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The street, which is a major shopping center and tourist attraction, was named in honor of the Battle of Verdun during World War I. However, "Verdun" remains the street's unofficial name. It is officially named Rachid Karami Street, after Lebanon's late Prime Minister who was assassinated during the Lebanese Civil War.
Lycée Franco-Libanais Verdun is one of Beirut's most prominent Francophone schools. The Druze Center is the seat of the high sheik of the Druze Sect in Lebanon, also a notable Verdun Landmark. The "Rashid Karami" memorial statue, after whom the street is named, is also present on this avenue of shops and cafes. Dar El-Fatwa will join the Verdun family of landmarks in its soon-to-be-constructed Headquarters on a currently empty lot on the street.
Tourism and entertainment
Verdun is home to a number of tourism facilities. Four Points by Sheraton has a prime location on the entrance of Rue Verdun. Another hotel is the Holiday Inn, rising above the bustling Dunes Center. Lying on the intersection of Verdun and Hamra is the Bristol Hotel, an old-age landmark and witness to Verdun's development over the years. Joining the hotel family of Verdun soon is the Staybridge Suites, which is still under construction in a 22-storey-high tower.
Verdun Street Festival
Verdun is one of Beirut's most prestigious residential neighborhoods where also some of the most important fashion boutiques are found.
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