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Lebanon has always been a country of many faces, a melting pot for cultures and religions, and a tourist attraction even at times of war. Geographically, Lebanon is considered one of the most important cross countries on the map. Culturally, it is very diverse and an example of coexisting. All of that and more made Lebanon a very special country with a lot of nicknames so let’s get to know them!
1- Switzerland of the Middle East: سويسرا الشرق
It comes as no surprise that Lebanon has always been dubbed as the Switzerland of the Middle East, it’s most popular nickname to date. Its white mountains coated with fresh snow each winter and amazing weather and temperatures have made of it, like the Swiss Alps, a popular destination for winter sports, especially skiing and snowboarding. Not only that, but the sophistication and openness to other cultures paired with the love of life of the Lebanese people, as opposed to its other less progressed neighboring countries is one of the reasons behind that nickname as well.
2- The Pearl of the Middle East: جوهرة الشرق
One of the most popular nicknames for Lebanon is this one as well. Pearls are very expensive and precious, found hidden inside an oyster in the most unlikely places, and that is Lebanon, a well-hidden pearl of sophistication and beauty in the Mediterranean. Decades of prosperity under a free-market economy, flourishing Tourism, agriculture, education sectors as well as a democratic approach to national and regional problems and conflicts landed Lebanon the title ‘The Pearl of the East’.
3- Paris of the Middle East:باريس الشرق
Technically, this one is for Beirut. Beirut is the capital of Lebanon and its largest city, it is located on a peninsula on the Mediterranean coast, making it the country’s main and largest seaport. The cosmopolitan city has always been known as a regional intellectual capital, a major tourist destination and a banking haven. It is also Lebanon’s prime location for shopping, entertainment, and fine dining. With uncountable shopping ‘souks’ and fine dining restaurants, Beirut is an experience not to be missed! Either museums or street food, a raging nightlife and club scene, or even sandy beaches and warm sunlight, Beirut has a something for everyone, thus the nickname ‘Paris of the Middle East’.