Arabic Word of the Day 67# [Journey in Arabia 9# - Lebanon Facts!]
Marhaban everyone! Today we’re going to take a step into the beautiful land of Lebanon. If you haven’t heard of it before or tried Lebanese food, you’re totally missing out! ;p Here are 39 facts for you, on Lebanon:
1# Beirut, Lebanon is the 10th most popular shopping destination in the world.
2# Lebanon is one of the most populated countries in its archaeological sites in the world.
3# Lebanon is the only Arab and Asian country that has absolutely no desert.
4# Israel and Lebanon share their seas; they are literally separated by a giant cable. The Israeli and Lebanese parts of the ocean can be seen from an Israeli geologic formation – the Rosh Hanikra. These caves are amazing rock formations in Israeli territory. Train tunnels made years ago for transportation between the countries and now inactive can be seen in the outside of the caves. Lebanon is “just around the corner” of Israel. Rosh Hanilkra, although Israeli territory, shows the ocean divided in two, and the military bases of Israel that prohibit civilian entry, as Lebanon is just steps away.
5# One of the main exports of Lebanon is jewellery. Authentic jewellery is one of the most exported goods from Lebanon to the world, especially other Middle Eastern countries.
6# Lebanon is known to have the highest gold reserve in the Middle East.
7# The temple of Bacchus is the best-preserved ancient temple in the world. It is larger than the Parthenon. The most famous sight in Baalbek is the Temple of Jupiter with six large columns.
8# The Mzaar resort right above the village of Faraya is a large ski resort (top 2465m) with modern facilities and a luxurious Intercontinental hotel. It has 42 slopes and 80 kilometres of ski tracks. It’s about a 40 minutes drive from Beirut. So you could on the perfect day, swim in the morning and ski in the afternoon.
9# While in Lebanon absolutely do not miss the impressive palace of Beit ed-Din, built in the 19th century over a period of 30 years by Emir Bechir II. It is a gorgeous example of the Lebanese architecture in that time. It’s only about 40 km from Beirut so it’s an easy daytrip (best combined with a visit to the village of Deir el-Qamar).
10# The name Deir el-Qamar means “Monastery of the Moon”. It’s a picturesque Maronite village and also an UNESCO World Heritage Site. They might as well have added the whole Lebanon as World Heritage Site at once! 11# The name LEBANON appears 75 times in the Old Testament.
12# The name CEDAR (Lebanon’s tree) appears 75 times too in the Old Testament. King Solomon’s temple was built with Lebanon’s cedars.
13# Lebanon’s Sky Bar voted number1 night club in the world.
14# Beirut was named “World Book Capital” in 2009.
15# The first alphabet was created in Byblos (city in Lebanon).
16# Lebanon is the country that has the most books written about it.
17# The creators of Tom & Jerry are originally Lebanese. (Joseph Barbara & William Hanna)
18# Egypt’s Pharaohs imported Lebanon’s cedars, marble and timber.
19# In springtime, and on the same day, you can ski in the mountains and/or swim in the sea.
20# The creator and the production manager of the iPod is originally Lebanese. (Tony Fadel)
21# The richest man in the world comes from a Lebanese descent. (Carlos Slim, from 2010-2013)
22# The Lebanese Hassan Kamel Al-Sabbah was a technological leader whose inventions in electricity had a great impact on the development of the 20th century technology and he was the first one who was working on creating electricity from sunlight.
23# Byblos (city in Lebanon) is the oldest continuously living city in the world.
24# The country’s name is known to be the oldest in the world and has remained unchanged for over 4000 years.
25# The Phoenicians (Original People of Lebanon) built the 1st boat, and they were the first to sail ever. They also reached America long before Christopher Columbus did.
26# The 1st law school in the world was built in Lebanon, in Downtown Beirut.
27# Qurnat as Sawda’ is a very important place in Lebanon. What is so special about it? It is the highest peak of Lebanon at 3088 meters above sea level. It has cold weather and frequent snowfall. According to medieval religious literature, Noah planted a tree in the summit of Mount Lebanon, Qurnat as Sawda.
28# Traditional pottery-making is still popular in the coastal towns of Lebanon, such as Al-Minaa in the north, and Sidon in the south.
29# When you are visiting someone at home, they usually offer you coffee, chocolate, candy (bonbons, in French)… beware, people tend to insist that you take at least one piece, so it is the custom that they offer it 3 times for fear that you should refuse out of shyness… so, you do not really have to take any if you do not want to; they will not be offended (as long as you accept at least one or two things they have offered you during your visit…)
30# The town of Jezzine, located in the south of Lebanon, is known for its cutlery. The cutlery is made of gold, silver and other precious metals. Many have handles made of bone or ivory. Some have the shape of a firebird.
31# Grass weaving is yet another ancient tradition that exists in Lebanon. People use palm leaves, agarwood (oud) and other materials to make furniture, hats, mats and baskets. Places famous for such objects are Aaakkar and Aamchit.
32# Lebanese wedding can last for up to three consecutive days. The most impressive is the day of Zaffeh. Nowadays this term means wedding celebration in general. The wedding starts with two parties – one in groom’s home and one in bride’s home. With the arrival of groom to bride’s home the third party starts.
33# Carlos Ghosn, Elie Saab, Carlos Slim Hel, Shakira, Salma Hayek, Gabriel Yared, Charles Elachi, Zuhair Murad, Billy Zane, Nicolas George Hayek, Tony Shalhoub etc. are all Lebanese or originally Lebanese people
34# In its halcyon days, prior to the civil war, Lebanon was known as the ‘Switzerland of the East’.
35# “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country”. Most people associate this quote to a speech made by US President John Kennedy in 1961. In fact, it came from one of Gibran Khalil Gibran’s books. (Lebanese writer and artist)
36# Lebanon has 5 UNESCO world heritage sites.The ancient city of Baalbek is inarguably Lebanon’s greatest Roman treasure.
37# The Lebanese national dishes are the kibbe; a meat pie made from finely minced lamb and burghul (cracked wheat), and the tabbouleh, a salad made from parsley, tomatoes, and burghul.
38# The Striped Hyena is the national animal of Lebanon.
39# Lebanon is the most religiously diverse country in the Middle East.
Yup! 39 random facts to add to your knowledge on Lebanon or in Arabic [Lubnaan]. I hope you have enjoyed this post! Cya guys! [sorry if I don’t reply because I’m kinda busy, tomorrow I’ll be free! Can’t wait! :D Until then, Byeee!!]
17# Never knew that.
39# Obviously true. The CIA World Factbook estimates (July 2017) the following: Muslim 57.7% (28.4% Shia, 28.7% Sunni), Christian 36.2% (Maronite Catholics are the largest Christian group), Druze 5.2%, and very small numbers of Zoroastrians, Jews, Baha'is, Buddhists, Hindus, and Mormons. ^-^
Very beautiful. Really wanna go.
Nice facts and have a great day/night[u know what I'm talking about XD]
Oh and pinch, punch first of the month hehe;p
ps. What's with the boxes?
Neither did I! [Tom and Jerry reminds me of Sousou and Sassy XD LOL and also, Jerry always wins ;p Haha!]
Oh! Stop showing off! Just cus I can't post pictures! :p That is a lovely view :D
Slap-kick for being too quick! [it is past 12am so you can't do it! :p]
... What boxes? :0
Thank God! I'm not going crazy. XD
Woah! You're a level 25 in Arabic! How'd that happen?!
Lebanon is one of the few Middle Eastern countries I do know a little bit about, but I still didn’t know a lot of these facts.
Lebanon is probably one of the most fascinating countries with an ancient history and culture.
I have actually heard a lot about the wood from Lebanon (regularly in church services it was supposedly a desired wood back then.) but I have never seen any in real life. (I bet it probably just looks like any other wood though. LOL)
Yup! Lebanon is amazing [it's also got great views - I wish I could show you guys pics but sad times with this cruddy thing between my hands] ... I'm gonna try again now! Mind me if I start posting random words in this process... ;p
No the wood is special cus the wood has jumping mushrooms :D And talking ones like me [only not as "intelligent" of course XD] ... A tribe of indigenous savage mushrooms guard the holy woods and they'll take over Lebanon's government and change the flag from a tree, to a MUSHROOM Ya! BP
Meh! Who cares! [I do] It's my over-sensitive laptop being extra ;p I mean who's laptop gets 3 different types of viruses, innocently downloading Google Chrome? :(
Mine would. It's been acting up for the past few days. Don't know what's wrong cos I have McAfee web advisor. ???
Well yeah but yesterday I was even more innocently downloading a PDF of my homework online and it "predicted" a virus using firewall and decided to clear all my data... But I told it to shut up and ignored its warning and no virus attacked me. ;p
3# Lebanon is the only Arab and Asian country that has absolutely no desert.
And deserts used to define Arabia for me ;p
Actually, I met someone [in England] who thought that we come from a desert! I mean I know that 99% of our land is desert but we don't live between sand dunes or something XD [well... you certainly can't say that about UAE or Saudi anyways!] ... But yeah, they thought we were the type of people who made tents in the desert [pathetic!] ;p