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General Information

 

luxury hotels Lebanon offers plenty of luxury hotels, all of which are well-equipped to ensure a pleasant and comfortable stay. Numerous gourmet restaurants offer a plethora of international cuisines, including Italian, Japanese, French, Mexican and Chinese, while first-rate Lebanese restaurants abound in the capital and throughout the country. The Ministry of Tourism publishes an informative General Tourism Guide including, among others, hotels, restaurant, cafés, leisure, shopping, beauty centers, etc… Available at the Office of Tourism. The Ministry also offers visitor information for each lebanese region.

   
  Climate 

Climate

 

Lebanon has a Mediterranean climate, with mild to cool, wet winters, and hot summers. The Lebanese mountains experience heavy winter snows. In summer, temperatures vary from a low of 16ºC at night to a high of 35ºC during the day. Winter temperatures are mild and usually average 14ºC during the day. Fall is a transitional period, with cooling days and occasional showers. In spring, the winter snows melt, the temperatures rise and Lebanon’s countryside blooms with flowers and greenery.

   
  Local Time 

Local Time

  Lebanese time is GMT + 2 hours in winter and GMT + 3 hours in summer.
   
  Currency 

Currency

 

The official currency is the Lebanese Pound, but the US Dollar is widely accepted. The exchange rate is roughly LL 1,500 to the dollar.

   
  Languages 

Languages

 

Arabic is the official language of Lebanon, but French, English, and to a lesser degree Armenian, are widely spoken, especially in the Greater Beirut region.

   
  Universities 

Universities

 

Many universities operate in Lebanon offering the opportunity for higher education. The most prestigious university in Lebanon, and indeed in the entire Arab world, is the American University of Beirut (AUB), located along the capital’s western shores in Ras Beirut. During Lebanon’s golden years, from independence in 1943 to the beginnings of the war in 1975, every Arab leader studied at AUB, as did most of the Middle East's great thinkers, writers, and philosophers. Other important colleges include the Lebanese philosophers. Other important colleges include the Lebanese American University (LAU), the francophone St. Joseph University (USJ), Notre Dame University (NDU), Beirut Arab University, University of Balamand, Haigazian University, and the state-run Lebanese University (UL).

   
  Ports 

Ports

 

Lebanon has a number of operational ports, the most important of which are the Beirut, Jounieh, Tripoli, Chekka, Zahrani, Sidon, and Tyre ports. There are also marinas along the coast, including the Mövenpick marina in Ramlet el Baida, the Beirut marina Downtown, and the Joseph Khoury marina in Dbayeh.

   
  Airports 

Airports

 

Lebanon’s main airport is Beirut International Airport, located 10 minutes south of the capital. In addition, the country has four airports with paved runways and three smaller facilities with unpaved runways.

   
  Visas 

Visas

 

Travelers wishing to enter Lebanon must possess a valid passport with a visa obtained from a Lebanese embassy or consulate abroad. Residents of the United States, most members of the European Union and countries of the Arabian Gulf can obtain visas at Beirut International Airport. A valid passport is required. Refer to http://www.emigrants.gov.lb/

   
  Customs 

Customs

 

Personal effects are exempt from customs. Alcohol is limited to two bottles per person and tobacco to 500 grams, 400 cigarettes, or 20 cigars.

   
  Working Hours 

Working Hours

 

Sunday is the official day off, but many shops and supermarkets stay open all week. Working hours are generally as follows:


Government: Monday-Thursday, 8am-2pm; Friday 8am-11am; Saturday, 8am-1pm

Private Sector: Monday-Friday, 8am-6pm; Saturday 8am-1pm

Banks: Monday-Friday, 8:30am-4pm; Saturday 8am-1pm

Shops: Monday-Saturday, 9:30am-6pm

Supermarkets: Daily, 8:30am-8pm

Note: Opening hours may vary in summer. Shops, banks and offices may have slightly different schedules, so it’s always a good idea to check ahead of time.

   
 
 
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