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Old December 10th, 2010, 10:51 PM   #61
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Very nice Lebanon has maybe the most interesting urban motorway of the arab world
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Old February 8th, 2011, 10:47 AM   #62
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Motorway back from Byblos (Jbail) to Beirut

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Old February 8th, 2011, 10:59 AM   #63
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It's a Sunday evening and people are returning to Beirut after weekend. Motorway through Jounieh is especially crowded due to 2+2 sections.
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Lebanese style of driving. Lets keep 3 lines even on short sections of 2+2 road.
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Old February 8th, 2011, 11:04 AM   #64
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Old February 8th, 2011, 11:08 AM   #65
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Back in Greater Beirut
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Old February 8th, 2011, 11:15 AM   #66
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Old February 8th, 2011, 11:18 AM   #67
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Beginning of Beirut
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Old February 8th, 2011, 05:46 PM   #68
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Amazing. Can you draw a map of where you drove on your trip (I mean the whole Middle Eastern trip)?
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Old February 8th, 2011, 06:53 PM   #69
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Awesome pics. Lots of work going on too.

I'm surprised I was able to pick out five vehicles imported from North America. I saw a Dodge Shadow, late model Ford Crown Victoria, Chevy S-10 Blazer and a Cadillac SUV. I also saw a billboard for the local Dodge dealer.
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Old February 9th, 2011, 12:26 PM   #70
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Amazing. Can you draw a map of where you drove on your trip (I mean the whole Middle Eastern trip)?
These pictures and pictures on Syrian thread are from trip to Syria and Lebanon. Iranian pictures posted earlier were from separate tour to Iran.

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Hopefully I can add soon some very exotic roads from Middle East
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Old February 9th, 2011, 12:35 PM   #71
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So far last pictures from Lebanon

Road from Aintoura to coastal motorway near Kaslik.
It's a divided highway only for last ~1,5 km before the motorway.

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Old February 9th, 2011, 12:56 PM   #72
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Awesome pics. Lots of work going on too.

I'm surprised I was able to pick out five vehicles imported from North America. I saw a Dodge Shadow, late model Ford Crown Victoria, Chevy S-10 Blazer and a Cadillac SUV. I also saw a billboard for the local Dodge dealer.
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There are lots of Lebanese people living and working in USA so these are probably imported by them. Not sure about exact taxes on imported cars but I believe that these are much lower than in Syria. So it's cheaper to buy some expensive car from USA and import it than buy same kind of car from Lebanon.
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Old February 9th, 2011, 04:45 PM   #73
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These pictures and pictures on Syrian thread are from trip to Syria and Lebanon. Iranian pictures posted earlier were from separate tour to Iran.
Interesting. I thought you'd gone from Estonia to the Middle East by car.
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Old February 9th, 2011, 05:04 PM   #74
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Oh no, it would be too much for me
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Old February 9th, 2011, 09:06 PM   #75
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Old August 22nd, 2011, 04:44 PM   #76
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I've found this map:

It seems that the roads are numbered
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Old August 25th, 2011, 04:19 PM   #77
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You can find these numbers only on maps. I have never seen any road numbers posted in Lebanon.
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Old November 15th, 2011, 12:00 PM   #78
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Hmm.......after viewing these pics, I'm kinda puzzled about how I would judge the landscape and area of Lebanon.

On one hand:
-some buildings are old
-most are low-rise or rural/town-centric? (but hey, I'm not saying it's a bad thing)
-most of the cars are old (like 20-30+ years old)

and yet:
-new construction are on-going
-repair and improvement work is going along well (after the 2006 bombings)
-there are a quite a number of new cars that I see (e.g. MB C-class, Citroen C4, lots of Infiniti G35 and EX37, Nissan Tiida/Latio, an E46 BMW, etc.)
-Official car dealerships like Hyundai and I even saw a Lexus dealership, wow.
-The billboards featuring the Opel Corsa and Cadillac SRX
-There is a growing international presence in Lebanon (i.e. presence of GNC, KFC and McDonalds)

So, I'm not sure what to think.

Btw, I've started to grow an interest in Lebanon after:
-Announcement that Above & Beyond will perform in Bayrouth Club in Beirut (with DJ Matzo and other Anjunabeats trance DJs) as part of TATW 400.
-Lebanon is the current record holder for "WORLD'S LARGEST HOTEL SUITE"!

So those two alone are encouraging me to visit this country in the future.

Anyways, since Lebanon has no rail transport atm, I will definitely be driving a car there. I have a few questions:
-How is driving in Lebanon like (in the context of a tourist/non-local)?
-How well do the locals do in the English language (cause I can't speak Arabic)?
-What do I need to know when driving in Lebanon (most importantly driving between Airport, around the Beirut (Capital) and the Grand Hills Hotel and Spa in Brummana?

and lastly

-How's the GPS coverage for Lebanon? I do hope it covers the whole of the country (it's already year 2011 so they should've perfected the maps and routes and stuff by now)

Thanks
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Old November 15th, 2011, 01:08 PM   #79
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Hmm.......after viewing these pics, I'm kinda puzzled about how I would judge the landscape and area of Lebanon.

On one hand:
-some buildings are old
-most are low-rise or rural/town-centric? (but hey, I'm not saying it's a bad thing)
-most of the cars are old (like 20-30+ years old)

and yet:
-new construction are on-going
-repair and improvement work is going along well (after the 2006 bombings)
-there are a quite a number of new cars that I see (e.g. MB C-class, Citroen C4, lots of Infiniti G35 and EX37, Nissan Tiida/Latio, an E46 BMW, etc.)
-Official car dealerships like Hyundai and I even saw a Lexus dealership, wow.
-The billboards featuring the Opel Corsa and Cadillac SRX
-There is a growing international presence in Lebanon (i.e. presence of GNC, KFC and McDonalds)

So, I'm not sure what to think.

Btw, I've started to grow an interest in Lebanon after:
-Announcement that Above & Beyond will perform in Bayrouth Club in Beirut (with DJ Matzo and other Anjunabeats trance DJs) as part of TATW 400.
-Lebanon is the current record holder for "WORLD'S LARGEST HOTEL SUITE"!

So those two alone are encouraging me to visit this country in the future.

Anyways, since Lebanon has no rail transport atm, I will definitely be driving a car there. I have a few questions:
-How is driving in Lebanon like (in the context of a tourist/non-local)?
-How well do the locals do in the English language (cause I can't speak Arabic)?
-What do I need to know when driving in Lebanon (most importantly driving between Airport, around the Beirut (Capital) and the Grand Hills Hotel and Spa in Brummana?

and lastly

-How's the GPS coverage for Lebanon? I do hope it covers the whole of the country (it's already year 2011 so they should've perfected the maps and routes and stuff by now)

Thanks

The traffic is quite crazy comparing with Western Europe. Not sure how it is in Philippines. Traffic laws are not obeyed a lot so you have to be careful all the time and be ready for everything. If you have better-faster car you have the road for yourself if not you have to be ready to let the faster cars pass by at any moment and so on. Anyway I liked driving in Lebanon and in Beirut and would do it next time also. But it wasn't my first visit to Lebanon so I knew about my living area in Beirut and the main streets of city to get between parts of town and out of city.

Not sure about GPS but I'm sure that there is a normal coverage. It's good to plan your driving ahead and not with GPS only but with google.maps also. The signage is not so good outside of main roads and it's almost missing on many mountain roads. It's same in Beirut. You have to know the general layout of the city to get to the right places as there would be probably some road closings or something else on the roads you are planning to use and you have to find alternative roads at this crazy traffic.

If you are planning to stay only in Beirut's area driving between city and Brummana there is no point for rental car. You may spend hours for driving through traffic jams to the city and back and for finding parking places in Beirut. It's much faster and easier with taxis as they know best alternatives for traffic jams. And not so expensive also if your are not using expensive taxis offered by hotels.

Otherwise for exploring other places of Lebanon the car is really needed especially for mountains.

English is OK in Lebanon. Many younger people are speaking quite a good English and you can find some English speaking people almost everywhere around the country.
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