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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 - one of Beirut's most prominent Francophone schools.
- The Druze Center - the seat of the high sheik of the Druze Sect in Lebanon.
- The "Rashid Karami" memorial statue- the man the street is named after.
Verdun is home to a number of hotels, including:
- Four Points by Sheraton has a prime location on the entrance of Rue Verdun.
- Holiday Inn, rising above the bustling Dunes Center.
- Bristol Hotel, an old-age landmark lying on the intersection of Verdun and Hamra.
- Staybridge Suites
Verdun is home to some of the most important fashion boutiques and retail chains.
The area is full of dining options, catering to upscale and budget needs, and everything in-between. In addition, there are numerous cafes and coffee shops located there as well.
The area does not offer much in the way of nightlife, with little or no clubs, bars, or pubs in the area.