Paris in the Middle East - Beirut
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And despite what was the news talking about, finally I am in Beirut. This day is one I have been looking forward to the most. I am not sure if it is because there is so much sad news about Beirut.
The Emirates Airlines A330 plane flew over the harbour of Beirut into the runway, it was 4 hours flights from Dubai to Beirut, after my 18 hours flights from Hong Kong and Australia, so I was extremely tired. My flight to Hong Kong and Dubai was on Cathay Pacific and the flight was smooth
My first impression of Beirut is quite confusing, it's hard to understand this large city if you never wiki them. They have Christians and Muslims living there, I saw many bombed buildings with bullet holes from the civil war earlier, right opposite of the huge, upscale luxurious service apartments, with loads of European brand shops such as Louis Vuitton and Bottega, while some parts of the city are extremely modern and others are completely abandoned. However, reconstruction is everywhere throughout the city.
I also got the feeling that the Beiruti want to be French, people love to greet me with Bon Jour rather than Salam Maleykum, and the same goes for the car number plates, which is very similar to most EU countries.
In contrast with Yemen and Jordan, most people in Lebanon wearing western clothes, while ladies are not required to put abaiyah, and you can get wine, beer or whiskey everywhere, unlike in the UAE you must flash your permit when you buy.