How to get ready for a day at the beach in Lebanon

It’s summer in Beirut, and there is no better place to spend the season than at one of Lebanon’s best beaches!

Here are some tips and tricks to make the most out of your time.

First, you have to pick the right spot! If you’re ready to spend big bucks, perhaps you can consider booking a chalet ahead of time.

Some of the best beaches in Lebanon are known for their luxury and proximity to the Mediterranean Sea. Consider trying something new with:

Next, you need to figure out what to wear.

For the men: skip the board shorts, baggy fits and tacky patterns and stick with a stylish swimsuit with a solid or simple pattern.

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Off-shoulder shapes and textured fabrication are all back in style for the summer.

And while on the way there and back, pick a nice summer dress or tank top to stay comfortable.

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Finally, don’t forgot to bring your shades and radio speakers!

If you’re into drinking, a nice cold pack of Almaza will do nicely in the summer heat.

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PHOTOS: This hotel suite in Broumana costs $80,000 per night!

A hotel in Broumana charges a whopping $80,000 per night for a stay inside one of its luxury suites!

The Grand Hills Hotel in Lebanon’s Metn district is best known for its ‘Royal Residence,’ which boasts “a private entrance and 7 floors of pure luxury,” according to the hotel website.

The ‘Royal Residence’ was named the largest hotel suite in the world by the Guinness World Records. The suite is 44,500 square-feet, or 4,131 square-meters!

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The hotel, owned by the Marriott Luxury Collection, looks more like a mansion on the outside. A private entrance leads guests into world-class luxury space for up to ten people.

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Amenities include an exquisite library, dining area and among the most stunning views of Lebanon.

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The 7-story residence also includes three pavilion suites, rare sculptures and elegant antique furniture.

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On the outside, the mansion is surrounded by private gardens and two large swimming pools.

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To see more of the Royal Residence at the Grand Hills Hotel, click here.

Lebanese man sets World Record for fastest crossing of Lebanon on foot

A Lebanese man set a Guinness World Record for the fastest crossing of Lebanon on foot — in just 1 day, 15 hours and 49 minutes!

Ali Wehbi set the record in the town of Naqoura, one of the southernmost points on the Lebanese coast.

The avid runner started the run on March 31 and ended on April 2, which is World Autism Awareness Day.

“This run is dedicated to all persons with autism, all families dealing with it,” Wehbi said. “It’s also dedicated to all autism organizations offering support, research and treatments, each and every person is touched by it directly and indirectly.”

Ali Wehbi set a Guinness World Record for the fastest crossing Lebanon on foot. (Ali Wehbi/Facebook)
Ali Wehbi set a Guinness World Record for the fastest crossing Lebanon on foot. (Ali Wehbi/Facebook)

Wehbi ran through some of Lebanon’s most iconic landmarks, including the Tropoli Castle, Raouche Rock, Saida Castle and Sour Old Heritage, the Guinness World Records reports.

The landmarks were lit in blue for the #LightItUpBlue campaign to raise awareness for autism.

Ali is known as an extreme runner and adventurer. He has a Facebook page called the International Lebanese Deserts Runner.

WATCH: Fastest crossing of Lebanon on foot


Uber delivers janerik to Beirut customers for only $1

Ordering an Uber is supposed to bring you an easy ride to your destination.

But for one day in Lebanon, ordering an Uber meant easy access to sour green plums.

Uber Lebanon hosted a bizarre promotion on May 14 that offered 1 kilogram of janerik, or sour plums, for only $1.

Uber customers could order the springtime snack by using the UberJANERIK promo code on their app.

The delivery even came with salt on the side.

Many customers shared photos of their #UberJANERIK on Twitter.

It appeared to be a smashing marketing success!

Only in Lebanon.

Throwback: ‘World Strictest Parents’ shoot episode in Lebanon

The ‘World’s Strictest Parents’ TV show shot an episode in Lebanon in 2009 — and nearly 10 years later, it’s still worth watching!

For the sixth episode of season 2, British teenagers Debbie McQueen and Daniel Drinkwater lived with the Hajjar family in Lebanon.

The strict parents were former policeman Abdulsalam and nurse Iman. They are a Sunni Muslim family in Beirut, according to BBC.

For the week they spent in Lebanon, the teenagers found it hard to follow a strict dress code and zero alcohol tolerance policy.

A handful of times throughout the episode they were found crying and emotionally breaking down because of stress.

The British-based show’s concept is to send undisciplined teenagers to stay with a strict family somewhere around the world for a week.

Watch the episode preview below:

For more information on the episode, click here.

How Instagram’s ‘Rich Kids of Beirut’ spend their fortunes

Lebanon is the 12th most billionaire-dense country in the world, according to Business Insider — and the country’s most affluent children sure know how to spend their family fortunes.

The Instagram page @richkidsdebeirut shows off the day-in-the-life of Lebanon’s elite.

From imported cars to expensive designer clothes, the small Mediterranean nation has its fair share of rich kids.

The only problem these kids have is choosing which car to take for the day.

Some of the cars are customized and imported from other countries, like Dubai.

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The best views money can buy.

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Enjoying Eid in style.

Savoring the beautiful Mediterranean sunset.

Couple goals.

Before takeoff.

Champagne overlooking over the city.

Champagne over Beirut 🥂 #richkidsofbeirut #rkob #beirut

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WATCH: Epic wedding entrance captures Lebanese and Assyrian cultures!

As we’ve shown you before, Lebanese tend to take things a step further with their weddings. This epic fusion of Assyrian and Lebanese cultures is no exception!

In their most recent video, the Australian-based YouTube channel Iconic Films captured Anthony and Karolin’s wedding, and showcased the best of their Lebanese and Assyrian cultures.

The Iconic Films team captures weddings around the world and “are passionate about constantly challenging themselves from a creative and technological aspect.”

Congratulations to Anthony and Karolin!

Watch the incredible wedding entrance here:

You can also watch the full wedding, by clicking here.

Lebanese street artist decorates abandoned Murr Tower with sun clothes

Lebanese street artist Jad Khoury decorated the abandoned Murr Tower with sun clothes to transform a ‘memorial of internal conflicts’ into public art.

The famous building is a symbol of the Lebanese Civil War, which began construction in 1974 and remained unfinished. The war began in 1975.

The 40-story building, located in downtown Beirut, remains abandoned.

Khoury told the French lifestyle outlet L’Agenda Culturel that sun clothes added color to the building and provides a paradox to the memories of conflict.

The sun clothes are set to remain on the building until September, the outlet added.

Viral video showcases Lebanon’s beauty, landmarks by drone

Lebanon’s most recognizable landmarks are showcased by beautiful overhead shots in a new viral video from the UNILAD Adventure Facebook page.

The page is based in the United Kingdom and showcases exquisite footage from countries around the world.

In a recent post, the page posted drone footage of Lebanon’s most visited areas with the caption, “Who knew Lebanon was so stunning.”

In less than 24 hours the video post accumulated over 1.2 million views and 35 thousand likes.

The footage UNILAD used was obtained from the YouTube channel Two Wheels Across.

Commissioned by the Lebanese Ministry of Tourism, the channel “spent summer months filming Lebanon from Above, including its rural, urban, cultural touristic and historical location, as well as the amazing number of festivals.”

WATCH: Full original drone video:

More Lebanese tourists expected to visit Greece, travel agencies say

Greece is expected to welcome more tourists from Lebanon in 2018, according to travel agencies that participated in the recent ‘Greek Tourism Workshop‘ held in Beirut.

Organizers believe the number of Lebanese tourists in Greece is expected to rise by at least 20 percent.

“Greek culture has a lot in common with the culture of the Lebanese people — who love Greece and consider the country an exceptional tourism destination that provides them with happy moments and memories,” said Katerina Mousbeh, general manager of Mideast Travel.

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Travel agents say Lebanese tourism in Athens and Central Macedonia is already gaining popularity. Charter flights to Crete and the South Aegean islands are set to increase this year.

The Greek Aegean Airlines is also planning to launch direct flights from Beirut to Heraklio on Crete, Rhodes and Mykonos this summer, according to the Greek Travel Pages.

The ‘Greek Tourism Workshop’ in Beirut was held by the Greek National Tourism Organization to attract more tourists from the Arab market. The workshop was also held in New Delhi, Kuwait, Riyadh and Dubai.

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