Beirut: The Paris of the Middle East

Beirut is a popular destination for international tourists, and it is known as the Paris of the Middle East because of its cafe culture, chic fashion, and French influence.

Beirut, the capital city of Lebanon, was once called the “Paris of the Middle East” and this fascinating destination has plenty for the curious traveller to discover. Sightseeing, cuisine, nightlife, shopping, culture, and more wait in this stylish capital.

If you are looking for a city where you can shop for glamorous fashions, spend long afternoons in an atmospheric cafe, and enjoy the nightlife, you will love Beirut.


After the Second World War, Lebanon gained independence from France and made Beirut its capital in 1943. The city thrived, and became a major centre in the Middle East for culture and business. It was also a top tourist destination for many European tourists and wealthy Arabs because of its diverse culture. It was during this period that it became known as the European gateway to the Middle East and the “Paris of the Middle East”.

Cafe Culture

Beirut, like Paris, definitely has an outdoor cafe culture, and part of the experience of visiting this city is sitting outside and enjoying a hot beverage while watching the hustle and bustle of the street pass you by. To enjoy the urban rhythm while simply relaxing and reflecting is ones of the pleasures that the city offers. European architecture is also prevalent in the city, adding to the Parisian feeling that Beirut creates in the visitor.

This city has always been known as the heart of culture in the Arab world, and it is alive with the best literature, theatre and painting that Lebanon has to offer.

Beirut Fashion

The Lebanese are very trendy and stylish, and love to show off their designer brand clothes, such as Armani, Louis Vuitton, Dolce and Gabbana, Calvin Klein and more. They strut from sidewalk cafe to bar to disco showing off their glamorous fashions. The stylish neighbourhoods of Ashrafeh and Verdun are full of these chic fashionable people, who like to surround themselves with the best in food, music, and culture.


The nightlife scene in Beirut is world-class, and during your visit here you will be able to enjoy some of the glamorous nightclubs and bars. Be sure to dress to impress, so that you will not feel out of place with the ultra-stylish locals. People in Beirut tend to dress very nicely for a night out, and they will appreciate if you make the effort as well.

How to Get There

Beirut is served by Rafik Hariri International Airport, which is the major airline hub of Lebanon. Etihad Airways is one of the international airlines have regular flights to Beirut. Citizens of the UK, Canada, USA and many other countries receive a free one month visa upon entry that can be renewed up to 3 months.

Enjoy the stylish scene in beautiful Beirut!