The repercussions of Civil War have subsided considerably and it seems the Lebanese zest for life and hospitality can have no deterrent. Beirut is a city rich in heritage, architecture and intellect. Recently with its outstanding new hotels, high-octane nightlife and arts quarter, Lebanon's resurrected capital has a lot in store for you.
Beirut is the wild child of the Middle East, exuding an air of organised chaos - designer boutiques with magnificent mosques, bullet scarred buildings with a vibrant nightlife. The 'city that never dies' resonates energy and resilience, even after years of being plummeted by invasive forces. Formerly a Phoenician port, the city juts out on into the Eastern side of the Meditarranean sea, making it a spectacular location. No matter where you are, whether in the glamorous environment of restored Downtown, the bustling streets of Hamra or the chic pubs of Mar MIkhael, its a place that caters to all yearnings. Tracing the path in and around the former Green Line, dividing East and West Beirut, you will find crumbling Ottoman mansions, bullet-scarred French Mandate-era apartments and contemporary structures standing side by side. Despite the infiltration of designer boutiques, music festivals, eateries, an eeri charm hovers above rebuilt Downtown. Head to the livelier neighbourhoods of Hamra and Achrafieh in the Servees taxis, an anecdote worthy ride as recounted by most travelers! As evening falls, you ought to join the fishermen and lovelorn Beirutis for a stroll along the Corniche as you sip on to some local Ahweh. History, hedonism and a whole lot of hummus, Beirut will only leave you craving for more!
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