NEW FACULTY ORIENTATION
Ras Beirut, our neighborhood, is known for its diversity and vitality,
two characteristics that the AUB Neighborhood Initiative aims
to promote and protect through innovative outreach activities
and interdisciplinary research.
In Ras Beirut, contradictions reign supreme. Behind the modern
luxurious towers, we can still walk in hidden alleys and discover
beautiful village-like areas with old houses and wild gardens. Next to
the security guards at the entrance of a new building, we can still
find people who will invite you - even a total stranger - to join them
for a cup of coffee and a game of backgammon. The deafening noise
of the electricity generators, the horrible traffic, and the eternally
honking cars are offset by birdsong. Fragrant jasmine, orange blossom
and bougainvillea bloom in the scattered gardens, often belonging
to heritage buildings threatened by demolition due to real estate
speculation. Alongside supermarket chains, we can still find family
businesses established by great grandfathers in shops that bear witness
to times gone by. In Ras Beirut, we can come across unforgettable
characters and unexpected stories that make our neighborhood a very
Love Thy Neighbor is a popular phrase that still reverberates in the
alleyways of Ras Beirut despite its rapid urbanization and ongoing
gentrification. You will always find people who will receive you with
a smile and go out of their way to help you. Ahlan wa sahlan!
The list in this booklet, with the online map, is our way to help you
navigate the neighborhood, get to know its hidden gems, and discover
its beautiful heritage.
Mona El Hallak, AUB Neighborhood initiative
Updated August 2017
Click here for the full list.
Click here for the map.