Category Archives: Tourism

Week27: LiveLoveBeirut’s Best Pictures Of The Week

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Ammiqj Summer is back and Tawlit Ammiq as well – By PolSamuel

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Azadea Sanayeh garden was renovated one year ago – Photo by Saad

Beach1 Iris beach club – by Karim

Bekaa Beautiful Bekaa – by Sacha el Aref

Fishing Gone fishing – by Samer

tent Flying high – by Ahmad

Zahle Zahle Zahle Zahletna – by MishoRicha

Summer Season Is Looking Good So Far For Lebanon

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The number of passengers during the first four months of 2015 reached a record high of 1,969,222 passengers and showed an increase of almost 10% when compared to the same period last year. Similarly, Lebanon’s hotels (four and five stars) witnessed an increase in occupancy from 42% last year to almost 54% this year according to an Ernst & Young study. Doha, Madina, Abu Dhabi and Dubai all ranked higher with an occupancy rate of over 75%. As far as room rates are concerned, the average room rate in Beirut rose from $163 in 2014 to $173 this year, vs $303 in Dubai and $227 in Abu Dhabi. I wish they added a breakdown by nationalities to see if we are getting more Arab tourists this year or not.

In all cases, summer is looking good so let’s keep our fingers crossed that everything will stay calm inside Lebanon and on the borders.

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Check out the full report [here].

What Is This Arab Tourism Award Jbeil (Byblos) Just Won?

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I’m really happy that Byblos won the Arab Tourism Capital Title for 2016 but I am really confused about this award as I can’t find anything about it. There’s no doubt that Jbeil deserves to win such an award but who are we competing against and who’s coming up with these awards? What exactly is the Arab Council of Tourism?

I tried to look up the Arab Council of Tourism online and found a website called [arab-tourismorg.org] which didn’t help much. In fact, I realized Jbeil wasn’t the only winner as the Saudi city Abha also won the same award for the year 2016 and 2017. If this is true, then Jbeil won the award for two years not just one (yay?).

Jbeil was also chosen as the best Arab Tourist City by the World Tourism Organization in 2013 but I could barely find anything related to it as well. Don’t get me wrong as I am not trying to question the awards but if we are only hearing about them in Beirut then what’s the point?

I honestly think our primary focus should be on promoting tours and activities in Jbeil because these awards won’t help much if tourists don’t know how to get to Byblos. I just had a quick look at Livelovelebanon (where it’s still winter) and destinationlebanon where I found a very helpful pdf but not so user-friendly.

Otherwise, congrats to Jbeil which is one of my favorite cities in Lebanon and I’m going to dedicate a post very soon to Jbeil, how to get there, things to do, places to go, restaurants to visit etc …

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An Amazing HQ Lebanon Video From The 1960s

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If you are like old pictures and videos of Lebanon, then Kheireddine El-Ahdab is the man to follow. He always shares the most amazing old videos and pictures of Beirut and Lebanon and his latest is this amazing 5-minute high quality video shot in Beirut and Lebanon in the 1960s. The video is from the AP archives and was taken from the movie 24 hours to kill.

You can easily spot the old Beirut airport, Phoenicia hotel, Excelsior and St George hotel, the Casino du Liban and other landmarks. Check out the video [here].

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ST george Fashion trends back then.

stgeorge1 The famous St Georges hotel and bay

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swin and ski Swim and ski in the same day.

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jagalna Wearing sunglasses at nightclubs is still a trend

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Week26: LiveLoveBeirut’s Best Pictures Of The Week

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Ghbeleh Dream house in Ghbeleh – Keserwan

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Common fest Common Fest – by Sarine

Jump Jump! By Chris Kabalan

Lebanon Batroun – by Dany

paragliding Paragliding over the Jounieh bay – By Petko

Qartaba Camping by the river – by Bachrouchali

Saida sea castle Saida sea castle – by Burjir

Who Offers Guided Walking Tours In Beirut?

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Update: WalkBeirut is not organizing walks at the moment.

One of my favorite things to do in Beirut is walk around and discover new streets, old houses and hidden spots. I always have people ask me about the location of some of the pictures I take while I’m walking around Achrafieh, Mar Mikhael or Gemmayze and I always thought it would be a nice idea to organize walks around Beirut and let tourists and locals discover the old parts of Beirut like they’ve never seen them before.

For those interested, there’s WalkBeirut, which is run by AUB graduates, and offers guided walking tours of Beirut, and there’s also Beirut Old City Walk which is run by Elie Karam who take tourists on walks and shows them Beirut’s old hidden gems. Elie’s next walk is scheduled for May 24. WalkBeirut is obviously the better choice if you want a professional well-guided tour, but I’ve read testimonials on Elie’s Facebook page and most of them loved the experience and found him funny so I think both of them are worth a try, specially that they cover different areas.

In fact, Beirut old city walk covers Achrafieh and Burj Hammoud areas while WalkBeirut‘s stops are mostly around DownTown Beirut and Kantari area. The ticket prices are respectively $15 and $20 excluding food.

If you know other people or organizations who offer walking tours, I will gladly share them.

Week24: LiveLoveBeirut’s Best Pictures Of The Week

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Nahr Ibrahim Nahr Ibrahim by NajibHajjar

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Nino Colors of sunset – by Ninofenianos

Rio Jesus Keserwan not Rio – by MichoKhoury

Souks elephant Warming up for AUB Outdoors – by PolSamuel at The Beirut Souks

Thirsty Thirsty? By Shoufreserve

Tyr Hidden gem in the South – by Mounir

Follow Haig Melikian: A Lebanese-Armenian Who Loves Biking And Nature

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If you like biking and nature, Haig Melikian is definitely someone worth following in Lebanon. I’ve been following Haig since Day1 and I love all his pictures. Whether it’s really hot or freezing cold, Haig is always on his bike and sharing the most amazing pictures wherever he goes. His videos are also pretty cool.

I used to love biking during spring and I remember we used to take trips from Hrajel to Afka where the cave and the waterfalls are. It’s a lot of fun and makes you discover amazing places in Lebanon. Unfortunately, it’s been a while since I went on a bike trip and seeing Haig’s pictures makes me miss it more.

I shared some of Haig’s pictures below (with his permission of course), and you can check out his profile [here].

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Week23: LiveLoveBeirut’s Best Pictures Of The Week

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Maison Rose Maison Rose – By Georgeper

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sunset222 Putting the sun to sleep – by Hassanhakkani

mreisseain Ain el Mreisse by night – by Sacha el Aref

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dog Youki and his red car – By Joe_e

Coffee Coffee anyone? By KarlSader