Fast-paced, fashion-conscious and overwhelmingly friendly, the Lebanese capital is the quintessential East-meets-West experience, and wholeheartedly lives up to its moniker of “the Paris of the Middle East”, so-called thanks to its French influences and vibrant cultural and intellectual life. The city’s pulsating art, food and nightlife rival anything New York, Paris or London have to offer, and once a year, over the course of five days, Beirut’s boat show blends supreme luxury with exhilarating escapades. Not only is Beirut Boat an opportunity to see some of the world’s most extravagant super yachts and talk all things nautical with luxury yachting companies and brokerage houses, but it also gives visitors an opportunity to be immersed in couture fashion, exquisite jewellery and rare supercars. And, as one would expect of the party capital of the Arab world, the vast array of pleasure craft on show is complemented by a host of live music events and exclusive parties.