(BEIRUT, LEBANON) — A U.S.-based magazine has named Beirut, Lebanon among the “7 cities that will change your life” for its history, cuisine, and “haven of calm.”
Inc. magazine, founded in 1979 and based in New York City, is an American monthly publication focused on growing companies. The digital edition features fast-growing U.S. companies and tips for entrepreneurs.
The recent article published on July 2, was featured in the ‘Life’ section of the business magazine.
“Changing your scenery, if only for a short while, might be just the thing you need to trigger your personal growth and success,” wrote Peter Economy, the author of the article.
Economy encouraged Inc. readers to “abandon (their) preconceptions of the Middle East and find beauty where you’ve never looked before.”
In all of the Middle East’s turmoil, Beirut continues to stand as an untouched haven of calm. The Lebanese city has been called the “Paris of the Middle East,” a bastion of culture and light. Walk in the footsteps of the Romans and Ottomans, who once stalked the land. Chat with the street vendors on the Corniche’s four-kilometer-long seafront. Eat the food. Definitely eat the food.
Other cities on the list include:
- Istanbul, Turkey
- Hanoi, Vietnam
- Cape Town, South Africa
- Grindavík, Iceland
- San Francisco, CA
- Kyoto, Japan
In December 2014, Beirut was among seven cities selected as a “New7Wonders” city, beating out more than 1,000 competitors.