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Beirut Holidays Overview
Beirut, the capital of Lebanon is home to 1.2 million people, almost half the countryís population. The vibrant city is undergoing an impressive renaissance following fifteen years of civil war in which many of its historic and cultural gems were obliterated. The downtown area has come alive in the last few years, with renovated buildings, an excellent shopping centre, and friendly pavement cafes.
Beirut is a city of contradictions, with glitz and glamour on one side of the street, and poverty on the other. An evening walk along the Corniche, where all of Beirutís social classes come to stroll, is a unique experience that will allow you to feel the life and buzz of the city.
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Beirut international film festival
A week long festival in late September, the Beirut international film festival features an Arab film competition for both feature films and short films from Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, UAE, Yemen, Iraq, Jordan, Syria, Iran and Turkey. It also showcases at least twenty Arab and international feature films.
National Heritage day
National Heritage day is celebrated in May with a national exhibition at one of many locations throughout Beirut. During the time of the exhibition, museums in Beirut, as well as other sites of historic interest throughout Lebanon will grant free student access.
The Beirut Marathon is an annual event held in December, featuring a fun run and mini marathon as well as a full length marathon for able bodied and disabled athletes. The marathon was first held in 2003 and aims to promote running, health, and personal achievement. The marathon is organized as a charity event to enable organizations within Lebanon to enter sponsored participants.
holidays - How to Get There
Flight time from Australia to Beirut is around 20 hours, and at least one stop over is required. The main airlines flying from Sydney or Melbourne to Beirut include Emirates, Qantas Airways, and Etihad Airways, and changes usually occur in Dubai or Abu Dhabi.