For centuries, the metropolis of Lebanon has been working hard to maintain its allure within the Middle East and its capital, Beirut, is now bearing the fruit of its efforts, holding the image as one of the most sought after destinations in the world.

Beirut, the most populous city in Lebanon, enjoys an ideal coastal position alongside the blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea. The Middle Eastern city, renowned as the crossroads of three continents, features an unlimited choice of accommodation options, entertainment and business opportunities.

Widely famous as a focal point for the region’s cultural life, with numerous archaeological sites, this award-winning city whose past dates back to the 15th century BC, undoubtedly established itself as a destination that appeals to all travelers’ demands.

Regarded as the commercially busiest city, with dramatic mountains rising behind it, the flourishing scene of Beirut boasts a plethora of cafes, restaurants and nightclubs. The city also provides travelers with some of the best shopping opportunities in the region. An extensive array of shopping areas exist including streets in Downtown Beirut and those in the west including Hamra Street and Verdun Street. There are also a great number of shopping centers, malls and souks in and around the city.

Furthermore, there are no shortages in terms of  accommodation options; from low budget to high-end hotels. It is a well-rounded destination and makes for a perfect choice for family, business or cultural retreats.

Given its unique features and accessibility, Beirut is a natural choice for local, regional and international conferences and conventions. One of the city's leading meeting venues is Beirut International Exhibition and Leisure Center (BIEL), located in the heart of town and comprising 15.000 square meters of column free multi-functional spaces.


Essentials
All foreigners traveling to Beirut must have a passport valid at least for six months and a visa to enter Lebanon.

Visas can be obtained in advance at Lebanese embassies and consulates around the world.

Nationals of many countries can also obtain business or tourist visas upon arrival at Beirut International Airport and at other points of entry on the Lebanese border.

At Beirut International Airport, visa stamps can be purchased at a window directly across passport control.

The price of a 15-day visa is $17.

A single entry, three-month visa is $35.

Important note:
Travelers holding passports that contain visas or entry/exist stamps for Israel are likely to be refused entry into Lebanon.

For more information visit the General Directorate of General Security website:
www.surete-generale.gov.lb

OR

Lebanon Ministry of Tourism website:
www.lebanon-tourism.gov.lb



Weather view
Beirut enjoys a mild Mediterranean climate with four distinct seasons characterized by a hot, dry summer, a pleasant autumn and spring and a cool, rainy winter.

Summer season - June to September - usually enjoys temperatures ranging from 20 - 30°C and the driest weather, with an average of 1mm of rainfall. August is the hottest month, with an average temperature of 30°C.

January and February are the coldest months, with a monthly low  of 10°C. January is also the wettest month, with an average of 140mm. Snow in Beirut is rare and usually evaporates without accumulation. However, hail and sleet can occur quite frequently in winter.



Money talks
Banks, credit cards and ATMs: there are numerous banks all over Beirut and plenty of ATMs. Nearly all hotels, shops, restaurants and bars accept international payment cards, such as Visa, Mastercard, Maestro and American Express. Withdrawal can be made from any ATM machine found in any region of the country. Money can be withdrawn in either Lebanese Pounds or US Dollars.

Lebanese banks can also exchange travelers’ checks very easily.


Tipping:
In Beirut, standard rules of tipping apply. This means ten per cent for restaurants if the service charge is not included in the bill. Although tipping is not obligatory, it is common practice.




 
BUSINESS HOURS
Banks
:
Monday to Saturday from 8:30 to 12:30
Government offices:

From 8:00 to 14:00
Post office:

From 8:00 to 14:00
Shops and business:

Monday to Saturday from 9:00 to 18:00


Did you know?
Beirut is known as the fashion capital of the region.
Ancient Lebanese were the first to develop an alphabetic script.
The first law school in the world was built in Beirut.

To make your stay enjoyable
Visit these websites











Baalback, Bekaa Dei El Kamar, Chouf Qadisha Valley, North
Byblos, North





Downtown, Beirut Raouché, Beirut Cedars, North
Lebanese food