Over the centuries, Lebanon has been invaded and colonised by several civilizations. As a result, the country has a diverse population and is littered with countless sites of archaeological interest.
Arabic is the official language of Lebanon. English is widely spoken, and French is the second most commonly used language.
Tawleh or Backgammon is one of the oldest board games (more than 5000 years old) originally inspired from the persian culture.
The Lebanese Folklore is trully lived through the traditional dancing known as the " Dabkeh" along with the traditional clothing such as the "Tarboush" and the "Sherwel".
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Beirut - Lebanon
Beirut, meaning "The Wells" by the Phoenicians, is the death-defying city that was destroyed and rebuilt seven times during its 5,000 year history. Lebanon is found in texts dating back to the third millenium BC. It is a small country (10452 km2), where two different activities such as skiing and swimming can be practiced on the same day within few hours distance.
Beirut is known for its vibrant night life, it was ranked by the New York Times on its "44 places to go" list as the number one place to go in 2009. Moreover Beirut was awarded party town of the year 2010 by CNN.
Jeita Grotto, the "roaring water" in Arabic and known as the Jewel of tourism in Lebanon, is nominated for the new seven wonders of the world.
Lebanon has a Mediterranean climate with mild winters and long warm summers.
WHAT TO PACK
Mountain and Sea
Ski outfit during winter and swimming suits during summer