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Date Visited:
September 08, 2009


Lebanon’s sole theme park is a true jewel and the best of its kind between Italy and Central China. Built by a well-reputed Dubai-based family enterprise and engineered by German perfectionists, its setting on the slopes of Lebanon’s mountains is hard to beat: imagine riding a brand-new spinning roller coaster (like Crush Coaster in Walt Disney Studios Paris) and ‘flying’ on it over the edge of a cliff before turning, twisting and twirling through Phoenician-themed buildings, surrounded by other quality rides.

Hit hard by the subsequent decline of tourists following the 2006 Israel-Lebanon war, the 2005-opened Habtoorland struggled to keep its doors open. Time will tell if the Lebanese and tourists will be able to enjoy this unique venture up in the green mountains above party-addicted Beirut again.

Up in Beirut's mountains... Up in Beirut's mountains...

...sits little theme park jewel Habtoorland ...sits little theme park jewel Habtoorland

Habtoorland entrance Habtoorland entrance

Phoenician village Phoenician village

Phoenician gate Phoenician gate

Spinning coaster Spinning coaster

Made in Bavaria Made in Bavaria

Delivered to Lebanon Delivered to Lebanon

Wild twists and turns Wild twists and turns

Twists and turns, the second Twists and turns, the second

On-ride view On-ride view

The spinning coaster is great fun! The spinning coaster is great fun!

Spinning through pyramids Spinning through pyramids

Siding Siding

Habtoorland Lebanon Habtoorland Lebanon

Spinning cups Spinning cups

Cups up close Cups up close

Shuttle roller coaster (runs back and forth per ride) Shuttle roller coaster (runs back and forth per ride)

View from Habtoorland View from Habtoorland

Phoenician galley Phoenician galley

Original Lebanese Original Lebanese

Amphitheater Amphitheater

Lebanese charm Lebanese charm

Habtoorland is currently closed Habtoorland is currently closed