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 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....
Be careful of taking photographs thru out city of Beirut, especially where military are present, you may want to ask first. It is a wonderful place, but certain areas you want to refrain from photos, bombed areas, military present, etc.
never ever hire a car:)))
there are millions of cars on the way all time until night.. people drive as they r in F1..in istanbul we mention about huge traffic but from now i dont:)))
we took taxies to go somewhere.. u should bargain about how much to pay.. (no taximeter) and you must talk to someone about the average before bargain:)
We were in Beirut in March 2006 ---before the recent war.
Whilst walking along the Corniche (sea front promenade) I went to take a photo of the bay. A couple of soldiers were just in my shot.....they weren't happy! Beware!
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 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