Beirut is the capital and largest city of Lebanon with a population of over 2.1 million as of 2007. Located on a peninsula at the midpoint of Lebanon’s coastline with the Mediterranean sea it serves as the country’s largest and main seaport and also forms the Beirut Metropolitan Area, which consists of the city and its suburbs. Beirut is positioned on a peninsula extending westward into the Mediterranean Sea, about 94 km (58 mi) north of the Lebanon-Israel border. The city is flanked by the Lebanon mountains; it has taken on a triangular shape. Recently, Lonely Planet named Beirut as ranking in its 2009 top ten liveliest cities on the planet. The New York Times ranked Beirut first on its 44 places to go list of 2009.
Beirut has a climate characterized by a hot and rain-free summer, pleasant fall and spring, and cool, rainy winter. August is the hottest month of the year with a monthly average high temperature of 29 °C (84 °F), and January and February are the coldest months with a monthly average low temperature of 10 °C (50 °F).
Beirut is “Paris of the East”, and there is plenty of sightseeing, shopping, cuisine, and nightlife to keep a tourist within the city limits for the duration a visit to Lebanon. The city has sleek, modern buildings alongside arabesque Ottoman buildings, giving Beirut a unique and distinctive style often not seen in other Middle Eastern cities.
Currency in Lebanon: Lebanese pound (LBP)
1 US Dollar = 1,492.09 Lebanese Pound (LBP)
1 Lebanese Pound (LBP) = 0.0006702 US Dollar (USD)
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