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UK Embassy Updates Travel Advice To Lebanon

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The security situation in parts of Lebanon can deteriorate quickly. There is potential for further violence, which could restrict departure options. The ability of the British government to provide assistance with departures may be limited. Keep up to date with developments, be vigilant, follow local advice and avoid any protests or demonstrations. Roads can become blocked due to protests. See Political situation

There is a high threat from terrorism. There is a high risk of attacks by Islamist extremist groups, which could be indiscriminate and affect Lebanese security authorities, checkpoints and places visited by foreigners like hotels, restaurants, tourist sites western-style shopping centres and supermarket chains.

Security authorities are at a high state of alert and conducting security operations across Lebanon. Suspects have detonated explosions to avoid arrest and attacks could take place in areas not previously targeted. If you notice that a security operation is underway you should immediately leave the area. [Source]

Off To Ayia Napa

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I am currently in Cyprus and should be back on Sunday night. One of my closest friends is getting married next week so we’ve decided to go to Aiya Napa to celebrate his last single days in style. I’ll be online all the time but won’t be writing any posts before Sunday night or even Monday.

Until then, I’ll be posting pictures on my Instagram so add me if you aren’t already following me. [LeNajib]

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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I’m Off To Jordan

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In few hours, I’m heading to Amman courtesy of the Jordan Tourism Board. I will be spending a week in Jordan visiting the main sites and attractions and enjoying all the activities they’ve prepared for us. They sent me a couple of days ago the schedule and it includes attending the Pope’s mass, visiting the Baptism site, Petra, Wadi Rum, Aqaba, the Dead Sea and Nebo among other things.

I am excited for this trip as it’s my first visit to Jordan. As usual you could follow me by adding me on Instagram, my username is LeNajib or you can check out my pictures with your web browser by clicking [Here].

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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L’Hote Libanais: Lebanese Families Invite You To Stay With Them

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Instead of staying in hotels the next time you visit Lebanon, L’Hote Libanais gives you the opportunity to stay with Lebanese families in their own homes. You can either stay with Jamil in his 84 year old Beirut home, chill with the Emirs in Roula’s mountain house in the Chouf area, or chill at Colette’s seaside house in Batroun.

I think a lot of tourists and locals would love this experience as it’s different from the hotel stay and closer to the real life in Beirut and Lebanon as a whole. We need more of these Bed & Breakfast places in order to promote tourism in Lebanon and let people discover the whole country and not just visit Beirut, go to the Jeita Grotto and Baalbeck.

Check out the website [Here].