On Busi­ness in: Beirut

Two decades of re­gen­er­a­tion has helped re­model Beirut's his­toric cen­tre and water­front, with a sky­line of cranes and new sky­scrapers show­ing con­tin­ued op­ti­mism in Le­banon’s cap­i­tal. The bank­ing and tourism sec­tors are two of the linch­pins that sta­bilise t

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SLEEP­ING

Com­mand­ing a prime lo­ca­tion on Mar­tyr’s Square, Le Gray Beirut (pic­tured be­low) is a flag­ship prop­erty of the Campbell Gray col­lec­tion. This hip ho­tel has just com­pleted an ex­ten­sion project that in­cludes up­dates to its busi­ness and events fa­cil­i­ties. The Möven­pick Ho­tel has state-of-the-art busi­ness fa­cil­i­ties and two ded­i­cated club floors suit­able for busi­ness trav­ellers.

EAT­ING

Kaléo man­ages to mix in­for­mal brunches by day with fine din­ing by night, with a dose of art and de­sign. The menu of­fers sea­sonal dishes sourced from the owner’s or­ganic gar­den in north Le­banon. Le Gray’s Indigo on the Roof is a so­phis­ti­cated restau­rant with an ex­ten­sive ter­race area, of­fer­ing ev­ery­thing from brunch to glam­orous evening din­ing.

DRINK­ING

GET­TING DOWN­TOWN

ROOFTOP DIN­ING IN THE CAP­I­TAL

Enjoy rooftop bars such as Sky at BIEL (Beirut In­ter­na­tional Ex­hi­bi­tion & Leisure Cen­tre) and Square at the Möven­pick Ho­tel & Re­sort, be­fore mov­ing on to the Gem­mayze and Monot dis­tricts. B 018 night­club, with its slid­ing roof, is Beirut’s most iconic dance venue. Taxis are plen­ti­ful and pretty much the sole means to get about the city. Reg­u­lar taxis have red li­cense plates and an of­fi­cial tar­iff. Cer­ti­fied air­port taxis are recog­nised by an air­port logo on the door and are lo­cated out­side ar­rivals. The jour­ney time to

down­town Beirut is 20 min­utes.

MUST- SEE SIGHTS

Dip into Beirut’s his­tory through the Le­banon Na­tional Mu­seum, Canaan­ite and Ot­toman era ar­chae­ol­ogy on Mar­tyr’s square and the Ot­toman-style Al-amin mosque. Much of down­town can be ex­plored in a day thus mak­ing it pos­si­ble to trek fur­ther afield to Jeita Grotto, By­b­los (pic­tured be­low) or Le­banon’s old­est win­ery, Ksara, in the Bekaa Val­ley.

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