This may come as a surprise, but it’s also plenty of people’s dream to see the “Paris of the Middle East,” as Beirut is nicknamed. By the way, do you know what your best travel destination says about you? “Cognizant of today’s geopolitical climate, Americans are shifting the conversation from apprehension to understanding and are openly exploring destinations in the Middle East,” says Jamee Lubkemann, vice president of American Express Travel. Beirut—one of the world’s oldest settlements—is a confluence of history and culture. Admire colonial French architecture and feast on a diversity of culinary delights. Wondering where to stay? Sofitel Beirut Le Gabriel and The Smallville Hotel are top picks.
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