Beirut-Lebanon Chosen New7Wonders Cities 2014Why Beirut Lebanon Chosen New7Wonder Cities 2014

      OUR BELOVED BEIRUT CITY IS CHOSEN FIRST ON THE LIST OF NEW7WONDER CITIES OF THE WORLD Among 1200 Nominees from 220 Countries, as Announced on Dec. 7, 2014 by Mr. by Bernard Weber from Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

CONGRATULATIONS TO BEIRUT, LEBANON AND TO ALL LEBANESE WORLDWIDE AND ALL WHO LOVE AND VISIT BEIRUT .

     Beirut, the city of Joy, is considered the Jewel and Pearl of the Mediterranean and the Paris of the Middle East. It is not only the Capital of Lebanon with its million-plus inhabitants, but also it is the capital of the Art, the Book, the Music, the Culture, the Fashion, the Entertainment, The Tourism, the Banking & Financial Market, the Law where in Beirut, the first school of law in the world was established during the Roman Empire ruling, and more…..

     Beirut is the city that doesn’t sleep, as it conveys a sense of life and energy that is immediately apparent. It returned its shiny spec as it is the talk of the Media and Social Networks. Night life in Beirut in Non-Stop, all discos, dinner-dancing, bars and pubs of every variety open till the early morning 6-7 am, inviting you all to join the fun.

     This dynamism is echoed by the Capital’s geographical position: It is a great promontory jutting into the blue sea with dramatic majestic high green mountains rising behind it. A city with a venerable past, 5000 years ago, Beirut was a prosperous town in the Canaanite and Phoenician coast.

   Beirut is the Commercial and Cultural Center of Lebanon. A banking center with free currency exchange, the chief employment here is in trade, banking, construction, import-export and service industries. Beirut has been the city of banking, tourism and services in the Middle East. Check this about Beirut at: www.middleeast.com/beirut.htm,  www.downtownbeirut.com/lb

     Beirut had been selected in 1999 as the Capital City of the Arabic Language, which is one the six languages that are officially adopted by the United Nations.

     Beirut is filled with Restaurants specializing in International Foods including our specialty Lebanese Food that offers a change to sample this well known cuisine at its most authentic.

     Beirut City today is considered as one of the hottest entertainment destinations with an unparalleled nightlife that brilliantly combines European modernism to Arabic Values. Some even like to call it ‘The Entertainment Hub of the Middle East”. With posting of the Absolut Vodka Ad, the Lebanese Capital “Beirut” is now in the world map just on the same pedestal as the most glamorous international cities of the world.

Watch These Videos on Beirut:

Lebanon – Beirut Best party city – CNN

And this Video: This is the Party Capital… Beirut, Lebanon

     Beirut City was and still the first destination among 44 places to go in 2009:  This information appeared in The New York Times Travel: www.destinationlebanon.gov.lb/Links   “With a recent (though perhaps tenuous) dentente keeping the violence in check, the capital of Lebanon is poised to reclaim its title as the Paris of the Middle East. Two hotels scheduled to open later this year are raising the luxury quotient – the Four Seasons Hotel Beirut and Le Gray, the latter from the people behind One Aldwych in London – and a clutch of high profile restaurants are transforming the city’s culinary scene. Traditional Lebanese cooking finds its apotheosis at the cozy Al Ajami restaurant, while the glitterati settles into Hussein Hadid’s Kitchen, run by a nephew of the architect at the cozy Al-Ajami restaurant, while the glitterati settles into Hussein Hadid’s Kitchen, run by a nephew of the architect Zaha Hadid. But nothing symbolizes the city’s gastro-political awakening like Souk el-Tayeb, Beirut’s first farmers’ market. The market, founded in 2004, reconciles Lebanon’s warring factions through their common love of their country’s food.”

    Beirut featured in the Spring 2010 edition of Times Travel magazine: “Lebanon’s cosmopolitan capital is finally getting its groove back”. That’s how the New York Times Travel magazine introduces Beirut in their Spring 2010 edition. Though it was once known as the Paris of the Middle East, ‘‘Beirut never truly lost its sheen,’’ says Gordon Campbell Gray, the British hotelier who finally opened Le Gray last November, having forged ahead even through the 2006 Israel-Hezbollah war. The Lebanese capital surely has a touch of Parisian glamour, but it also has a dash of Berlin (bullet-pocked buildings after a civil war that lasted from 1975 to 1990) and Miami (flashy night-life zones choked with Ferraris and S.U.V.’s). There’s a burgeoning gallery scene, world-class shopping — from avant-garde boutiques like IF to big-ticket designers like Marc Jacobs and Dior — and five-star hotels like the new Four Seasons and Le Gray. ‘‘The Lebanese have a spirit for living for the day, and it permeates every aspect of their life,’’ Campbell Gray says. ‘‘You really understand this when you head back to a Western city.’’
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Beirut History:

     It is one of the oldest settlements of man as evidenced by relics from prehistoric communities. Beirut survived all occupations and Earthquakes and stayed independent and was rebuilt till last years with great help from Martyr Sheikh Rafic Hariri, who managed to rebuild its downtown…to regain its monarchy.

Beirut – « The Jewel Of The Mediterranean »
Originally named Bêrūt “The Wells” by the Phoenicians, the first historical reference to Beirut dates from the 15th century BC, when it is mentioned in a cuneiform tablet that is one of the “Amarna letters.” The most ancient settlement was on an island in the river that progressively silted up. The city was known in antiquity as Berytus ; this name was taken in 1934 for the archaeological journal published by the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at the American University of Beirut.In 140 BC, the city was taken and destroyed by Diodotus Tryphon in his contest with Antiochus VII Sidetes for the throne of the Seleucid monarchy.

     Beirut was soon rebuilt on a more regularized Hellenistic plan, renamed Laodicea in Phoenicia (Greek: Λαοδικεια ή του Φοινίκη) or Laodicea in Canaan, in honor of a Seleucid Laodice.

     The modern city overlies the ancient one and little archaeology had been accomplished until after the end of the civil war in 1991; now large sites in the devastated city center have been opened to archaeological exploration. A dig in 1994 established that one of Beirut’s modern streets, Souk Tawile, still follows the lines of an ancient Hellenistic/Roman one.Under the Romans it was enriched by the dynasty of Herod the Great, then made a colonia, Colonia Iulia Augusta Felix, in the late 1st century AD. Beirut’s school of law was widely known at the time. Two of Rome’s most famous jurists, Papinian and Ulpian, both natives of Phoenicia, taught at the law school under the Severan emperors. When Justinian assembled his Pandects in the 6th century, a large part of the corpus of laws were derived from these two jurists, and Justinian recognized the school as one of the three official law schools of the empire (533).

     Within a few years, as the result of a disastrous earthquake (551), the students were transferred to Sidon.Beirut passed to the Arabs in 635. As a trading centre of the eastern Mediterranean Beirut was overshadowed by Akko during the Middle Ages. From 1110 to 1291 it was in the hands of Crusader lords. No matter who was its nominal overlord, whether Turk or Mamluk,

     Beirut was ruled locally by Druze emirs. One of these, Fakr ed-Din Maan II, fortified it early in the 17th century, but the Ottomans retook it in 1763 and thenceforth, with the help of Damascus, Beirut successfully broke Akko’s monopoly on Syrian maritime trade and for a few years supplanted it as the main trading centre in the region.

    During the succeeding epoch of rebellion against Ottoman hegemony at Akko under Jezzar and Abdullah pashas, Beirut declined to a small town (population about 10,000), fought over among the Druze, the Turks and the pashas. After Ibrahim Pasha captured Akko in 1832, Beirut began its early modern revival. In 1888 Beirut was made capital of a vilayet in Syria, including the sanjaks Latakia, Tripoli, Beirut, Akko and Bekaa. Beirut became a very cosmopolitan city and had close links with Europe and the United States. Beirut became a centre of activity, which was generally very unsuccessful in conversions (a massacre of Christians in 1860 was the occasion for further European interventions), but did build an impressive education system. This include the Syrian Protestant College, which was established by American missionaries and eventually became the American University of Beirut (AUB). Beirut became the centre of Arab intellectual activity in the nineteenth century. Provided with water from a British company and gas from a French one, the city thrived on exporting silk grown on nearby Mount Lebanon.

     After French engineers established a modern harbor (1894) and a rail link across Lebanon to Damascus, and then to Aleppo(1907), much of the trade was carried by French ships to Marseille, and soon French influence in the area exceeded that of any other European power. In 1911 the population mix was reported in the Encyclopædia Britannica as Muslims, 36,000; Christians, 77,000; Jews, 2500; Druze, 400; foreigners, 4100.
Since the end of the war in 1989, the people of Lebanon have been rebuilding Beirut, and by the start of the 2006 Israel-Lebanon conflict the city had largely regained its status as a tourist, cultural and intellectual center of the Middle East, as well as a center for commerce, fashion, and media. Reconstruction of downtown Beirut has been largely driven by Solidere, a development company established in 1994 by Hariri. Beirut is home to the international designer Elie Saab, jeweller Robert Moawad, and to some of the most popular and successful satellite television stations, such as LBC, Future TV, New TV and Al-Manar. The city was host to the Asian Basketball Championship and the Asian Football Championship. Beirut also successully hosted the Miss Europe pageant twice.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Berytus ( Beirut):
Beirut was built on the largest rocky promontory of the coast at the near centre of the country. Later it would become capital of the modern nation, but in ancient times its deep harbour and central location were not so apparent and the city was overshadowed by more powerful neighbours. Its earliest name was “Birot”, a Semitic word meaning “well”, or “source”.

     When the city-states of Sidon and Tyre began to decline in the first millennium BC, Berytus, as it was then called, acquired more influence, but it was not until Roman times that it became an important port and cultural centre with its famed Roman Law School. Berytus became the base of the fleet for the eastern Mediterranean. The city was designated Julia Augusta Felix (happy) Berytus in honour of the daughter of Augustus, and later Septimius Severus made it a full colony and so enjoyed self government and exemption from poll and land tax. The school of Roman law, which probably was founded by Septimius Severus, lasted until the destruction of Berytus itself by a sequence of earthquakes, tidal wave, and fire in the mid-6th century. Two of Rome’s most famous jurists, Papinian and Ulpian, both natives of Phoenicia, taught as professors at the law school under the Severans. Their judicial opinions constitute well over a third of the Pandects (Digest) contained in the great compilation of Roman law commissioned by the emperor Justinian I in the 6th century AD. The school made Berytus the leading intellectual seat of the empire . After Roman power waned, Greek influence dominated the Byzantine period beginning in the 4th century. Later, the Crusaders held the city for some 200 years. It was only at the end of the 19th century, after 400 years of Ottoman rule, that Beirut began to develop and modernize.

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