Casino du Liban

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Casino du Liban at night.

Casino du Liban is a casino located in Maameltein, Jounieh in Lebanon and is 22 km north of Beirut.

With an area of about 35,000 square meters, the casino has around 400 slot machines and 60 gaming tables. It has a showroom, night club, theater, banquet facility and five restaurants. The casino was first opened in 1959. It closed in 1989 and reopened in 1996 after a $50 million reconstruction and refurbishment project.

In his memoir of the international hotel business, Shadow of the Sun: Travels And Adventures in the World of Hotels, Peter J. Venison wrote that the Casino du Liban "was elegant, yet the cabaret was spectacular and rivaled anything that Las Vegas could offer".[1] He also described it as a backdrop of a James Bond novel where clientele from the richest elite of European and Arabian societies ventured into the casino in formal black-tie attire.[2]

In Literature[edit]

  • Captain from Corfu by Muriel Maddox
"A tour of the city was planned and that evening dinner at the Casino du Liban."
  • The Man in the Middle by Hugh Atkinson
"The Casino du Liban was set on a cliff, outside Beirut on the coast road."
  • Danger and Opportunity: An American Ambassador's Journey Through the Middle East by Edward Djerejian, former United States Ambassador to Syria and Israel
"One of my early impressions of the contrasts of life in Lebanon was my first visit to the Casino du Liban—a luxurious gambling and entertainment spot in Jounieh on the Mediterranean coast north of Beirut."

References[edit]

  1. ^ Venison, Peter J. Shadow of the Sun: Travels And Adventures in the World of Hotels, page 235
  2. ^ Venison, Peter J. Shadow of the Sun: Travels And Adventures in the World of Hotels, page 235

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Coordinates: 34°00′54″N 35°38′26″E / 34.014976°N 35.640513°E / 34.014976; 35.640513