The International Herald Tribune has published online an article from its archive titled, Beirut is Travel Hub of the Middle East. The article appeared in its papers back in 1964!

Beirut, its capital, is the seething communications hub of the Middle East, where planes from every point on the globe touch down, linking four continents. The city is an anachronism in which fast-paced sophistication, and slothful, time-worn customs are crazily juxtaposed.

Unfortunately, they have a very miniscule image of the original article in print. Based on this, I believe the text they have is an extract rather than the full article but nevertheless it is a very fascinating read. Looking through it now, you might be tempted to replace “Beirut” with “Dubai” though there are instances where it does not fit.

How times have changed.

Screenshot of International Herald Tribune article 1964: Beirut is Travel Hub of the Middle East

Screenshot of International Herald Tribune article from their archive. The 320 words posted on the web seem to be an extract what appears to be a larger article.