That’s Lebanon! Top 7 Facts You May Not Know
Lebanon is a country located on the eastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea and as one of the smallest sovereign states in the region it was often referred to in the 60’s as ‘The Switzerland of the East’. This was also because of its financial soundness. The country’s name is also believed to be the oldest in the world and has remained unchanged for over 4000 years.
The capital and the largest city of Lebanon is Beirut which again is one of the oldest cities in the world.
Not only has Lebanon stood the test of time where many other countries were merged, molded or renamed, but it is also steeped in history. The people of Lebanon are familiar with a plurality of lifestyles and are often capable of easily adapting to other societies. Lebanon has the largest population of Christians of any Middle Eastern country. You can find many new and ancient churches and mosques in Beirut and in the other cities in Lebanon.
Here are a few more interesting facts that truly makes Lebanon a true gem of a location.
- Did you know that the capital of Lebanon, Beirut is one of the most popular shopping destination in the world? The people from other cities in Lebanon and tourists visit Beirut for the weekends to shop in city where you can find anything from High Street to high end fashion Brands all located in close proximity to one another.
- Lebanon is also the only Arab country that has no desert within its territory and subsequently no camels!
- Byblos is the world’s oldest, continuously inhabited city. It’s also where the first alphabet was created.
- Lebanon is also famous for its gold jewellery but, did you know that authentic Lebanese jewellery is one of the most exported goods from Lebanon to the world?
- Today there are a lot of very well established and highly regarded Law Schools all over the world but the first Law School in the world was located in Beirut and it was also known as “School of Roman law at Berytus”.
- Lebanese food became very popular over the past few decades but throughout history there has been many external influences that have contributed positively towards what we know today as traditional Lebanese food. During ancient times Beirut was known as the Paris of the Middle East with many travellers passing through Beirut to other locations. It was during these times that visitors from outside brought with them new ingredients, customs and inspiration that helped to create the delicious cuisine that is Lebanese food today.
- The people of Lebanon almost never eat alone. They love to share their food with their family and they almost always lunch together. They eat traditional Lebanese meals such as pita bread, hummus and other bean dishes.
So, until you have the chance to visit our wonderful country, why not allow us to bring a piece of Lebanon to you. Gather up your family and friends and visit our restaurant, book a table and experience the best of Lebanon – beautiful Lebanese food with a side of famous Lebanese hospitality that will keep you wanting to come back for more. www.abdelwahab.co.uk.