19 October 2011

Why tourists visit Beirut

Reasons to be a tourist in Beirut

Beirut is a city at the centre of the ancient world with plenty still to show for it. So now is time to visit this beautiful, once war ravaged city and take part in lively and fun setting while appreciating its history and beauty.

Beirut stands at the cross roads of three continents, making it one of the most culture filled areas of the earth. Populated at different stages by cultures including the Greeks, the Romans and the Ottoman Turks, the city is smorgasbord of history.

Recently Beirut has been voted as one of the ‘Top 10 Liveliest Cities in the World’ by Lonely Planet. The city has been reconstructed after the devastating Lebanese civil war. The city, known as the Paris of the East, is certainly worth a trip for its aesthetic attractiveness alone.

Visiting Beirut had never been easier and recently Etihad published this page listing the various aiporrts that they fly from including  Manila, New York and Chicago

Beirut has a vast and varied history, situated at the centre of the ancient known world, there is still much evidence of many cultures that visited and stayed in the area of the port city.



One of the finest of the remaining archaeological examples is The Temples of Baalbek. Built by the Romans, this temple to the triad of Jupiter, Venus and Bacchus is seen as Lebanon’s greatest Roman treasure and a must see when in Beirut 

Walking through the city allows you to see evidence that remain from historic the occupations of the area. The renovated city centre is a beautiful place and best appreciated with a walking tour. The city is an amazing place and can be best seen on foot.

Jeita Grotto is a set of underground caverns beside the city that offer quite an experience. The karsts limestone landscape, which was inhabited in prehistoric times, was rediscovered in 1958. The caverns which are up to 60m in height are home to the world’s largest stalactite.

Visitors travel down an underground river to the caverns before having the chance to view the amazing caves. The Grotto is a source of pride for the Lebanon and one of the top tourist attractions in the country and a world renowned example of this type of landscape.

For a different type of landscape, visit Our Lady of Harris. The statue, built by the French, sits 650m above the town of Harissa and offers spectacular views of Beirut and the surrounding areas.

Travel to the top on and make the most of the view as it floats across the beautiful countryside. It’s also a place of tranquillity of those than want something a little quieter and pensive.

The Lebanese National Museum offers a collection of over 100,000 objects that showcase Beirut as the treasure it is. The museum, which was damaged during the war is one of the leading collections of Phoenician objects in the world. Besides this, it also holds a large collection of prehistoric, Greek, Roman and Arab artefacts.

Something not as expected in Beirut is Art, but there are 100s of galleries in the city. Creativity runs strong in Beirut and there is a wide selection of galleries to choose from.

Beirut is a wonderful example of a city that has gone through tough times to come well out the other side. It’s a shining beacon in the Middle East and one that deserves tourists to witness its wonders.

18 October 2011

Win a Holiday for two with Yalago


Yalago, a flights and hotel search engine based in the Middle East have launched a competition to win a holiday for two.


*Please note that the competition is only available for UAE residents* http://www.yalago.com/en/article/general/terms-and-conditions.html)

13 October 2011

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Tickets Running Out

Tickets for the F1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix are getting low, in fact there is only around 4000 tickets left. These tickets are for the South Grandstand and the Marina Grandstand and can be purchased from www.yasmarinacircuit.ae, selected Etihad Airways shops, Virgin Megastores, Yas hotel, Ferrari World YMC kiosk and Yas Marina Welcome Centres.

06 October 2011

Free Things to do in New York

New York 4 Free: 

Free big apple tour!

Who says NYC has to be expensive? The Big Apple Greeter programme www.bigapplegreeter.org pairs tourists with locals to show them around town. Your volunteer guide will give you an insider’s view of the city, perhaps taking you to their favourite burger joint or a cool new neighbourhood. There’s no charge, and your guide won’t ask for a tip either.




Free ferry!
The Staten Island Ferry www.siferry.com treats 20 million passengers per year to glittering views of Manhattan’s skyscrapers and the Statue of Liberty. That’s 50 iconic minutes of NYC for nowt.

Free Jazz and blues!
Arthur’s Tavern www.arthurstavernnyc.com, a delightfully dog-eared spot in New York City’s West Village, has been hosting nightly New Orleans jazz and Chicago blues since 1937, and the same Dixieland jazz band since 1975. The cost to you: diddly squat.

Free cabaret!
For an evening of black-frocked, feathery singing with no cover charge, head to The Duplex in Greenwich Village – you just need to reserve your seat in advance and order at least two drinks www.theduplex.com

Free sangria!
On Sundays, the throbbing Upper West Side Latino restaurant Calle Ocho www.calleochonyc.com quenches customers’ thirst by offering an unlimited sangria bar with any meal. Call in advance for your reservation. And don’t make any plans for first thing Monday morning.

Free haircut!
You saw the Empire State on your first trip and the Statue of Liberty on the second. On your next visit to NYC take home a souvenir with a difference: a haircut. Sign up at www.bbumodelproject.com and you’ll be a class dummy for the proficient students at the Bumble & Bumble University.

Free theatre!
Most small off-Broadway theatres use ushers who volunteer in return for free seats. But there’s one theatre on Broadway doing it too. Go to the box office to book your pew at the American Airlines Theatre (www.roundabouttheatre.org)