The Conde Nast Readers’ Choice Survey started in 1988 and has become one of the world’s most sought-after and reliable must-visit lists. This year’s results of the 76,659 responses were prepared by Equation Research. The questionnaire for the Reader’s Choice Survey features a list of candidates in various categories (cities, hotels, etc.). Nominees must receive a minimum number of favorable responses to be eligible for a Readers’ Choice Award. The candidates are judged on a set of criteria relevant to their category, based on a standard five-point scale: excellent, very good, good, fair, and poor. The mean average of these ratings determines the final score published.
This year, Beirut was chosen by the readers of Conde Nast, within the ranking of the 25 Best Cities to Visit, describing the beloved land as “a city that just won’t die.” This ranking is another recognition for Lebanon despite political crises, regional hardships, and many other difficulties plaguing the Middle East.
It is in similar times that we take a moment to self-reflect, regain hope, and see Beirut as a beacon of hope. Despite the fallbacks of unforgotten wars, the Lebanese people will never give up the will to live, and this spirit of hope has always amazed our visitors from around the world.
No matter the circumstances, Beirut, to this day, proves that patriotism is not a mere word. It is the great energy that lives among its very own people. It is not merely politics, but the spirit of each individual who regards Lebanon as a land of joy, hope, and love. It is not by pure coincidence that individuals from multiple nationalities have chosen Beirut as one of the most appreciated cities in the world; it is the strong will of life found in the heart of Lebanon that gives this place such formidable energy.
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