Fringed by golden beaches, peppered with World Heritage Sites and home to the Middle East’s premier party city, Lebanon has all the hallmarks of a classic traveller’s destination. Characterised by its affable inhabitants, dramatic coastline and delicious cuisine, bustling Beirut sits at the crossroads between Europe and Arabia. Influences from east and west abound – it is not uncommon to hear the call to prayer competing with DJs in some of the livelier parts of town.
At a glance
Country Full Name: Republic of Lebanon
Capita: Beirut; 1,792,000
Area: 10,452 square kilometers (4,036 square miles)
Language: Arabic, French, English, Armenian
Religion: Muslim, Christian
Currency: Name: Lebanese Pound
Time Zones: GMT/UTC +2
Country Dialing Code: +961
Must See’s and Must Do’s
Al Shouf Cedar Nature Reserve, Baalbeck, Beirut beaches, Palm Islands, Teleferique cable car, Vineyards of the Bekaa Valley, See the neo-Ottoman campus of the American University of Beirut in Hamra, Beiteddine, Byblos, Downtown Beirut, Gibran Museum, Jeita caverns, Pigeon Rocks, Scuba-diving, Souks, Tripoli
Did you know
Its capital, Beirut, is often compared with phoenix as it was destroyed and built as much as 7 times.
There’s 1 doctor per 10 person in Lebanon.
Lebanon is the only Arab and Asian country that has absolutely no desert.
Lebanon is the country that has the most books written about it.
The creators of Tom & Jerry are originally Lebanese.
The richest man in the world comes from a Lebanese descent. (Carlos Slim)
Best time to go
Dec–Apr Skiing – and après-ski parties – in the mountains.
May–Sep The perfect time to go hiking along wild trails and through cedar forests.
Jun–Aug Beirut’s famous beach lounges and nightclubs beckon.
Al Bustan International Festival of Music and the Arts (Feb – March)
Byblos Festival (July)
Baalbeck International Festival (July)
Beiteddine Arts Festival (July – August)
Byblos Festival (July)
Money & Costs
Lebanese Pound (LBP; symbol L£) = 100 piastres. Notes are in denominations of L£100,000, 50,000, 20,000, 10,000, 5,000, 1,000, 500, 250, 100, 50, 25, 10, 5 and 1
1 AED =411.89 L£
Consulate General of Lebanon in Dubai :
Bur Dubai – Umm Hurair 1, str. # 3, Tel : +971 4 3977450, Website : www.lebanonconsulate-uae.com
Embassy of Lebanon in Abu Dhabi :
Embassies District, Tel : +971 2 449 2100, Website : www.lebembassyuae.com/
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