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Lebanon Water Festival 2014 Edition

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The Lebanon Water Festival for the year 2014 will take place between August and September and is open to everyone. You can join in as a participants, spectator or volunteer and take part in activities like Underwater Diving, water skiing, sailing, surfing, stand up paddle and kite boarding.

Check out the full calendar [here] and go have some fun!

Where Are The Public And Free Beaches In Lebanon?

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I was in Ayia Napa a couple of weeks ago and all the beaches were accessible to everyone for free. You only had to pay in case you want a long chair, a towel or drinks. Unfortunately for us Lebanese, the majority of Lebanon’s coastline is privatized and entrance fees to the 250+ beach clubs can range from 10$ to 40$ or more.

Nevertheless, there are still public and free beaches that one can access all along the coast, mainly in Batroun, Anfeh, Amchit and Tyr areas. Glamroz posted some of them but I know for sure that there are more, so please do share the names of any free or public beaches you know of in Lebanon. Once I compile all the answers, I will group them into one final list with their location and pictures if available.

Here’s the list I got so far:

Ta7et el Rih, Anfeh: The beach is located 65 Kilometers north of Beirut and 15 Kilometers south of Tripoli. There are no entrance fees.
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El Herri, Chekka: My mum used to take us there when we were kids and the (sandy) beach was amazing and for free. There are a lot of small beach clubs, like Benny Beach St Helene Beach and Saint Antoine, with a relatively cheap entrance fee (less than 10$).

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Tyr (Sour) and Naqoura Beaches: Most of the beaches in Tyr and Naqoura are for free. Al Fanar beach in Tyr is free for sure but that’s the only one I know of. The Tyr bay is one of the cleanest and most beautiful in Lebanon.

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Batroun and Amchit beaches: There’s of course Pierre and Friends which is one of the most popular free beaches in Lebanon and a great place to relax and have a drink. There’s also White Beach which has a small entrance fee and a lot of other beaches along the coast.

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Nakheel or Rabbit Island in Tripoli: This is an island located at some 11 km off the coast of Tripoli. You have to plan a trip there as there are no shops or restaurants and you need to take a boat to get there. You will find plenty of them once you get to the Tripoli port.
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There are also free beaches in Ramlet el Baida in Beirut, Ouzai and along the Sidon coast but some of them are not very clean. You can also find few free and public beaches on the Jounieh bay but I don’t have their names or they simply don’t have a name. I will be waiting for everyone’s feedback to make a final list.

Jounieh 2014 Fireworks

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The Jounieh fireworks yesterday were even more spectacular than last year and I was at one of the best spots to watch them all on the roof top of Hotel Monte Cassino, which is a new boutique hotel right next to the Casino du Liban. I posted a couple of shots I took and you can find below more pictures taken from the Jounieh Festival Facebook page.

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Lebanon: Not As Seen on TV

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These videos are part of the Live Love Lebanon campaign and were shot by young Lebanese to show alternative gateways in Lebanon and emphasize on Lebanese hospitality, eco-tourism and basic pleasures in life.

You’ve seen the international news reports. You’ve heard the talk. But Lebanon is much more than that. From exciting Beirut nights to the serenity of its villages, and from the crashing waves of its shores to its snow-capped mountains, the Lebanese are showing the world what their country is truly about.

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Grand Hyatt Beirut Under Construction

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I was walking around DownTown Beirut when I spotted the Grand Hyatt construction site. I haven’t seen or heard about it before but based on what I’ve read, its construction was suspended due to the regional and local tensions but they resumed the works back in September 2013. The hotel is expected to be open by 2015.

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The hotel will be very close to Down Town Beirut, to the Zaitunay bay and Beirut’s New Waterfront.

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Bringing Back The Tourists: LiveLoveLebanon Campaign Launched

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The #LiveLoveLebanon campaign was launched yesterday by the Minister of Tourism in an attempt to promote unorthodox touristic activities in Lebanon. Tourists will now be able to plan their trip to Lebanon by choosing from various themed packages available on LiveLoveLebanon.com.

The website looks nice, the initiative is great and the themes are well chosen, but I hate the fact that we end up opening old PDF documents with barely any pictures. Even the front page doesn’t show any picture of Lebanon. Tourists like to see where they are going and how it looks like and we have tons of beautiful pictures to promote Lebanon with, so let’s use them!

One more thing, I looked at the Fun Lovers theme and there’s only Golfing in Beirut. You’d expect partying, rafting, climbing, scuba diving, ATV rides when we talk about fun so it would be great to add a couple of awesome packages here.

PS: I urge Minister Pharaon to revamp the current MOT site because it’s ugly!