Category Archives: Travel

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].

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].

Phoenicia Phoenicia hotel.

ST george Fashion trends back then.

stgeorge1 The famous St Georges hotel and bay

jj Berdwani in Zahle

swin and ski Swim and ski in the same day.

souks Jewelry souks

jagalna Wearing sunglasses at nightclubs is still a trend

Casino Casino du Liban

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

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

Lebanon And North Korea Passports Have The Same Ranking

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According to Passport Index.org, Lebanon and North Korea have a passport power rank of 73, which means that you can visit 44 countries without a visa using these passports. Cambodia and Gabon also share the same score. In terms of Arab countries, UAE is on top with 72 visa free countries while Lebanon has the worst ranking which doesn’t sound right specially when Syria is still ahead of us.

Here’s the full list of Arab countries with their corresponding ranking:
47– United Arab Emirates (72 visa free countries)
52– Qatar (66 visa free countries)
54– Kuwait (64 visa free countries)
57– Saudi Arabia (61 visa free countries)
61– Bahrain (61 visa free countries)
63- Oman (54 visa free countries)
64– Egypt (53 visa free countries)
68- Jordan (49 visa free countries)
69- Syria (48 visa free countries)
73– Lebanon (44 visa free countries)

The US topped the list worldwide, followed by United Kingdom, France, South Korea and Germany.

PS: The Henley & Partners Visa Restriction Index shows the Lebanese Passport in the 88th position (out of 93).

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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

Foul Foul Option Van

dog Youki and his red car – By Joe_e

Coffee Coffee anyone? By KarlSader

Week22: LiveLoveBeirut’s Best Pictures Of The Week

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Zahle Stunning Zahle by charbolography

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chezmaguz Chez Maguy in Amchit by insta_jenn

yasou3 Gorgeous sunset by Plus961

qadisha Valley of the Saints or Qadisha – by Charbel Bouez

maamoul Lots and lots of Maamoul – by KarenOgeil

harissa Our Lady of Harissa

from the sky From the sky – by charbolography

easter Happy Easter – by restaurantamar

Week21: LiveLoveBeirut’s Best Pictures Of The Week

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Marj Tarchich by Sacha el Aref

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lol Chou ya Ashta? By ItsGeorge

Surfing Surfing in Lebanon – by Elio

Jezzine Beautiful Jezzine Waterfalls – by Ayamhanna

Hammana Spring time in Hammana – by Sacha Al Aref

Chabrou7 Chabrouh dam – by m_kay

Cha3nine Happy Palm Sunday (Cha3neene) – By Antoniohab

Week20: LiveLoveBeirut’s Best Pictures Of The Week

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AUB LiveLoveAUB By Ragheb

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Sioufi Green Beiruti house by Inesbey

Eclipse A cool shot of the partial solar eclipse – by Samarhitti

Baskinta Baskinta by elias

Anfeh Angry waves at Enfeh – by JubranElias

Amchit2 Amchit sunset by Nareg

Amchit Jbeil – Amchit from the sky by SleimanCharbel