watch where you are stepping
Beirut and Lebanon have been the battleground for a brutal civil war in the not too distant past. You can still see the bullet pockmarks in many walls and buildings, and many buildings still need to be repaired due to structural problems.
Therefore, under no circumstances should you trespass or otherwise go where you are not safe due to unexploded landmines amoung the rubble and unsafe buildings or stairways that may collapse.
I know because I love to take unusual photographs and a few feet this side of a wall or in that direction often make the most interesting collages. However, in Beirut this is not recommended.
Just use your common sense.
- Historical Travel
Don't assume you can easily tell if someone is Muslim, Christian or Druze. They all speak Arabic, and dress is not always an indication of group affiliation.
Do note that travelers have been denied entry into Lebanon because their passports bear an Israeli visa, an Israeli border stamp or an Egyptian or Jordanian border stamp issued by an office bordering Israel.
Don't assume it's safe to swim in the sea. Waste is often dumped inland and finds its way to the sea via rivers. Much of this pollution is not necessarily visible.
Don't be confused, or surprised, by the different spelling of words on maps and signs. Transliteration of Arabic characters into Roman letters yields many variations.
Do be prepared in business meetings to engage in small talk before getting down to business. It's considered rude to get right to the point. Also, don't talk about business during dinner.
Do accept food or drink (especially tea) when offered, even if you don't consume it. It would be very impolite to refuse.
Do listen to rababah (a stringed instrument) music if you get the chance.
Don't be surprised if you get stuck with an added tax and service charge of as much as 20% for hotel and restaurant bills.
Do expect wild taxi drivers. On our last trip, we took a memorable journey at top speed into oncoming traffic on the wrong side of a freeway.
Expect to see public displays of affection.
Greeting a Lebanese usually is done with two kisses on the cheek of a male or female.
during the war,unsecurity was important in the areas of shiah or burj-al-barajnieh,the southern part of the city,on the way to south lebanon;in these areas were the shiite militias and the palestinian camps,full of hezbollah leaders
Although Beirut was notorious...
Although Beirut was notorious for sometime for being a dangerous place; there is nothing to fear these days and I consider it one of the safest places. May be because it's my home town that I feel safe but I think those who have been there can provide their unbiase opinion too :-)
Not sure if it is still like...
Not sure if it is still like this, when I was there I had to walk down the plane and board an open-air truck to the airport. Immagine doing that during one of the coolest winters and all my clothing were inside my luggage....
Lebanese People are so friendly that you might get shocked.
So if you get a shock, Dont forget to call the emergency at: 112
Emergency Number: 112
it is dangerous to say you...
it is dangerous to say you live in israel,or to wear shorts in the shiite part of the city,or to talk to women in this same part
the picture is the famous pigeons grotto