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Beirut’s image has been blighted by decades of instability and war, but for the adventurous traveller it can be a city full of paradoxical experiences

Susan Mitchell

Deputy Editor and Health Editor @susmitchellsbp
23rd April, 2011

For many, Beirut is synonymous with bombings, kidnappings and a hive of fundamentalist activity. In reality, it is the most plural and liberal society in the Middle East.

After decades of strife and conflict, Beirut began to shed its war-torn image to emerge as a major holiday destination.

Tourist numbers soared in recent years, with major publications such as the New York Times recommending it as the top place to visit in the region.

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