With an incredible array of restaurants, bars, clubs and museums, Beirut is crowded and chaotic with an East-meets-West vibe. The largest city and capital of Lebanon it sits on a peninsula with the country's largest seaport on the Mediterranean coast. Cloaked in a history spanning back 5,000 years, Beirut is one of the oldest cities in the world.
Coworking spaces here have sprung up to answer the needs of local professionals looking for somewhere to work from without having to set up their own offices plus meandering nomads of the digital ilk that are ticking off countries as they saunter around the world.
Sadly Beirut has some of the slowest download speeds in the world; so don't expect miracles to happen. Lebanon is a country also suffering from high unemployment especially amongst its youth, slow growth and outdated legal and regulatory systems which hinders it from becoming a startup hub, despite having all the ingredients including educated and innovative minds in its midst. Many of its intelligent and youthful entrepreneurs move abroad to bring their dreams to fruition. Those that remain have to negotiate the hurdles of a repressive government.
With its rich history and breathtaking mountains and seascapes, Beirut has been nicknamed the "Paris of the Middle East". Friendly locals will call out "habibi" constantly to you, the local cuisine will have your mouth watering and the fashionistas will strut their stuff in the streets. Remember to try to some work done at a coworking space in between gulping down hummus and some falafel.
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