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Best cities to live in Lebanon

Hi,

It’s not always easy to decide in which area to settle in when moving to Lebanon. According to you, what are the best cites to live in?

Which regions offer most of the job opportunities, a good quality of life, an affordable cost of living?

Share with us the cities you would recommend to expats and soon-to-be expats in Lebanon.

Thank you in advance,

Julien

most of the job opportunities are located in beirut
but living there is too expensive
so you can live in a suburb and work in beirut

If you work near to Beirut or one of the coastal areas, it's better to live further out, up a mountain, and commute, if you drive.  I was lucky enough to live and work in Brumanna, which is lovely town and just a 10 minute drive down to the coast, and half an hour to Beirut.  I also lived near Jounieh, but 15 mins up the mountain, in Adma. 

Having a car is pretty essential as public transport is not great and walking any distance is uncomfortable, difficult and dangerous as pavements only really exist in towns, (and not always then) and drivers are not considerate when people are walking on the edge of the road!  For women, walking alone can often be a problem as people will think you are a prostitute. Get a car. Commute and live in a smaller community.

Tanya

As for 2017, Lebanon still doesn't have a balance between its cities, you can't actually find a city where everything is found in! for example, if you want to live in a cheap city like Zahle, its not going to be an interesting life since this town itself doesn't have actually the look of a city (mostly located on a mountain) which makes transportation a hard approach usually. plus the factor of the low end investments, so work opportunities is poor.

While moving the balance a little bit higher here comes Beirut, where expensive life starts. Its nearly impossible for a man these days to save a penny there unless you consider the suburbs, but you earn some excitement and jobs in return. though not that great but still pays off for a third-world country like Lebanon which has been in wars for decades.

If you were looking for nightlife, then definitely Beirut suits a little, where every other city fails.

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