"Paris Of The Middle East ? Not Really..." Beirut by coceng

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5th April 2005 ( Tuesday )
I was really excited in reaching Beirut ! My first trip to The Middle East & I chose Beirut (over Amman) as my first destination for this first trip ! Although I stopped over in Dubai, that doesn't count as I do not know anything about it apart from my brother had been there...
Smooth flight by MAS Airline; Arrived in Beirut at 2 pm (local time).
Click HERE for some photos of this flight journey...
After getting my luggage & cleared customs I went out ! All I wanted to do first was to smoke but taxi drivers one by one asked me where I wanted to go ! I had to shake my head millions of times !
I could say, "Wait ! I wanted to smoke first !"...but would they understand ?!
After smoking, I looked for a tourist office to escape the taxi drivers & this nice & beautiful young lady was very helpful in explaining me to move around Beirut.
She gave me many brochures !
Before I left her desk, she said, "You are very brave !
I asked what she meant by that. She smiled & said that I would still wanted to come to her country inspite of what have been written in the world medias of the political events (all bad) that had happened for the last few months in Beirut...
I smiled back but I thought she shouldn't remind any tourist of that !


Beirut is the capital of Lebanon & Beirut is still being built.
The civil war is something that Beirut doesn't want to be associated with, life goes on...
The world medias on the other hand keep on reminding us, visitors or not...of the history in Beirut particularly for the last 10 years or so.
What a shame as Beirut could be a good attraction to visitors coming to The Middle East.
Beirut is certainly an easy city to move around once you muster the roads & the buildings.
The Mediterranean Sea is an added vibe to Beirut as walking along the corniche is a must when you are in Beirut.
Lively activities can be seen on the corniche.
The most visible hazard in Beirut is the traffic ! Crazy drivings can be seen or be experienced whether you are on a vehicle or not !
National Museum of Beirut will offer the visitors some glimpses of this city, known to have The Romans built some of their strategic buildings in here long ago...
So, will Beirut be Paris Of The Middle East ?
Surely if the car horns could be replaced with some real instruments, then why not ?
...Why not ?

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:A City Still Struggling To Make A Name...
  • Cons:Oh The Traffic ! Crazy !...
  • In a nutshell:At Least Walking Along The Corniche...Until You Reach The Pigeon Rocks !
  • Last visit to Beirut: Apr 2005
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Jim_Eliason's Profile Photo
    Aug 10, 2010 at 3:41 AM

    Good pictures

  • Jan 3, 2008 at 12:39 PM

    this is the omari mosque! and the mosque that "you" mentionned "omari" is the "emir mansour 'assaf mosque".

  • triplehelix's Profile Photo
    Mar 30, 2006 at 4:45 PM

    hey! i love your pages, so organized :). i'm heading out to lebanon, syria, and jordan this fall. your tips will come in handy.

  • hivaoa1's Profile Photo
    Sep 4, 2005 at 11:03 AM

    hey your pics look great.. Lebanon and Syria have to be one of my next trips... it looks so beautiful and interesting ciaoooooo

  • Narviking's Profile Photo
    May 11, 2005 at 7:47 AM

    Hope you enjoyed Beirut as much as I did !


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