Arab Tourists in Beirut: Picture from ArabianBusiness
The United Arab Emirates and Qatar on Saturday urged their citizens to avoid travel to Lebanon, where clashes linked to the conflict in neighbouring Syria have left 10 people dead. “The UAE foreign ministry has urged citizens not to travel to Lebanon until the tense security situation there is cleared,” it said in an English-language statement carried on state news agency WAM.
Kalbani also called on “citizens currently in Lebanon to leave the country, and in case they have to stay back for any unavoidable reasons, to contact the UAE embassy in Beirut” to give their whereabouts and contact details. [Link]
You can’t really blame them for warning their citizens, specially with everything that’s been happening in the past week or so. Added to that, it comes at the worst possible time whereas the summer season is about to kick in. Our Prime Minister Najib Mikati urged them to reconsider their warnings arguing that the security situation is good. On the other hand, Tourism Minister Fadi Abboud stated “Qatar and the United Arab Emirates didn’t officially issue a travel restriction advisory for their nationals.”
Indeed, the situation in Tripoli is great and all websites are lying.
Ma badda hal add ,Israel is playing with their minds ,shakla fi war coming
Kil shi israel? akid no , this is what u get when u have syrian puppet government in Lebanon. The reason behind that decision because few gulf nationalists were arrested for being “terrorists” in Lebanon , just to backup the syrian government scenario that Lebanon is the source of “terrorism” threatening syria, this is just sad, and what’s even more sad is that some “lebanese” would agree to that.
Im a kuwaiti guy and my reservation with my family is still there, never cancelled any trip to lebanon even in the worst times. may god be with lebanon
ME too…im hoping that things would get better…my lebanese friends there r really depressed and r fearing another tourisim season would be lost…7aram all of this! for the love of god its a beautiful country with alot to offer
I’m supposed to be visiting Lebanon in a few months. The Australian government has had travel warnings up pretty much continuously since those cyclists got kidnapped, though.
But, you know, they’ve been telling everyone not to go to Indonesia ever since the Bali bombings, and you cannot stop Australians from going to Bali, and you can’t really stop them from going to Lebanon, either, there’s too many family ties. I think it’s because last time when the airport got bombed, it was really expensive for the Australian Government to get that boat from Cyprus to get everyone out.
Does Avis rent cheap boats???