Here it is (the photo was taken as the rwy was being constructed) . The new runway (17/37) is the one going out the sea. It's 3400 m long (1800 m in sea). This is going to be the new landing runway in BEY. Aircraft will approach from the sea side (North).
The runway that's next to it is the old landing runway (18/36). Aircraft landing there have to overfly downtown Beirut at very low altitude. Imagine the sound as MEA's and TMA's 720 and 707 used to approach over Beirut. From where I used to live, we had to stop talking because we couldn't hear anything else than the JT3Ds! I used to love it though. Talk about noise pollution.
Every time I visited Beirut in the past years I used to say to myself "enjoy the view, that's probably your last runway 18 landing". It seems next time I go there it's gonna be the new less interesting approach over the sea.
If you look at the threshold of the old runway you can see that houses end just before the runway. Most of the lighting installations for the runway are between these houses. That's part of the South suburb of Beirut, all illegal and dangerous construction. But that made the landing even more exciting as you feel you're landing on house roofs. By the time you realize you have passed the airport perimeter, the aircraft has already touched down!
Amazing approach that will be missed.