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Moving to Lebanon from Dubai

In Moving Guides by Steven Kane

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Moving Documents Required
When moving to Lebanon from Dubai, importation of Household Goods and Personal Effects

  • Copy of Passport
  • Detailed Packing list
  • Employment letter
  • Delivery order
  • Work permit
  • Residence permit
  • Lease agreement attested by the local municipality
  • Bill of lading / AWB

Overview
At just under 10,500 km² Lebanon is the smallest sovereign state on the continent of Asia. However, what it lacks in size it more than makes up for with a rich history and religious and ethnic diversity.

Capital City: Beirut
Population: 6 Million
Language(s): Arabic
Currency: Lebanese Pound (LBP)
GDP per capita: USD 12,500
Drives on the: Right
Time: GMT +2
Internet domain: .lb
International dialling code: +961

With a civilisation that stretches back more than 7,000 years, Lebanon was at one point the Roman empires center of Christianity.  However, in subsequent centuries the Arab Muslims conquered the region followed by the Crusades after which began 400 years of rule under the Ottoman Empire, which ended following World War I.

In 1943 Lebanon gained independence after which the country experienced relative calm and prosperity. It became a major tourist destination and by the ’60s was a major banking hub in the region. Beirut became known as the ‘Paris of the Middle East’. However, in 1975 a civil war broke out which lasted 16 years and cost as many as 200,000 lives and displaced 1 million people.

Since 1990 the country has experienced relative peace, (although often quite fraught and fragile), and in an attempt to maintain stability and avoid sectarian conflict, today’s Lebanon is a parliamentary democracy with a Maronite Christian as President and a Sunni Muslim in the role as Prime Minister.

Tourism is still an important economic sector in Lebanon despite the conflict in Syria, with over 1.5 million tourists per year, this accounts for around 10% of the Lebanese economy. In recent years more and more Japanese tourists have begun visiting the country.

The climate tends to be hot and humid in coastal areas during the summer combined with some rain during winters moving inland, particularly the mountainous region’s, where temperatures drop dramatically, sometimes below freezing, with heavy snow at highest altitudes.

Expats in Lebanon
The expatriate population in Lebanon is much different and generally much smaller than you would find in Gulf countries in the Middle East such as Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, and the UAE. Many of these skilled positions throughout the country are taken up by the well-educated Lebanese population. The vast majority of expats are employed within diplomatic circles all by NGOs, as well as sectors such as architecture, engineering, construction and also tourism.

Whilst Arabic is the official spoken language, French and English are widely spoken, so many expats will find communicating socially or in business much less of an issue than in other foreign countries.  Similarly, the vibrant and diverse culture of the country often makes it much easier for an expat to integrate and less of a culture shock that expatriates often experience when moving to Middle Eastern countries.

Lebanon reflects it’s religious diversity by celebrating a number of religious holidays throughout the course of the year and regardless of religious the nomination, everyone is entitled to take these days off work.

Beirut is a vibrant city with a lot to do and see especially Hamra and Jouneih which are great shopping and have a white choice of lively bars and restaurants.  Most areas in the city safe but it is advisable to stay away from areas near the airport and also in the vicinity of the refugee camps.

The climate is enjoyed by many expats who move to Lebanon. Indeed at certain times of the year, it is possible to ski in the mountains in the morning and swim in the Mediterranean Sea in the afternoon.


Cost of living (Beirut)

A meal at a standard restaurant is likely to cost roughly USD 12-15 per person with a beer priced around USD 4.00 and soft drinks around USD 0.80 per can.  A reasonable bottle of wine costs approximately USD 12 and a coffee typically sets you back around USD 3.25. At the local supermarkets a loaf of bread is priced around USD 1.00, a liter of milk approximately USD 2.20 and a dozen eggs roughly USD 2.90.

Public transport even in the larger cities is limited. It is convenient, but almost a necessity to get your own vehicle. Your employer may provide this as part of your remuneration package. Otherwise, taxis tend to be the best way of getting around. Prices start around USD 6 and then around USD 2.00 per kilometer thereafter. Petrol is relatively inexpensive at around USD 0.95 per liter.

A typical 1-2 bedroom apartment in a good area would be approximately USD 1,200 per month. Less desirable areas would reduce the monthly rent to around USD 800. A typical house would cost around USD 1,900 per month.

Basic utilities for an average two-bedroom apartment will be around USD 150.  Prepaid mobile phone charges are approximately USD 0.35 per minutes and fast broadband internet is roughly USD 45 per month.


Schooling

Of the countries in the Arab world, Lebanon has one of the highest literacy rates. All schools adhere to the ministry of education’s guidelines with the first three phases of education which is primary, intermediate, and secondary through of charge. This covers the first eight years of compulsory education. I’m on the main subjects on the curriculum English or/and French is also taught. The education curriculum is generally IB.

Following secondary education, an optional ‘further education’ is available to students in the form of vocational training Institute, a college, or a university. The length of this square education is dependent on the choice of program, and normally tuition fees apply.

There are a large number of international schools available particularly in and around Beirut. Private school fees tend to be relatively high if you are fortunate, you may find your employers includes educational allowances as part of an expat remuneration package.


Some schools in Lebanon

Ahliah School
Website:www.ahliahschool.edu.lb

Antoine International School
Website:www.ais.edu.lb/english/home

American Community School
Website:www.acs.edu.lb

Boldwin International School
Website:www.boldwinschool.wordpress.com

Eastwood School
Website:www.eastwoodschools.com

International College
Website:www.ic.edu.lb/index.cfm

Healthcare
Before relocating to Lebanon it is important to determine with your employer whether they will provide you with medical insurance coverage or whether you need to make arrangements. The general standard of healthcare in Lebanon is reasonably good the country is rated 91stby the World Health Organisation.

Most public clinics and hospitals are generally good, especially in major cities. Doctors and nurses are professionally trained and mostly English/French speaking however in certain areas political and social tensions mean some facilities have been neglected by the government compromising the amenities and quality of care.

For this reason, many people choose private medical insurance. The government offers a government-funded health care system modeled on the one available in France. It is called the National Social Security Fund – NSSF.  In most cases, funds for treatment needs to be prepaid and then claimed later through the NSSF.

It is advisable to arrange vaccinations prior to your move to Lebanon including Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B.

Useful link(s);
Lebanese Customs Dept.
Website: www.customs.gov.lb/customs/
Expat Group (Internations)
Website: www.internations.org

Note: This document is provided as a guide for people moving to Lebanon from Dubai, UAE and for information purposes only. Customs regulations can and do change at any time, usually without notice. Your mover will provide you with more information.