Beirut is the capital and largest city of Lebanon. After the destructive Lebanese civil war, Beirut underwent major reconstruction, and the redesigned historic city centre, marina, pubs and nightlife districts have once again rendered it a tourist attraction. The city is the focal point of the region's cultural life, renowned for its press, theatres, cultural activities, and nightlife. Lebanon is in the Middle East, bordering the Mediterranean Sea, between Israel and Syria. The climate is mediterranean with mild to cool, wet winters and hot, dry summers. The Lebanon mountains experience heavy winter snows. The official language is Arabic. Arabic and French predominate in the east of the capital Beirut and the north of the country, while Arabic and English are the main languages in west Beirut and the south. Both English and French are also widely used. The main religions are Islam and Christianity. The economy of Lebanon is characterised by remittances from Lebanese abroad which account for one fifth of the country's economy. The thriving tourism and banking activities have made the services sector the most important part of the Lebanese economy employing nearly 65% of the workforce. Lebanese people are known for their hospitality. Expatriate business dress is usually formal, comprising suits (and ties, for men). The security risk for expatriates in Lebanon is low to medium. Risks include petty crime such as pickpocketing and bag-snatching, low levels of violent crime, cross-border shelling and incursions, protest action, and the threat of terrorism. The currency of Lebanon is the Lebanese Pound (LBP). ATMs are common, especially in the main tourist / expatriate areas. International hotels mostly accept payment by credit card. Medical facilities are good, however medical treatment in Lebanon can be expensive. Doctors are generally well qualified though nursing standards vary. The population of Beirut is 2.1 Million (2017 est.), while the inflation rate is 4.79% (Nov 2017).
Cost Of Living
The cost of living for expatriates / professional migrants in In Beirut, the cost of each basket, based on local prices, compared to the international average, is categorized follows (Exact cost of living percentages only available in personalised reports): Beirut as at 1 January 2018 is very high in comparison to other places in the world. 1) Alcohol (where available) & Tobacco: High 2) Clothing: Very High 3) Communication: High 4) Education: Very High 5) Furniture & Appliances: Very High 6) Groceries: High 7) Healthcare: Average 8) Household Accommodation: High 9) Miscellaneous: Very High 10) Personal Care: High 11) Recreation & Culture: High 12) Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels: Very High 13) Transport: High Beirut is for example 35% more expensive than Houston TX for groceries, 53.3% more expensive for household costs than Kuala Lumpur, and 33.8% more expensive for transport costs than Dubai. The hardship premium for Beirut for an expat from Perth, is for example 20%, i.e. host location (Beirut) premium of 30% minus home (Perth) location premium of 10%. Beirut is ranked as a high degree of hardship location. Want to know more about cost of living, hardship (quality of living) or expat salary in Beirut? Register subscribe to your home location and Beirut and run your personalised reports.