Often referred to as the Paris of the Middle East, Beirut is a leader in tourism, education, history, and beauty in the region. Beirut is the capital city of Lebanon. With an estimated population of 1-2 million people, it is also Lebanon’s largest city. Beirut is located in the middle of the Lebanese coastline, and serves as the largest and most important port city in the country. It is divided into 12 districts, or quarters, each bringing something special to the city. Beirut holds the seat of the Lebanese government, and plays a primary role in the Lebanese economy with Hamra, Verdun, and Ashrafieh playing the largest roles. Beirut is home to leading press, television channels, theatres, cultural activities, and vibrant nightlife in all of the Middle East, making it a very mixed city. Westerners and Arabs alike have made Beirut their home since the early 1940’s, and after the Lebanese Civil War this has become reality once again! During the 15-year Civil War, Beirut was at a stand-still. With no income coming into the nation, Lebanon suffered. However, quickly after the war, Beirut began to rebuild at immense speed. What was once a shattered city soon became a glamorous and shining city.