Expatriate Community in Lebanon

Overview by Globlatrade.net:

Communities of Expatriates

The Number of Expatriates
The foreign community is very big in Lebanon. Many Frenchs and Americans live in the country.
Blogs For Expats
Blog for expats in Lebanon
For Further Information
Blog for expats in Lebanon
Immigration Authority
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants
Transportation Companies For Moving/Removals
Crown Relocation
Pro Log

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Ranking of Cities

Cost of Living
The cost of living is low for expats who pay in Euros or any other currency. However it is quite high for Lebanese.
La Maison des Français de l'Etranger is a guide in which you can find the prices of products used everyday as well as car and rental prices (in french only).
Quality of Life
In 2009, Beirut was classified the 175th city out of 215 on a standard living scale (Byblos Bank Group study).
Sanitary Conditions
Lebanon has some the best hospitals and doctors within the region but disparity can be quite big between public and private. Because of the war, hospitals have suffered deterioration and access to care is getting unequal.
Water is stocked in cisterns at the top of buildings (not enough pressure for water distribution on the public network). The water quality relies on the the cisterns and pipes condition.
For Further Information

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Renting an Apartment

Description of Apartments
Appartments are described by their surface and their number of rooms and bathrooms.
Normal Lease Term
Leases are negociated with landlords. The minimum is generaly one year. The owner requires a deposit he will return at the end of the lease.
Rental Costs
A deposit is always required. It generaly equals 4 weeks rent.
Agencies or Private Rentals
It is possible to use agencies or private offers.
Rental Agency Websites
Website directory of rental agencies in Lebanon
Lebanese real estate agency
Private Rentals Announcements Online
El Waseet, website of rental adverts in the Middle East
For Further Information
1st Lebanon

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School System

School Level
The Lebanese educational system is made of different teaching cycles: The Kinder Garden; The Primary cycle including the 6 first school years; The Middle cycle representing 3 years; and the Secondary cycle including Seconde, Premiere and Terminale, lasting 1 year each.
The country counts 25 institutions of higher education and 120,000 students. The quality of a degree depends on the region and the instition.
International Schools
There are lots of international schools in Lebanon.
You can consult the list of international schools in Lebanon. 
For Further Information
List of international schools in Lebanon

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Health System

Quality of Healthcare
In the last 20 years, the Ministry of Public Health has built 27 public hospitals, but half of them were shut for bad management and the lack of funds.
On the other hand Lebanon has 175 private hospitals with 14,500 beds. These buildings are generaly equiped with more modern installations and provide a better service. Doctors are well trained and often come from the United States or Europe. It is strongly advised to travel to Lebanon with health insurance.
International Hospitals
Clemenceau Medical center
Hotel Dieu de France
American University Medical Center
Health Insurance
Accessibility of the Health Insurance Network to Foreigners
France and Lebanon have signed a social security agreement.
For all nationals coming from countries having no agreement with Lebanon, it is strongly advised to suscribe to a private health inssurance.
Health System Insurance Body
Health Ministry
Ministry of Health

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