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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 can do this at the airport and will see signs. You will then purchase the SIM card and activate it 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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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

Natacha to send list of fully licensed taxi company name, ensuring that vehicles meet specific safety requirements – and that passengers are guaranteed fair and consistent rates.

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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

read more

Events

  • Tour and Taste
    Tour and Taste For those who want to add on to the traditional events, the FOCUS team has added on a day of sightseeing and fun. Full Day...
  • Perspectives
    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. Venue: AGBU...
  • Conference
    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? Venue:...
  • Club Night
    Club Night Beirut is known for its nightlife… Dance the night away at one of the city's hottest spots. Venue: BO 18 - Dora, Lebanon Date: August 04...
  • FOCUS on Art
    FOCUS on Art Enjoy an enriching afternoon showcasing Armenian talent as well as the culture of the host city. Venue: Sursock Museum - Ashrafieh, Lebanon Date: August 05...
  • Gala
    Gala A glamourous evening unfolds with dinner and dancing at an upscale venue. Premium open bar. Black tie optional. Venue: The Legend – Nahr El Kaleb, Lebanon Date:...
  • Brunch
    Brunch Bid farewell to the wonderful people you met over the weekend at an elegant brunch as you exchange numbers, stories, and memories. Venue: Kahwet Beirut – Beil...

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.

more
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

more

read more

taxi

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

more
uber

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

more
car

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

more
phoneaccess

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.

more

FAQs

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What is the purpose of AGBU FOCUS?

A

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?

A

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.

Q

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.

Q

When should I expect to arrive and leave Beirut?

A

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.

Beirut tips

Home to a culturally diverse population of over 4 million, Beirut is both Lebanon’s capital and its largest city and seaport. Set on a peninsula jutting into the Mediterranean Sea, its central position on Lebanon’s coast makes Beirut an excellent base for exploring the country. Beirut’s lively nightlife and cosmopolitan sophistication are significant attractions of this picturesque seaside town.
Language

English, Arabic, French

Time Zone

EEST - 8 hours (EET until March 26, 2017 due to Daylight Savings Time)

Area Code

+961

Voltage

220 volts

Currency

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.

Contact

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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?

A

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 raised 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?

A

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.