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14th February: Hariri's assassination

by EviP

We are a couple from Greece and will be in Beirut from Friday the 12th to Monday the 15th of February.We are visiting Beirut for the first time and were wondering if there is any celebration or demonstration going on (besides st valentine's!)in the memory of Hariri that will prevent people from circulating in the city centre or in any other part of Beirut.
thank you in advance and looking forward to experiencing living in your city!

Re: 14th February: Hariri's assassination

by EviP

my request is not about st valentine's, i think it is clear enough.
(although you may be surprised that it i-s celebrated in Beirut, too!)
you may avoid rushing your replies, my friend!

I repeat for no further misunderstandings that:
i am asking if there will be any demonstration or celebration in memory of Hariri who died after a bombing on 14/02/2005.

thank you again

Re: 14th February: Hariri's assassination

by speakyourmind

It will be a day that will be divided into two sections.

Morning to Midday there will be a gathering in Downtown Beirut and it will be closed in a few places around that area because politicians will be there to give speeches and people will be gathering there around Hariri's grave.

After Midday the whole country will be back to normal and Valentine is a Holiday celebrated by Muslims and Christians and other religious sects as well here.

Most Restaurants and nightclubs will have specials for Valentine.

I hope this Helps.

Happy Traveling.

Re: 14th February: Hariri's assassination

by EviP

from what you're saying , i get that there will not be much of a problem, on the contrary, it sounds rather interesting to be present to such an event and to experience the two different cultural-politic-social aspects of the same day...
i guess similar situations often take place all over the world...
see you in Beirut!

Travel Tips for Beirut

Lebanon's Phone Directory

by miso80

This is for everyone out there that's looking for a phone number or website about a company, restaurant, shop or place in Beirut and Lebanon..It is Lebanon's yellow pages.

If you have internet access, this will be the place to find all the contact information that you might need. If you prefer to use the phone, then from any land line dial 1515 and you will be connected to OGERO - the local phone company. You will have to dial (1 arabic, 2 english, 3 french) then you will have to dial (2 to reach the phone directory services). Then simply ask them about the information you desire.

English site:
French site:

Beirut Tip

by Narviking

Beirut is a city that sometimes gives you the feeling that you are in Europe and not in a arab country. People are dressed in the most modern fashion etc. Then suddenly you go to another area of the city and the women are wearing veils... This has to do with the fact that people of various religions live in the city, mainly muslims and christians. These are divided into very liberal people and stricktly religious ones. I guess I can say whatever your taste is you find something to satisfy you in Beirut.

Lebanese visas

by MrBill

Travelers wishing to enter Lebanon must possess a valid passport with a visa obtained beforehand from a Lebanese embassy or consulate abroad. However, many visitors from other Arab states, the USA, and from Western Europe can buy their visas upon arrival at the international airport in Beirut. If you are arriving by boat, the ship will make the necessary registration on your behalf. When we landed in Beirut on a recent cruise, the ship kept our passports, and we were given a photocopy with copy of the visa attached. But, when we left, we got our passports back with no Lebanese stamp to say we had either entered or left the country. It was very strange. However, if you have an Israeli stamp in your passport you will be denied a visa, as the two countries are still technically at war with one another. If you plan to visit Isreal and Lebanon, have the Israeli authorities stamp a piece of paper to carry in your passport, instead of your passport itself. Or you can visit other Arab countries first, and then visit Isreal, if you do not intend to return.

Cremino - on your way from the airport

by Delia_Madalina

Cremino is a well known patiserie which offers both traditional and bits of the French sweets cuisine. I've tasted their work a few times and the cakes never let me down. :) It makes for a very good reason to step in Dahiyeh (The Southern Suburb) and if you land at a decent hour in Beirut, you could stop by on your way from the airport to your hotel.

Airport Highway
Haret Hreik Entrance Road

Armenian Catholic Church

by mikey_e

I came to this Armenian Catholic Church because I was intrigued by the architecture. It is done in the traditional Armenian style, with polygonal walls that appear to have been exported from Armenia to the entirety of the Mid East. It is located on the southern edge of Damascus Street, down from Sahet ash-Shuhada and an easy walking distance from the Hariri Mosque. Its exterior is beautiful, and it appears that few people care if you enter the church. I certainly didn't have any hassle from the gardener. Inside, you won't find many ancient icons or paintings, as it appears that the entirety of the interior was renovated recently. There are a few impressive murals and paintings, but not a whole lot that is of great historical interest. The altar, however, is fairly impressive.


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