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Living in Beirut, Lebanon:
Tips for Moving and Visiting

12 local experts

If you've been wondering what it's like to live in or visit Beirut, the Crowdsourced Explorer community can help. We asked 12 people living in Beirut what someone who is considering moving to or visiting there should know. Here are their pros and cons, tips, and advice:

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If someone where to move to Beirut, they should first consider which area of the city they would like to reside in. There are quite a few modern, urbanized sectors of Beirut, but these can be quite expensive, especially if the traveler is self-funded. Apart from concerns over money and finance, which every traveler should think about before moving cities, anyone coming to Beirut should know that most people here are welcoming and warm, and speak several languages, English being one of them.

Mireille, says: 2020

If someone were moving to Beirut, I think the most important thing to know is that people are very kind, generous, and helpful. Lebanese people always jump at the occasion to help. They are generous and always offer you a free meal, a free ride, whatever they can possibly offer. Because of the many wars and political unrest that they’ve been through, Lebanese people are resilient like no one you’ve ever seen. They get knocked down and back up easily, not because they are heartless or tough, but because they are hopeful and joyful. They enjoy life and look for any occasion to celebrate life. If you really want to understand all the above, attend a Lebanese wedding, and you will not only understand what it is to be Lebanese, but you will feel it.

Mireille, says: 2020

Moving to Beirut might be the best decision someone could take. However, before taking that decision, many factors should be taken into consideration. First and foremost, the Arabic language is not an easy one to learn. However, most Lebanese speak at least two to three languages including French and English. Another factor is the lack of reliable public transport: buses are not always on time and don’t always have the same itinerary. However, cabs are affordable when the rides are short and international cab services exist such as Uber and Careem.

Beirut is a captivating city. Its people are some of the most generous, life-loving people you could ever meet. The food in Beirut is absolutely fantastic, and has been praised all over the world. However, make sure to try the street food in Beirut first, as it is through street food that you get to really experience any city’s culture.

it is a great choice! My city contains beautiful landscapes, lots of activities, and a multiple of top rated restaurants. the people here are well known for their kindness and hospitality. Finally, every single soul visiting Beirut leaves with hopes of returning soon.

Be aware of the terrors of public transit. Getting a taxi is a perilous experience. The second thing they should look out for has to do with the food, which ranges from the expected to the unconventional. I suggest giving it their best, being experimental and open to new experiences.

Beirut is an amazing city, lively nightlife and crowded streets. Public transportation doesn’t exist, therefore one should own a car. Roads are usually full of traffic between Monday and Friday, however, weekends are usually calmer. The weather in Beirut is very pleasant were winters are mildly cold while summer is warm and humid.

Khalil, says: 2020

Beirut is a beautiful yet a very busy city. If moving to Beirut know the high living cost and heavy traffic. Being the capital and largest city in Lebanon, Beirut contains a wide variety of restaurants, pubs, shopping centers, gyms. If you are opting for an active life, it’s the best place in Lebanon.

Moving to Beirut is a very challenging, yet pleasant, experience to both locals and expats. For years, the city has been one of the most expensive in the region, however the recent Lebanese currency depreciation will make it much more affordable for tourists or expats. Despite the hard times the country has been going through, Beirut has always been enchanting visitors from all over the globe.

Living in Beirut can be an amazing yet different experience. Not only does it have the best nightlife in the world, but it also has the greatest cuisines and the tastiest food. Beirut is also known for its kind and welcoming people who immediately make you feel at home.

Beirut is one of the most beautiful cities on the Mediterranean coast. My city is the capital and the largest city of Lebanon. Beirut is one of the oldest cities in the world, having been inhabited for over 5,000 years. Our economy is service-oriented and is facing some major difficulties. I adore Beirut despite everything and recommend visiting it as soon as possible.

If you want to move to Beirut you should be aware about the transportation situation and the level of stress you will be facing on the roads everyday to go working in the morning since traffic is getting worse yearly. You also should know about the bad economy in the country.

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