My Neighborhood, My Beirut

Photo essay: Most interesting place I have lived

by Hossein Shahidi
Ras Beirut, or the ‘head’ or ‘tip’ of Beirut, is the north-western corner of Beirut that sticks out into the Mediterranean (see Google map of neighborhood). A square, roughly three kilometers long and one kilometer wide, Ras Beirut is host to three of Lebanon’s oldest universities – the American University of Beirut (AUB, founded in 1866), the Lebanese American University (LAU, founded in 1924), and the Haigazian University (1955)... Had my fascination with Ras Beirut been confined to its natural or urban beauty, today I would have had little but an obituary to write about the most interesting neighborhood in which I have lived (see my video: The Sounds of Ras Beirut). However, more than anything else, it is people who give character to their habitat. Ras Beirut is still unique, not only thanks to the writers, scholars and community leaders >>> more

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Orang Gholikhani

Phonecian brothers

by Orang Gholikhani on


Nice pictures. I'd several lebanease friends since I'm living in Paris and here is a "kind" of second home for lebanease people. I've always been better welcomed in Lebanease restaurants than Iranian ones ! Very nice people our Phonecian brothers //

I've always wished to visit lenbanon in person. May be one day, I would have this chance.


Shirin Vazin


by Shirin Vazin on

One of the places I want to visit!

Thanks for sharing! 

Medulla Oblongata

At last!

by Medulla Oblongata on

Some pictures of real people, real life, real heros!

Incidentally, is that Mr Reza Pahlavi on pic #15? 


They call it the Paris of Middle East

by Hooshang Tarreh-Gol on

for good reasons. Thanks for sharing.

maziar 58


by maziar 58 on

nice video too.

valah ey wa lebanan!

kharghak nasrollah.




by پندارنیک on

Oon Yaroo

#15 is the best, lots of coooookies....!

by Oon Yaroo on

There is an identical pastry store in Falls Church Northern Virginia!

Great pastries!

Red Wine


by Red Wine on

بعد از ۹ سال،به زودی در آنجا خواهیم بود ...

Jahanshah Javid

Sweet & charming

by Jahanshah Javid on

I loved your photo essay. It's so human and heartwarming to see the smiling faces of hardworking people when all the world knows about Beirut is its wars and miseries.

Your friends look kind and sweet. And your feelings for them -- and your neighborhood -- most sincere.

Thank you so much for sharing.

Tiger Lily


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