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Phone Access

There are 2 phone companies in Lebanon: Alfa and MTC touch. You can purchase their SIM card to access either of the 2 data networks. You will activate your phone by replacing it with the one in your phone. Make sure not to lose your original SIM card!

If you will be roaming on your own SIM card, there is no need to register your phone. Please call your service provider to purchase appropriate data plans prior to your travel.

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Phone Access

Private security will be present throughout various events and activities. For further details, please refer to our FAQ's.

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Travel VISAs

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. Visas from the following countries are required: Brunei, Seychelles, Taiwan, Uruguay, and Vatican City. Palestinian and Israeli citizens or any other person who holds any passport bearing stamps, visas, or seals issued by Israel will likely be denied entry to the Republic of Lebanon and may be subject to arrest or detention for further inspection. People who have recently been to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone are refused entry due to Ebola virus epidemic in West Africa. Please see the visa requirements from the Lebanese General Directorate of General Security:
http://www.general-security.gov.lb/en/posts/37 and/or http://general-security.gov.lb/en/posts/38

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airport

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. Upon your arrival at the airport, a Four Seasons-appointed airport greeter will be present to assist you and escort you to the car. The Four Seasons desk is located just outside the airport's sliding doors once you have passed general security. You can contact the Four Seasons-appointed airport greeters at 961 70 008823. *We recognize that travel can be unpredictable. AGBU is not responsible for any cancelations and strongly encourages travel insurance.

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car

The hotel's main entrance is located on the waterfront and can be accessed via BCD Mir Majid Arsalan. Limousine and car rentals can be arranged in advance through the Concierge and valet parking is offered 24 hours a day and is chargeable.

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taxi

You may contact Kurban Travel at focus@kurbantravel.com to arrange meet & greet transportation to/from the airport for a discounted price.

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uber

If you will be using your smart phone, you can download the Uber app and check upfront fares before you book a ride. Payment is completely cashless and is done though the app when you sign up for an account and input your credit card information.

About

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.

3,000

Young Armenians

have been united since
the launch of FOCUS

7

Cosmopolitan Cities

played host to FOCUS
since 2001

430,000

Dollars

Raised in donations for
Various AGBU programs

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Events

  • Tour and Taste
    Tour and Taste FULL DAY Take advantage a day before FOCUS and enjoy this special excursion: enjoy boat ride inside the Jeita Grottoes, a Lebanon natural miracle made...
  • Perspectives
    Perspectives Our traditional kick-off event features a lively discussion and reception uniting global Armenians for a meaningful exchange of viewpoints and an opportunity to broaden personal and professional...
  • Conference
    Conference New to the AGBU FOCUS weekend is an interactive conference with emerging leaders and engaged Young Professionals with a view to 'focus' on advancing the Global Armenian...
  • Club Night
    Club Night Beirut is known for its nightlife… This former underground bunker transforms into an open-air club where you will dance the night away under a starry sky!...
  • FOCUS on Art
    FOCUS on Art Enjoy an enriching afternoon of art, including paintings by the famous Lebanese-Armenian painter Paul Guiragossian in a one of Beirut’s most famous and intricately designed...
  • Gala
    Gala A glamorous evening of dinner and dancing unfolds at one of Lebanon’s enchanting venues nestled on the bank of the ancient Lycus River. It was a place...
  • Brunch
    Brunch Bid farewell to the wonderful network of people you met at an elegant brunch on the shore of the Mediterranean Sea. Buy Tickets...

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Travel

travel visas

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.

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airport

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

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taxi

Natacha to send list of fully licensed taxi company name, ensuring that vehicles meet specific safety requirements –

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uber

If you will be using your smart phone, you can download the Uber app and check upfront fares before you book a ride.

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car

The hotel's main entrance is located on the waterfront and can be accessed via BCD Mir Majid Arsalan.

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phoneaccess

There are 2 phone companies in Lebanon: Alfa and MTC touch. You can purchase their SIM card to access either of the 2 data networks. You will activate your phone by replacing it with the one in your phone.

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security

Private security will be present throughout various events and activities. For further
details, please refer to our FAQ's.

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FAQs

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What is the purpose of AGBU FOCUS?

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AGBU FOCUS is a diverse weekend of events organized by a new generation of dynamic young professionals eager to showcase their city. In addition to bringing together vibrant Armenians from around the world to CONNECT AND share their perspectives, the weekend is also designed to pay tribute to an AGBU project that has had a meaningful impact on Armenian youth today.

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How many people usually attend AGBU FOCUS?

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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.

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Do I have to attend
all events in order to
participate in
AGBU FOCUS?

A

No, although we do encourage our guests to attend all planned activities to revel in the entire experience.

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For what age group is this weekend the most appropriate?

A

As the weekend is aimed to encourage networking among young professionals, participants must be 21 and over to attend.

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When should I expect to arrive and leave Beirut?

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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.

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Can I explore Beirut on my own?

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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.

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I live abroad. Can I attend?

A

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.

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Is there a dress code for any of the events?

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Perspectives: Cocktail Chic
Day Event: Comfortable
Conference: Business Casual
Club Night: Dressy Casual
Gala: Formal Attire
All other events call for casual comfort!

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Is this weekend a fundraiser?

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While the weekend itself is not a fundraiser, AGBU FOCUS launches a large-scale fundraising effort prior to the weekend to promote and support a specific AGBU youth program. This year’s fundraising campaign will raise critical funds for the AGBU Scholarship Program. For more information on this project and how you can support, click here

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Is this event a reunion for AGBU Youth Programs?

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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.

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How do I get involved in organizing the event?

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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 focus@agbu.org with subject line, “Volunteer Interest.”

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How can I help fundraise for the cause?

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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 kpapazian@agbu.org to explore ways we can make a difference together.

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Who can I contact for more information?

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Please email focus@agbu.org or call 212-319-6383 to speak with Gloria Sanders, AGBU Special Events Manager.

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Should I be worried about security?

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Your security is of utmost importance to us. To ensure that everyone feels safe, we will be providing private security on the bus rides to events where transportation is provided, as well as during various activities and events throughout the trip.