BAKE a cake, find the candles, and get ready for a raucous round of happy birthday because Etihad is turning 15 and you’re invited to join the party!

Rather than transforming into a tempestuous teenager the Abu Dhabi-based airline, which is one of the world’s most trusted travel brands boasting an unblemished safety record, is marking the milestone by giving you the opportunity to jaunt off to one of 15 destinations.

You could win one of 15 amazing Etihad Airways return ticket prizes to your choice of 15 different destinations including a grand prize of 2 Business Class tickets to Abu Dhabi and two nights luxury accommodation.

Wowser, thanks Etihad.

And to help with daydreaming about these dynamic destinations we’ve come up with hints on the best ways to celebrate in bewitching Beirut.

 

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How to spend big days in Beirut?

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The Lebanese capital is called the “Paris of the Middle East” and has emerged from decades of unrest to become a vibrant and vivacious city where modern architecture sits beside French colonial buildings and structures thrown up by the Ottoman Empire.

The slightly disheveled metropolis on the edge of the Mediterranean doesn’t feature famous landmarks like Paris, Tokyo and New York but offers armloads of atmosphere with travellers strolling, shopping, sightseeing and scoffing.

 

The choice is yours!

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Want to check out Beirut? Etihad Airways can get you there in style on the innovative Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner with the two-cabin aircraft – there’s the option of business and economy – now flying daily between Abu Dhabi and Beirut.

Etihad is all about giving you choices. No matter how you choose to travel Etihad understands that every journey and every traveller is different.

 

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Etihad puts more decision making power back in the passengers hands and allows you to select the additional comforts that suit your journey. With 15 years of award-winning service, the airline understands the need to personalise the way you travel.

Beirut is fast becoming one of The Med’s most happening holiday havens, how would you choose to explore it?

 

1. The call of The Corniche

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The Corniche – the promenade linking the Ramlet al Bayda neighbourhood and Saint George Marina – is to Beirut what Circular Quay is to Sydney with locals descending to stroll, sun, cycle, saunter and skate.

Visit at sunset during summer, when the Mediterranean breezes cool the capital and the sky turns fiery shades of orange, and stay after darkness descends to savour a feast of local flavours.

For something different source a selection of street food from stalls lining the route then find an unoccupied bench to feast alfresco while taking in the view, watching the passing parade, and spotting locals dressed for a big night out.

 

2. Eat, drink and be arty

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Fine dining is becoming a Beirut signature, but rather than noshing in a city restaurant why not combine a fancy meal with a heaped helping of art and a side serve of impressive architecture?

The Sursock Museum is one of Lebanon’s most important art museums with this gallery – occupying an opulent villa, boasting a blend of Venetian and Ottoman architectural elements, which once belonged to a local aristocrat – also home to an esteemed eatery open from morning till midnight.

Resto serves an assortment of Mediterranean dishes – drawing culinary influences from Lebanon, Italy and Iran – and only uses the freshest seasonal ingredients sourced directly from nearby farms and markets.

 

3. Bring it to the beach

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Lebanon is as much about the Mediterranean as Mykonos and Mallorca with a day – heck, why not make it a week – at the beach a highlight during the warmer months when temperatures linger around 28C.

While there are a couple of public beaches in the big smoke, including one at the southern end of The Corniche, locals recommend giving these a miss and heading for a private stretch of sand and spending a few bucks to enjoy the services of a chic coastal club.

Batroun is a seaside hamlet an hour’s drive from the city centre that boasts some of the country’s cleanest beaches with stylish Orchid Lounge sitting on rocks above the deep blue and chilled Pierre and Friends at the waterline.

 

Ready for a few big days in beguiling Beirut?

Perhaps Cairo, Rome or Paris? Etihad wants YOU to join the global party for their 15-year celebrations.

You could win one of 15 amazing Etihad Airways return ticket prizes to your choice of 15 different destinations including a grand prize of 2 Business Class tickets to Abu Dhabi and two nights luxury accommodation.

You don’t need to blow out any birthday candles to have your travel wishes come true. All you need to do to be in with a chance of winning a return flight to your choice of destination is…

1) MAKE AND TICKET A NEW ETIHAD BOOKING BETWEEN 7 – 28 NOVEMBER 2018

2) FILL OUT THE INCENTIVE ENTRY FORM HERE INCLUDING YOUR TICKET NUMBER

Plus you can enter multiple times – so the more you sell, the more chances to win!

 

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HURRY! Competition ends 28 November 2018.

 

How would you spend your days in Beirut?