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Fact File about Lebanon
Submitted by M20467 on 2010-08-19
Lebanon is a year-round destination, popular for winter and summer sports. During April and May, and if your timing is just right, you would be able to live the cliché: Catch the end of the ski season and sunbathe on ... view more the coast.

Fact File:
- Capital: Beirut
- Population: 4,500,000 estimation
- Surface: 10,452 Km2
- Language: Arabic, English, French
- Currency: Lebanese Pounds (LBP)
- Exchange Rate: 1 USD = 1,500 LBP
- Time GMT: + 2 [Oct to Mar]; +3 [Apr to Sep]
- Tel Code: +961
- Electricity: 220 Volts, 2-pin plug.
- Borders: 225 Km from the Palestinian-Israeli border in the south at Naqoura, to Nahr-El-Kabir at the northern border with Syria.
- Highest Point: Qornet as-Sawda (Black Peak) 3,083m.
- Education: One of the highest literacy rates in the Middle East, privately educated.
- Work Days: Monday to Friday Weekends: Saturday & Sunday.
- Food Specialties: Hommos, Tabboulé, Fattouche, Zaatar and other dishes.
- Alcohol Specialties: Arak (the national drink) and Lebanese Wine (Ksara, Kefraya, Chateau Musar).

Important To Know about Lebanon
Submitted by M20467 on 2010-08-19
To Know:
- Society & Conduct: Importance of Family Life. Liberal Culture in matters of dress and latest Western fashions.
- Don’t(s): Do NOT get into political debates given the complex political affiliations.
- ... view more Religion: An amalgam of Christians, Muslim, Druze.
- Tipping: Common practice.
- Fun Fact: Lebanese mix all 3 languages in 1 sentence: “Hi, Kifak, Ça Va?” which translates to: Hi, How are you, all right?

Useful Telephone No.:
- Police: 112
- Civil Defense: 125
- Red Cross-Lebanon: 140
- Airport: 150
- Fire Department: 175
- Telephone Directory: 1515

Historical Facts about Lebanon
Submitted by M20467 on 2010-08-19
Historical Facts:
- Lebanon (Lubnan in Arabic) means white: color of the snow-covered mountains.
- Phoenician cities: Byblos, Baalbeck and Tyre were inscribed in 1984 on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Ouadi Qadisha ... view more (Holy Valley) and Cedars’ Forest of God (Arz el-Rab) enlisted in 1998.
- Phoenicians were seafarers and traders; used the North Star for navigation. Produced glass, purple dye and cedar wood. Colonized the Aegean Islands, Cyprus, Rhodes and Carthage.
- The Phoenician alphabet - 22 consonants - was the foundation of the alphabet used today.
- The Cedars were the building materials in the ancient world.
- One of the ancient Roman Law schools was founded in Berytus (Beirut).
- Beirut was destroyed and rebuilt 7 times.
- Famous Lebanese Philosophers, Authors: Gibran Khalil Gebran (The Prophet) and Amin Maalouf.