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.
The hotel will be very close to Down Town Beirut, to the Zaitunay bay and Beirut’s New Waterfront.
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].
The Huffington Post shared a list of the “9 Places You Absolutely, Positively Must See Before You Die” on their 9th birthday and included Lebanon among them. To make it even better, they put a picture of the church I got married in.
Al-Jadeed got ahold of this footage from inside the MEA Frankfurt-Beirut Flight that got disrupted by an angry passenger. It shows the passenger that caused all this fuss handcuffed on the ground.
I started this “How To Spend One Day In Lebanon” series of posts last year but had to stop them given the security situation at the time. However, I am hoping that this summer will be better for Lebanon so I will resume the posts in the upcoming weeks.
The 3 posts I’ve written last year are still valid and you can check them out below:
How To Spend One Day In Lebanon [Day1] [Day2] [Day3]
I tried looking for some footage from inside the plane but didn’t find any. That’s a pretty messed up story.
Aurora Borealis is a beautiful natural light display in the sky that can extend as high as 640km above the earth’s surface. It is the result of “collisions between electrically charged particles from the sun that enter the earth’s atmosphere”.
Here’s a time-lapse shot by a Lebanese Photographer using a Canon 6D over a period of 3 days.
I wonder how hard it is for the Ministry of Tourism to spell-check Lebanese cities. Hamra is spelled differently twice, Achrafieh three times and Broummana is misspelled.
Let’s hope Beirut will get back soon on the tourist map.
Istanbul topped the TripAdvisor list followed by Rome, London and Beijing. Dubai ranked 17th. To check out the full list, click [here].