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Beirut

capital of Lebanon

One of the New 7 Wonders Cities

Beirut

Beirut Governorate, Lebanon

Beirut (Arabic: بيروت‎‎ Bayrūt, French: Beyrouth) is the capital and largest city of Lebanon. No recent population census has been done but in 2007 estimates ranged from slightly more than 1 million to slightly less than 2 million as part of Greater Beirut. Located on a peninsula at the midpoint of Lebanon’s Mediterranean coast, Beirut is the country’s largest and main seaport.

It is one of the oldest cities in the world, inhabited more than 5,000 years ago. The first historical mention of Beirut is found in the ancient Egyptian Tell el Amarna letters dating from the 15th century BC. The Beirut River runs south to north on the eastern edge of the city.

Beirut is Lebanon’s seat of government and plays a central role in the Lebanese economy, with many banks and corporations based in its Central District, Badaro, Rue Verdun, Hamra and Ashrafieh. Following the destructive Lebanese Civil War, Beirut’s cultural landscape underwent major reconstruction. Identified and graded for accountancy, advertising, banking/finance and law, Beirut is ranked as a Beta World City by the Globalization and World Cities Research Network.

In May 2015, Beirut was officially recognized as one of the New7Wonders Cities together with Vigan, Doha, Durban, Havana, Kuala Lumpur, and La Paz.

Lebanon

Interesting Facts

Beirut


Population

361.37 thousand

Area

100 km²

Instance of

city & capital

The Official

New 7 Wonders Cities

Doha

capital of Qatar

Havana

capital city and commercial centre of Cuba

Vigan

capital city of the province of Ilocos Sur, Philippines

La Paz

De facto capital city of Bolivia

Kuala Lumpur

capital of Malaysia

Durban

city in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

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