Would you believe it if I told you that Lebanon, the tiny country wedged between Israel and Syria, was actually once dubbed the “Switzerland of the East”? The Islamic country was once very diverse and financially stable, but today Lebanon’s image speaks differently. These photos might show you a different side of Lebanon from what you’ve seen before.
When it comes to rules, Lebanon has been quick to create some. In Lebanon it is illegal to fly any national flag other than that of Lebanon itself. This has been the law since 1945!
The Outside World
Lebanon proudly claims to have been the first Arab country to allow residents to have private radio and television. I wonder if they have The Simpsons in Arabic.
Muslims And Christians
The population of Lebanon is made up of a Muslim majority, at just under 60%. Coming in at second place is Christians with a 40% share, and then Druze who make up about 5.6% of the total population. Although there have been conflicts over the years, somehow the country has managed to hold onto some of its diversity.
It’s quite surprising that a country in the Middle East doesn’t have any camels. But that’s the fact when it come Lebanon. In fact, there’s actually no desert there at all, making it the only country in the Middle East without one.
Bank On It
If you’re looking to open a bank account in Lebanon, you might want to prepare yourself for a sea of choices. The country has more than 100 different banks! Please note, that we’re talking about banks and not simply about branches. There must be a lot of money moving around.
Would you have ever guessed that Beirut, the country’s capital, comes in as the 10th most popular shopping destination in the world? Is the prices? Is it the fashion?
Light It Up
There only two other countries that light up a smoke more than Lebanon does – Montenegro and Belarus. Some tie this uncontrollable habit to the days when the French were in Lebanon, bringing with them an appetite to have a smoke.
Israel And Hezbollah
On two separate occasions, Lebanon found itself in conflict with Israel. The first occurrence was in 1982 when Israel sent troops into South Lebanon to counter Palestinian rebels from attacking Israeli towns. The second occasion was in 2006, when the Israeli Army attempted to uproot Hezbollah, an Islamic militant group, from South Lebanon.
In an attempt to show the world that Lebanon is just like other countries, the mayor of Broumana has introduced a new police uniform. The uniform, which is specifically designed for slim and attractive women, consists of tight tops and very short pants. His idea was to show the world that the Middle Eastern country was not like its Arab neighbors.
For about two years, Lebanon was left without a president. The cause of this strange occurrence was due to political unrest which prevented the country from electing a president. Eventually, in 2016, Michel Aoun became the official president.
Beirut, which is the capital city, is home to some 3 million residents. Back in the day, Beirut was known as the “Paris of the Middle East”.
Hotels To Die For
Even if the country is facing some trouble, it proudly boasts some of the most beautiful hotels in the world. With vast history, gorgeous beaches and glorious weather, who wouldn’t want to stay in a hotel in Beirut?
Biblical Natural Resources
Lebanon is known for its rich Biblical and historical past. Did you know that Egypt’s Pharaoh would actually have cedars, marble and timber imported from the lands of Lebanon.
Seeing as this country doesn’t have a desert, would it be fair to assume that there would be great swimming spots? The truth is that there are quite a few. Tourists flock to different locations around the country to dive into the most attractive swimming holes on the planet.
Don’t Say No
If you happen to visit someone’s home on your trip, don’t be surprised if they offer you something to snack on. Knowing that some guests might feel shy, they insist on offering three times, so that you can gracefully accept. If you reject their offers, it’s usually considered a rude move.