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Climate in Lebanon

Lebanon is known for his Mediterranean climate, hot and dry summers and cool, rainy winters. With 300 days of sunshine every year, summer has high humidity with daytime temperatures averaging 26°C while nights are enjoyably fresh.
Winter daytime temperatures average 15°C. In the mountains, winters are cold with snow at the higher levels of Faraya, and the Cedars where excellent ski resorts are open from December through April.
Emergencies & Hospitals
In case of any urgency don't hesitate to call these numbers from any phone line, and the operator will answer giving you all the help needed.

The Red Cross: 140 - Civil protection: 112
The Fireman: 125 - Directory Inquiry: 120
Police: 160

Hospitals

As a key destination for health tourism in the region, Lebanon has a professional and private healthcare system. Located mainly in Beirut , key hospitals include:

AUH (American University Hospital), Hamra area:
+961-1-344704

Hotel Dieu de France, Ashrafieh area: +961-1-386791

Rizik Hospital, Ashrafieh area: +961-1-200800

Mont Liban Hospital, Hazmieh area: +961-1-955444

Sacré Coeur Hospital, Hazmieh area: +961-1-451704

Lebanese Cuisine

The Lebanese Cuisine is a cuisine of the nature. It is the epitome of the Mediterranean diet. It includes an abundance of starches, fruits, vegetables, fresh fish and seafood; animal fats are consumed sparingly. Its colors reflect the richness of sunny landscapes and its diversity reflects the goodness and the hospitality of the Lebanese people. Poultry is eaten more often than red meat, and when red meat is eaten it is usually lamb.
The "Mezza" is a mixture of Lebanese appetizers, such a selection of salads such as tabboule and fattouch, hummos, mutabbal, patties, stuffed grape leaves and kibbeh.
A meal usually starts with a "Mezza", the main course is generally grilled meat, chicken or fish served with rice or bread. In fact the "Mezza" are appetizers that can make a whole meal.
Arak is the main alcoholic drink, it represent the national drink of Lebanon. Usually drank before it matures, it is a fiery rough liquor made for tough palates. Never drank by itself, Arak is always served with the "Mezza".
Deserts may include many different variations of oriental sweets such as baklawa, knefeh, maamoul, karabige as well as dried fruits and nuts.
At the end of the meal, black coffee or Tea are generally offered.
Come and taste the freshness of variety and flavor of the celebration of life.

Traffic & Roads

Traffic drives on the right in Lebanon. Road signs are international, seat belts are compulsory and drivers are forbidden to use mobile phones while driving. Most Lebanese are oblivious to traffic lights, one way streets and speed restrictions with queue jumping, and honking cars, driving in Lebanon can be, at first, an intimidating experience. Watch your mirrors and don't be afraid to use the horn frequently!
 
Roads:
The country's recent reconstruction means that roads and highways across Lebanon are in good condition. However, navigating the climbing, winding roads in mountainous areas can be rather challenging.
 
 
Commutation & Phone
Telephone kiosks can be found along most streets. Phone cards, for both international and local calls, can be purchased from local phone offices.
Cell phones have become indispensable to the Lebanese. The country has excellent phone coverage through the two networks, Mtctouch & Alpha, but tariffs are one of the highest in the region. Together, the networks have a total of just 800,000 cell phone lines. Although it is possible to hire a phone, it is expensive. If you plan to use your own phone when visiting, request an international roaming facility from your local provider which will have an agreement with one of the networks.
Visa Information
Visitors from most countries can obtain a tourist visa at passport control upon arrival at Beirut International Airport. Simply state your country of origin and pay the required fee at the counter. It is advisable to contact your local Lebanese embassy before traveling to Lebanon, to obtain up-to-date advice on visa compliance.

Please note that visitors carrying passports with an Israeli stamp will be refused entry into Lebanon. For further information, here is the official web site of the general security where you can find all the details related to your visit to Lebanon www.general-security.gov.lb
Money
The local currency is Lebanese pounds (LL), known locally as the Lira. American Dollars are also accepted as a second currency, as well as most credits cards. ATM machines can be found across the country.
One American Dollar is equivalent to 1500 Lebanese Pounds.
 
Shopping
We advise you to allow time during your visit for shopping. Beirut and the larger cities offer a multitude of shops and markets selling everything, from designer clothes to object darts. Locally produced Artisana conserve traditional methods of making foodstuffs, soaps, pottery, blown glass, crafts, ornaments, jewelry, and furniture.
The area of Burj Hammoud is known for its gold & jewelry at affordable prices. While Hamra, Achrafieh, Verdun, Furn el Chuback, Zalka, Jdeideh (in Beirut), are known for its shopping malls and boutiques, selling items from Italy to Taiwan.