11:50 am. More ponds (b) can be seen behind the Garonne (a), among which a large one (c) belonging to the Domaine de Borde Blanque event venue, while part of the town of Merville (d) is visible on the right:
Here are now a series of old aerial pictures, taken between 2000 and 2007 when I used to travel between Lebanon and Greece, sometimes through Cyprus. Most of them are of mediocre quality, as I only had a simple analog camera back then and scanning them reduced the quality even further, but hopefully you will still find them interesting.
Preparing to land in Beirut on a winter day. The campus of the AUB university, the country’s oldest and one of the most prestigious in the Middle East, can be seen in the foreground (1), as well as the city’s famed seaside promenade, known as the Corniche (2), while further in the back is the large area of land reclaimed on what used to be the Normandie landfill (3), created just west of the port during the civil war years, and yet to be fully redeveloped. The huge white structure further back (4) is the port's grain elevator which has become a worldwide icon of the August 4, 2020 tragedy, pictured still standing amidst an area of complete devastation.
Further south, the most discernible structure is the Camille Chamoun stadium (1), the city’s largest. In the foreground, we can see the southernmost part of Ramleh el Baida (“The White Sand”) beach, also the city’s largest (2), then the Kempinski Summerland Hotel and Resort (3), and finally a small part of the extensive slums (4) lining the coastline all the way until the airport.
On takeoff, which is usually done from the other runway, a view of the city from a different angle can be enjoyed. The airport with its two intersecting runways (the third one in the middle is nowadays only used as a taxiway) can be seen in the right half of the picture.
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