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
- 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 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 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 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 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 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 Bid farewell to the wonderful network of people you met at an elegant brunch on the shore of the Mediterranean Sea. Venue: Beirut Waterfront, Biel Downtown ...
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.
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
Natacha to send list of fully licensed taxi company name, ensuring 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.
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.
Private security will be present throughout various events and activities. For further
details, please refer to our FAQ's.
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.
What is the purpose of AGBU FOCUS?
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.
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.
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 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
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.
Should I be worried about security?
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.