past out of the forefront of their minds is because when you're in the presence of a beautiful woman, nothing else matters - beauty is transcendent. Ideology, territorial disputes, political infighting, all our little plans and designs become irrelevant in the face of beauty. Beauty transcends.

When transcendental beauty gets tiresome and you've had enough of Beirut's creme de la creme at 'La Plage' stroll along the corniche, the seaside promenade for some Middle Eastern fun in the sun with the real salt of the earth. Instead of 30,000 Lebanese Lira (about 20 US Dollars) the amusement to be had outside of the swimming clubs will only cost you your inhibitions.

And just in case you don't believe me, here's a link to my video illustrating exactly what I'm talking about (transcendental beauty and all ;-)

Beirut, Baby...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WYaNH-GXUZg

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New YORK!

I think I like Beirut a little better thinking back on it, rather than when I was there. Everyone raves about the bars and the nightlife and so on, but since that wasn't so much my scene (at least on this recent visit), I was left focusing on daytime stuff, and got frustrated with traffic and internet and petty things like that. Now that I've left, that has fallen away, and all I remember is the great food and the slightly lunatic people I met! I'd go back, with different expectations.

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Tripoli

Well Beirut is one of the best cities in the world. Although Lebanon as a country is considered insecure and dangerous but you'll forget all these worries once you visit the city. The nightlife is amazing, with a wide variety of pubs and night clubs to visit most popular among them Gemmayze street, mono, Hamra street, downtown Beirut. During the day you can stroll the busy street of this city that never sleeps or just spend a day on the beach if you're visiting in the summer. The shopping malls are quite decent and of course the downtown area and the Souks. A new spot in town is Zeytuna bay where many popular restaurants are found.

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Riyadh

My home. a chaotic city during the day, bustling and alive at night. the history weighs heavily on this city divided by religious conflicts but now united in Pubs!

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Miravet

A city of contrasts and paradoxes sculpted by this small country's tragic and often bloody history. As you arrive in Beirut's city centre, or stroll down the corniche you could almost imagine this is where the Middle East meets Paris or Miami, but then you turn a corner and weapon damage to buildings jolts you back into realising that things haven't always been as happy, confident and outgoing as they appear. But it's nevertheless a compelling destination and a thriving, cultural and cosmopilitan city reflecting its status as a crossroads for western and Middle Eastern influences. For the time being, the music and laughter hasn't stopped but the place is the geo-political equivalent of the San Andreas fault.

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