George, meet Lebanon: 10 things Clooney should know about his new Levant connection

Published May 22nd, 2014 - 10:05 GMT

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Hospitality
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Image 1 of 10: Hospitality: Lebanese people are famed for their hospitality - it’s something they take very seriously, as you’ll find out when you’re plied with maamoul after popping over for a quick cup of tea! Lebanon is already excited about welcoming Clooney into the fold...it won’t be long until he is “cousin George”!

Lebanese food
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Image 1 of 10: Food: What’s not to love about Lebanese food? Clooney might find it hard to stick to his Hollywood diet when surrounded by sumptuous dishes of hummus, tabbouleh and the freshest falafel on earth. And let’s not forget the sweets - LA’s frozen yoghurt has got nothing on Beirut’s baklava.

Big family
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Image 1 of 10: Big family: Get ready for tons of company, George (even when you are not expecting it)! The Lebanese are known for large, rambunctious families and now he gets to be a part of one. The kiddos will surely enjoy George’s playful pranks and Amal’s whole family now gets to experience the famous Clooney charm.

Travel
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Image 1 of 10: Travel: Recently voted by HuffPost as one of the top places to visit before you die, Lebanon truly is one of the most beautiful places on earth. Rich in archaeology, stunning coastlines and gorgeous mountains, George will no doubt want to explore his new wife’s homeland. May we suggest it for the honeymoon?

nightlife
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Image 1 of 10: Beirut: The Lebanese capital is infamous throughout the Middle East - synonymous with partying - Beirut has the most vibrant nightlife in the region. With its European vibes (think girls in miniskirts) and top-notch DJ sets - not to mention stunning surroundings - it won’t be long before George swaps Hollywood for the corniche!

Diverse group of people
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Image 1 of 10: Diverse society: Lebanon is truly unique. With the government recognizing 18 different sects of religion and the parliament being carefully constructed out of these groups, Lebanese society is a fascinating mesh of people and cultures. Every pocket of Lebanon that George may travel to will bring different cultural norms and a new experience.

Coffee
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Image 1 of 10: Coffee: George may well have a life-crisis when he tastes Lebanon’s famous coffee - strong and rich, it knocks Nespresso out of the water. It can be mixed with cardamom for an unforgettable aromatic flavor. With stalls selling the coffee all over Beirut, George won’t have to look far for a caffeinated treat (or maybe even a new commercial gig!)

Arts and culture
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Image 1 of 10: Arts and culture: Often ticketed as the arts hub of the Middle East, it might not be long before Clooney lands his next acting or directing gig in Beirut. After all, the Lebanese atmosphere seems to breed some of the region’s finest musicians, film stars, and comedians from Fairuz and the Rahbani brothers to Mashrou’ Leila and Cyrine Abdelnour.

Wedding
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Image 1 of 10: Weddings: Lebanese weddings are a blast! George should prepare himself for loads of delicious dishes, topped with hundreds of kisses from so-and-so’s aunt that is related to so-and-so’s cousin. Paired with time-old traditions (cutting the cake with a sword) and copious dancing, we're sure George will be a hit on the dancefloor!

Lebanon everywhere
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Image 1 of 10: Lebanon everywhere: George won’t have to travel to Lebanon to be in the Lebanese fold! With one of the biggest diasporas in the world, Clooney may have already had his fair taste of Lebanese culture from London to LA and everywhere in between.

She may have moved away from Beirut during the civil war but Amal Alamuddin still has a strong sense of Lebanese identity. When news broke that the London-based human rights lawyer had said “yes!” to a proposal of marriage from Hollywood’s most famous bachelor George Clooney, the Levant lost it. With tweets offering Clooney the role of president pouring in and proud Lebanese saying the engagement asserted their country’s excellence, it was clear that this match would be one made in heaven - no, we’re not talking about George and Amal...we’re talking about George and Lebanon!

Gossip says that George and Amal are aiming to tie the knot by the end of the summer, and no doubt between wedding planning and the whirlwind of paparazzi, Mr. Clooney may not have time to acquaint himself with his wife’s homeland...so Al-Bawaba thought we would help him out! We could wax lyrical all day about Lebanon but to keep it short and sweet for George, here are 10 things about Lebanon and Lebanese life he has to look forward to upon his wedding!

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