Beirut is a Mediterranean cruise port and Lebanon's main seaport, capital and largest city with population over 1 million (metro around 2,2 million. Beirut is one of the world's oldest cities, settled over 5000 years ago.
Port Beirut is Lebanon's main seaport, located on St George Bay's eastern part, west of Beirut River. By cargo shipping volumes, it is ranked among Eastern Mediterranean's largest.
- Containership terminals are operated by a private subcontractor (Beirut Container Terminal Consortium). Most of the cargo traffic is with Syria, Jordan, Iraq, the Persian Gulf States. The seaport covers a total area of 1,2 km2 (0,5 ml2) and has 4 turning basins, 16 docks (quays) and 1 container terminal (quay 16) with an annual capacity to handle up to 745,000 TEUs (containers).
- Free Zone in the seaport includes 3 warehouses and a commercial building with 46 tax-free shops. Logistic Free Zone contains several warehouses with processing capabilities. Port's general cargo area has 12 warehouses and 1-grain silo (capacity of 120,000 tons).
- Beirut is a transshipment port serving some of the world's largest container shipping companies - MSC and CMA-CGM.
Turning basin 1 became part of a major port development project budgeted around USD 2 billion. It includes rebuilding the Central District, transforming quays 1 and 2 into a promenade and construction of leisure properties.
The port expansion project includes upgrades of the existing infrastructure, cargo area (container terminal, buildings, equipment), marine works (quay walls, breakwaters), new shuttle bus system. The project also included building an international cruise terminal, cultural, entertainment and commercial venues on the waterfront (markets, shops, event spaces, exhibitions, parks). Among the signature design elements were pedestrian bridges, viewing platforms, light-towers.
The city is a hub for Lebanon's politics and economy. Here are the headquarters and main offices of all major banks and corporations. The city is served by its seaport and the international Rafic Hariri Airport. Lebanon's currency is among the few backed with solid gold. Lebanese currency is fully convertible and exchangeable.
Most city investment projects are in construction, commerce, and industry (mainly textiles and shoe manufacturing, food processing, printing). Among the largest industries are banking and finance, publishing, trade, oil production. Here are located the country's central bank and Stock Exchange, Middle East Airlines, the unions of Arab Banks and Arab Stock Exchanges.
Tourism is a historically important industry and a major revenue source for the country. Annually, the city is visited by around 3 million foreign tourists.
- Statistics show that over 1/3 of all tourists come from Arab states and 1/3 from Europe (mainly France, Germany, UK). Most tourist attractions and tourism-related services are in the Central District, where are located numerous interesting buildings in various architectural styles (French, Venetian Gothic, Ottoman, Arabesque), old mosques, crusader churches, Roman ruins, restaurants, cafes, pubs, shopping malls, hotels. The waterfront, the marina features a seaside promenade and amazing city skyline with skyscrapers.
- Corniche is 5 km (3 ml) long promenade street (Raouche) encircling the seafront from St George Bay (north) to General de Gaulle Avenue (south).
- Badaro neighborhood is the city's green district with a large public park (Beirut Pine Forest) and hippodrome (serving floatplanes. Here can be found numerous small eateries and shops selling home-made food and traditional crafts), including bakeries, pastry shops, sidewalk cafes.
- Hamra Street (connecting Central District with Raouche) houses numerous boutiques, restaurants, and cafes, bars and pubs, street vendors, nightclubs.
Major international hotel chains establish partnerships with local clinics and travel agencies to develop medical tourism to Beirut with attractive healthcare packages. Cosmetic surgery attracts many foreigners mainly for routine procedures (plastic, dental, eye). The city's best clinics are Sahel General Hospital and Clemenceau Medical Center.
Beirut cruise terminal
Beirut cruise terminal is located on Quay 5 and faces Turning Basin 2. The old building was reconstructed into a modern passenger terminal (sized 600 m2 / 6500 ft2). The terminal project was completed in 2018.
Here is homeported the operated by Abou Merhi Cruises ship Orient Queen.
Port Beirut cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Beirut, Lebanon. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
|14 October, 2020|