Beirut

We cannot be more excited for you to join us for our wedding!

We’ve have a packed schedule planned for you that includes sight seeing, the beach and nights out. If you haven't yet, check out our events for more info. You are welcome to plan your own trip or join in on our fun! We’ve also baked in some downtime where you can explore the city and surroundings on your own. 

If it's your first time in Lebanon, keep reading for practical notes about Beirut. We also have travel, visa and contact information below. We'll be updating this website with more detail as we get closer to the date, so check back often!

General

The weather in Lebanon this time of year is sunny and hot. Pack for the summer, bring comfortable clothes, and don't forget your sunglasses and swimsuits. The evenings may be a little cooler, but it won’t get cold. 

Almost everyone in Beirut speaks English or French, so don't worry if you don't speak any Arabic, you’ll still be able to get around. 

The currency in Beirut is the Lebanese Pound. There is a fixed exchange rate with the U.S. dollar ($1 = 1, 500 LBP). This means that U.S. dollars are accepted everywhere. There are also ATM machines, banks and cash exchanges if needed. 

Travel 

This time of year gets super busy with tourists, so book your flights early! Lebanon has one airport - Rafic Hariri International - which is a short 20 min ride from the city center. The best way to get to the city is by grabbing a taxi or uber, it should cost around $30.

Visas

For most Europeans and Americans, you'll be able to get a visa upon arrival when you arrive at the airport - but double check with your embassy before you travel. If you need a visa to come to Lebanon, you may need an invitation letter.  Send us an email at farahandibrahim(at)gmail.com and we'll get you one. You cannot have any Israeli stamps, visas, or seals on your passport or you will be refused entry. 

Transport

In general getting around the city involves taking cabs and ubers. Uber works well in Beirut, if you take a street cab (fun to try at least once), expect to pay a flat rate of about 15,000 LBP ($10). Transportation details for the events can be found under each one. 

If you're staying at one of the hotels or areas we recommend, we will have transportation options arranged on the day of the wedding nearby.

Contact

If you need anything during your stay there are (a lot) of family members that would be happy to help you out. Please just call one of the numbers below if you need anything at all.

Cotrans

  • Home: +961 1 363 864
  • Ramzi's Cell: +961 71 160 174
  • Gida's Cell: +961 71 135 136

Assirs

  • Home: +961 1 307 293
  • Leen's Cell: +961 3 530 090

If someone that you don't recognize picks up just say "Hi Aunty/Amo"!

Emergencies

In the unlikely event that you are in emergency, here are some useful numbers. Make sure to also call one of the numbers above and let us know what's going on.

  • Ambulance: 140
  • Police: 112
  • Fire Brigade: 175
  • Civil Defense: 125

If you need to get to a hospital

  • American University Hospital , Bliss Street, Beirut, +961 1 350 000
  • Saint Georges, Rue de l´Hôpital Orthodoxe, Achrafieh, Beirut, +961 1 585 700

TL;DR 

  1. Don’t drink the tap water - ask for bottled water at restaurants

  2. Avoid ice cubes if you can (they make them with tap water)

  3. If you've never tried one, ask a bartender for a doodoo shot

  4. Don't leave before you’ve eaten a manousheh from Zaatar W Zeit

  5. In Lebanon the taxi will hail you, not the other way around

  6. If you want to ride-share for 2,000 LBP look for a red license plate called a serveese - the OG uber pool

  7. Try some arak especially if you're having mezze

  8. Visit the AUB campus! It's our favorite place in Beirut. To get in don't look at the guards and pretend you're a student

  9. Lebanese coffee is called Turkish coffee and is strong af

  10. If someone says "bonjour" to you it is acceptable to reply "bonjourein"


Neighborhoods

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Gemayze/Mar Mkael

A long road with stretch of great bistros and gastropubs - you'll probably end up here one of the nights.

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Corniche

The boardwalk that spans a large portion of the city's coast. A good place to run/walk. Don't swim here.

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Downtown

Super modern, restored downtown area filled with high-end stores, bookstores and cafes. Walk around here one the day.

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Saifi Village

Residential area with boutiques and cafes, an extension of downtown Beirut.

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Hamra

The old Beirut's Champs Elysées. Home to the American University of Beirut (AUB) and always bustling with people.


Local spots

If you're taking a night off, want to do some exploring on your own, or want some downtime between events check out some of our food and party recommendations below.

Nightlife

Torino
Quirky small bar at the beginning of Gemmayze

Anise
A very tiny pub in Mar Mikhael. Great spot to enjoy some very well prepared cocktails

Centrale
Cool bar shaped like a tube, take the elevator up, in Achrafieh

Demo
Cool bar in Gemmayze. Great vibe, good music

Internazionale
One of the most popular Mar Mikhael bars. Good to start off at

Kissproof
Badaro's best laid back bar. Good food, always crowded

Ferdinand’s
Street pub in Hamra area with great burgers.

Radio Beirut
Weird and quirky bar on Mar Mikhael. Has cool live music nights on Tuesdays

Salon Beyrouth
A Hamra spot that feels like an old salon. Stop off here to pregame

Decks on the Beach
Fridays only, open air dance party at Sporting beach club. Casual and super fun

 

Restaurants

Casablanca
Beautiful view of the mediterranean light asian fusion in an old Arabic house on the corniche. One of our favorites!

Baron
Diverse and fresh daily menu in Gemmayze

Meat the Fish
Awesome daily fresh menu in Saifi Village. The name says it all, but you can have vegetarian food here too

Tawlet Souq El Tayeb
Lebanese food from different parts of the country

Seza
Tasty Armenian bistro with fun outdoor terrace

Eat Sunshine
Gem in the heart of Monot, dairy free menu with twists on classic dishes

Skirt
Meat lovers heaven in the Downtown Area

La Tabkha
Authentic homemade Lebanese food. The next best thing to Teta’s house.

T Marbouta
Super local very tasty Lebanese food in Hamra

Makan
Set menu with a "pay what you like" policy. An interesting experience