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Beirut

Coolest city in the Middle East ... Beirut has a hip beach club scene.

World

Ten 'awful' cities you should still visit

David Whitley There are many cities around the world with a justifiably awful image. But here are 10 that are better than their reputation suggests.

Middle East

Rising from the rubble

A stroll past the beach clubs of the Corniche or an evening in the bars and restaurants of Gemmayze reveal more and more people creating the buzz and excitement of a new Beirut.

Lebanon's capital is fast becoming one of the most exciting cities on Earth, writes Ian Henderson.

Lebanon

Middle East meets West

Lebanese woman smoking a waterpipe, locally known as nargileh, next to the swimming pool of Beirut's bombed landmark Saint-Georges hotel

Leisa Tyler is dazzled and exhausted by Beirut's frenetic pace as the war-ravaged city is rebuilt.

Lebanon

A saga of war and wine

Rich history ... harvesting grapes in the Bekaa Valley

Leisa Tyler tastes the revival of an ancient industry, as new vineyards and optimism grow in the Bekaa Valley.

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From dumps to jewels: greatest city comebacks

Woman, Beirut, Lebanon, pool hotel

Once deep down in the urban dumps, these cities have bounced back from the brink of becoming no-go destinations, turning tumultuous pasts into tourist drawcards.

Tips

Don't spit, have public sex or forget to flush the toilet

Topless-sunbathing

Chris Pritchard Breaking laws while on holiday in another country is easier than you think.

Map of Beirut

Travel News

Korean pop culture lures tourists for plastic surgery

Jun Ji Hyun/Facebook

2:43pm | In a district made famous by the song Gangnam Style - women walk down the street with bandages over their faces and around their heads.

The decline of first class as airlines add business beds

12:50pm | World's top airlines may follow in the in footsteps of Virgin Atlantic abandoning the traditional three-class seating plan.

Legroom gadget sales jump after seat recline spat on plane

11:12am | Demand is high for a gadget that blocks seats from reclining after a scuffle between two passengers forced a jet to make an unscheduled landing.

Teens take world's scariest selfie

KYLIE MCLAUGHLIN 26 Aug | Three students have gone to sickening lengths to take the world’s scariest selfie.

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