Beirut Travel Guide

Consulates

Tourists (including Lebanese expatriates) are especially vulnerable to scams in Beirut, and often these relate to overpricing. There is a broad perception that all foreigners have a wealth of riches, and more disturbingly, that they are powerless to complain in the event of being ripped off. A lack of regulation for many basic services in Lebanon (e.g., public transport) mean that the threat of a complaint will do little to set things straight, and your best bet is to be as vigilant as possible in the first place.

Public Transport and Taxis

When traveling in Beirut, always:

1. Let someone know where you are going and have someone expecting you on arrival. Try to avoid traveling alone.

2. Always carry your mobile phone in an easy to reach spot.

3. If traveling by taxi, always agree to the fare in advance, and pay only on arrival.

4. Ask for local recommendations on cab companies/operators - people are less likely to give you a bad experience if there's reputational damage involved.

5. In cabs, always pretend to be interested in the services of your taxi driver for future use (e.g., day rates, extended private touring) even if you are not - entertain this by asking for a contact number and tell your driver you'll "get back in touch, maybe (insert random day here) next week". If you have a good experience, it might even be a handy number to have.

Carjacking

You may be warned about carjackings by your car rental company; a known trouble spot is the Emile Lahoud Autostrade linking Mt Lebanon (Bikfaya area) with Beirut. Heed any recent advice.

Street signs in Beirut are generally poor, and those placed on motorways often provide insufficient notice of an impending junction or exit. Unless you're certain about your route, try to avoid driving at night, which can lead to hours of frustration.

Mugging/Robbery

While the Lebanese are an affectionate (and genuinely friendly) lot, beware of anyone random introducing themselves to you on the street with a hug or a handshake that draws you in to an embrace - often with a line like "oh, its you! how are you!". The assailant then threatens the victim to hand over money/wallet/phone/jewelery in a way that avoids public spectacle.

Health

If you are unlucky enough to fall ill, head straight for the American University Hospital - aka 'the AUH' (near the AUB campus) - you will need to pay around $40 USD upfront (cash or major credit card) and be reimbursed later by your insurer.

Pharmacies in Lebanon are able to prescribe drugs on-the-spot. While this is likely to be a boon for a minority of travelers, it can leave you even more ill than when you came in to begin with. Don't chance it - see a doctor first.

City Stress

Escaping to the mountains near Beirut is a good option for those about to burn-out. Aley and Beit Mery are both near enough to the city (20–30 minutes) and are generally clean and green.

Embassies
Czech RepublicSt. Bechara Church Street, BaabdaPhone: +961 5 929 010, 11, 12, 13, emergencies:+961 3 332 291Fax: +961 5 922 120Hours: M,W,F 8:30AM-12AM
CanadaFirst Floor, Coolrite Building, 43 Jal El Dib Highway, LebanonPhone: +961 4 726700
GermanyB.P. 11-2820 Riad El-Solh (Maghzal Bldg)Phone: +961 4 935 000, emergencies: +961 3 600 053Fax: +961 4 935 001Hours: M-F 7:30AM-11:30AM and M-Th 12:30PM-2:30PM
GreeceNouvelle Naccache, Rue des Ambassades, Immeuble Boukhater Beyrouth - Liban (P.O.Box 11-0309)Phone: +961 4 521 700, Emergencies: +9617071994Fax: +961 4 418 774Hours: 09:00-16:00
ItalyRue du Palais Presidentiel 2902 2633 - BaabdaPhone: +961 5 954955
The NetherlandsAvenue Charles Malek 2073-0802 - AchrafiehPhone: +961 1 1211150Hours: M-F 7:30AM-3:30PM and Consular department M-F 9AM-12:30PM
PhilippinesBldg No. 29 Plot No. 511 Charles Malik Ave AchrafiehPhone: +961 1 212-001~3
RomaniaLebanon Route du Palais Prsidentiel BaabdaPhone: +961 5-924848
TurkeyRabieh, Zone II, 1st StreetMetn, Lebanon=Phone: +961 452 09 29
United KingdomEmbassies Complex, Armies St, Zkak Al-Blat, Serail HillPhone: +961 1 9608 00
United StatesIn Awkar facing the municipality
Egypt4653, Dr. Muhammad El-Bethri Street beside Engineering SyndicatePhone: +961 1 859977Hours: 9AM-16PM
Radio stations

Radio in Beirut is quite popular, particularly with the younger people who listen to the English-spoken stations as all events and concerts are advertised through those. Arabic and French broadcasted stations are plentiful, and are worth a listen if you'd like to experience the traditional culture. Below are radio stations that are broadcasted in English:

NRJ (99.1FM),
Mix FM (104,4FM)
Radio One (105.5FM),
BBC World Service (in English) (1323AM),
Newspapers

Official Newsboxes can be found throughout the commercial areas in the city, mainly in Sassine Square ashrafieh, Verdun st. Verdun, Concorde st. Hamra. All Minimarkets/Supermarkets/Hypermarkets distribute newspapers and magazines as well.

The Daily Star Independent daily English-language newspaper covering local, national and international news.
Monday Morning Independent weekly English-language journal.
L'Orient Le Jour a popular independent French-language newspaper.

There is a huge variety of Arabic newspapers of all sorts, as well as ethnic newspapers such as the Armenian Aztag Daily.

Hospitals
Hotel Dieu Hospital:Adib Ishak Street, BVD. Alfred Naccache, Achrafieh, Beirut - P.O. Box: 166830Phone: 01-615300;01-615400Fax: 01-615295
Saint George Hospital University medical center:Rmeil, Youssef Sursock streetP.O. Box: 166378, Achrafieh, BeirutPhone: 01-585700; 01-525700Fax: 01-582560
Clinique Dr. Rizk Hospital:Zahar St., AchrafiehP.O. Box: 11-3288, BeirutPhone: 01-200800;01-328800Fax: 01-200816
Makassed Hospital:Ouzai St., Tarik Al-JadidaP.O. Box: 6301, BeirutPhone: 01-646590/1/2/3/4/5/6Fax: 01-646589
Najjar Hospital:Maamari Street, Ras BeirutP.O. Box: 113-5984, BeirutPhone: 01-340626; 03-669911Fax: 01-343992
Sahel Hospital:Airport Ave., Dergham StreetP.O.Box: 99/25, Ghobeiry, BeirutPhone: 01-858333Fax: 01-840146
Trad Hospital and Medical Center:: Mexico Street, Fifth Floor, Clemenceau, HamraP.O. Box: 113-6431, BeirutPhone: 01-341740, 01-369494/5Fax: 01-361663
Fuad Khoury Hospital:Maktabi Bldg., Abdelaziz Street, Hamra, BeirutPhone: 01-742140/3/7, 01-348811Fax: 01-350208
Barbir Hospital:Fuad The First Street, BarbirP.O.Box: 11/4302, BeirutPhone: 01-652915/6/7/8; 01-652955Fax: 01-631429

source: Wikivoyage

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