AGBU FOCUS is a culturally and socially enriching weekend event set in a cosmopolitan city
and designed for young Armenian professionals from around the world.
have been united since
the launch of FOCUS
played host to FOCUS
Raised in donations for
Various AGBU programs
- DAY EVENT For those who want to add on to the traditional events, the FOCUS team has added on a day of sightseeing and fun. Date: August 02...
- PERSPECTIVES Join in on a lively discussion and reception that unites global Armenians in one room as they exchange viewpoints and experiences and broaden their networks. Date: August...
- CONFERENCE AGBU will host an interactive conference with Young Professionals and emerging leaders with a 'focus' on advancing a nation of Global Armenian-ship. How do we contribute? Date:...
- Club Night Beirut is known for its nightlife… Dance the night away at one of the city's hottest spots. Date: August 04 Prev Next...
- FOCUS ON ART Enjoy an enriching afternoon showcasing Armenian talent as well as the culture of the host city. Date: August 05 Prev Next...
- GALA A glamourous evening unfolds with dinner and dancing at an upscale venue. Premium open bar. Black tie optional. Date: August 05 Prev Next...
- BRUNCH Bid farewell to the wonderful people you met over the weekend at an elegant brunch as you exchange numbers, stories and memories. Date: August 06 Prev...
There are 2 phone companies in Lebanon: Alfa and MTC touch. If you want to purchase their SIM card, you must first register your mobile device to be able to access either of the 2 data networks.
Located about 5 miles south from the center of the city, the Beirut-Rafic Hariri International Airport is accessible from highway 51, Hafez El Asad. The hotel is a 20-minute drive at 10 kilometers away
A list of fully licensed taxi companies will be provided prior to the AGBU FOCUS weekend in order to ensure that vehicles meet specific safety requirements –
If you will be using your smart phone, you can download the Uber app and check upfront fares before you book a ride.
The hotel's main entrance is located on the waterfront and can be accessed via BCD Mir Majid Arsalan.
Passports and travel visas are required. Please make sure your passport is not expired! U.S. citizens can obtain a one-month visa on arrival at the Airport or other port of entry.
What is the purpose of AGBU FOCUS?
One of the goals of FOCUS is to develop a new international network of alumni, Young Professionals (YPs), and friends of AGBU between the ages of 21-40, that reflects the diverse nature of the Armenian community. The weekend is also designed to pay tribute to and create awareness of AGBU's numerous youth programs and its investment in young Armenians across the globe.
How many people usually attend AGBU FOCUS?
Since its premiere event in 2001, FOCUS has become a highly-anticipated event drawing between 400
and 600 attendees in each city. FOCUS tends to sell out a month before the weekend.
Do I have to attend
all events in order to
No, although we do encourage our guests to attend all planned activities to revel in the entire experience.
For what age group is this weekend the most appropriate?
As the weekend is aimed to encourage networking among young professionals, participants must be 21 and over to attend.
When should I expect to arrive and leave Beirut?
We have scheduled events from Wednesday, August 2 until the afternoon of Sunday, August 6. We encourage you to review our TRAVEL page for further information on visas, travel, etc.
Can I explore Beirut on my own?
You are certainly free to explore the city but we strongly encourage you to stick to the itinerary and
stay with the AGBU FOCUS group.
English, Arabic, French
EEST - 8 hours (EET until March 26, 2017 due to Daylight Savings Time)
Lebanese Pound. Most merchants in Lebanon accept the U.S. dollar in place of the Lebanese pound and honor the fixed 1 USD = 1,500 LBP exchange rate and the ATMs in Beirut give out cash in dollars or pounds.
I live abroad. Can I attend?
Absolutely. We encourage our international friends to attend FOCUS and bring with them their unique international outlook and perspective! Please be sure to arrange any necessary travel VISAs and paperwork.
Is there a dress code for any of the events?
Perspectives: Cocktail Chic
Day Event: Comfortable
Conference: Business Casual
Club Night: Dressy Casual
Gala: Formal Attire
All other events call for casual comfort!
Is this weekend a fundraiser?
While the weekend itself is not a fundraiser, AGBU FOCUS launches a large-scale fundraising effort prior to the weekend of activities in honoring and promoting a specific AGBU program during each biennial event.
Is this event a reunion for AGBU Youth Programs?
No. While we certainly encourage past participants of all AGBU programs and AGBU school alumni to get in touch with old friends and make plans to meet at FOCUS, this event is not a reunion and we welcome all young Armenians from around the world.
How do I get involved in organizing the event?
Thanks for your enthusiasm! If you are interested in helping with the organization of FOCUS events or promoting in your area, we would love to have your support. Please contact the AGBU YP Lebanon Chair, Natacha Keuchguerian at firstname.lastname@example.org with subject line, “Volunteer Interest.”
How can I help fundraise for the cause?
We are grateful for the support of our global network of fundraisers and would be pleased to work with you on organizing a fundraising event in your community. You can pledge your birthday, host a party, or dedicate a run/walk. Please email Karen Papazian at email@example.com to explore ways we can make a difference together.
Who can I contact for more information?
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 212-319-6383 to speak with Gloria Sanders, AGBU Special Events Manager.