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Discover the 'Paris of the Middle East' fly with Qatar Airways to Beirut. Award-winning hospitality and a 5-star service await you onboard.
Crumbling ottoman mansions and bullet scarred apartments stand side by side with contemporary structures like the Nicolas Sursock Museum with stain glass windows; when illuminated at night displays a spectacular array of colour and the Beirut Art Centre showcasing contemporary art exhibitions.
Venture down the crystallised limestone caves at the Jeita Grotto. Explore the National Museum of Beirut's collection of archaeological artifacts, study the stunning Mohammed Al-Amin Mosque in Martyr's square and visit the headquarters of the Lebanon Prime Minister in Grand Serail.
The modernised souq of Beirut is a bustling and lively 'open area' combining history and culture with modern designs. You can walk through internal streets and covered bazaars or admire the various plazas and vistas. The souq offers international and high street brands.
visit Zaitunay Bay; a waterfront promenade with shops and restaurants, for contemporary one off designs visit Starch Boutique or travel to coastal cities such as Tripoli and Saida for a more traditional experience with their centuries old soap factories and other traditional items.
Beirut has a lively nightlife from enjoying coffee on the bustling Corniche promenade at sunset to live Jazz, Arabic and International music venues or loosing yourself in a production at the Al Madina Theatre or Theatre de Beyrouth; with its English, Arabic and French influences.
For relief from the concrete streets of Beirut take sancutary in Sanayeh Garden or cycle to Pigeon Rocks; a duo of rock arches off the west coast which will reward you with stunning views; participate in nargileh (flavoured tobacco smoked through a water pipe) at a waterside cafe and soak up the scenery.
Currency: Lebanese Pound (LBP)
Voltage: 110-220 V 50 Hz
Plugs: A, B, C, E and F
Language: Lebanese Arabic/English
Timezone: GMT + 2 hour
International dialing code: +96 1
Distance from Doha: 1,818 km
Flight time: 3 hours 15 minutes