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Introducing Beirut

Beirut, the nation’s capital, is a fabulous place of glitz, glamour, restaurants and beach clubs – if, that is, you’re one of the lucky ones. While the city centre is filled with suave sophistication, the outskirts of town comprise some of the most deprived Palestinian refugee camps of all, and its crowded slums provide a breeding ground for Hezbollah fighters. If you’re looking for the real East-meets-West so talked about in the Middle East, this is precisely where it’s at. Crowded and ancient, beautiful and blighted, hot and heady, home to Prada and Palestinians, Beirut is many things at once, but all, without doubt, compelling.