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KARANTINA & MAR MIKHAEL
Achrafieh is one of the largest parts of East Beirut, situated on a hill, hence the name in Arabic which refers to its elevated geography. The area is divided into smaller neighborhoods, which include Tabaris, Furn el Hayek, Sassine, Sodeco, Monot, Abdel Wahab, Geatawi, and Fassouh.
Karantina is a semi-industrial northeastern neighborhood located next of the port of Beirut, and separated from Mar Mikhael with the Charles Helou highway. The name comes from the word quarantine, as it was a location for travelers who arrived at the Port. The area was also home to many refugees and settlers throughout history. However, it is mostly known for its unique nightclub designed to look as a bomb shelter, BO18. An increasing number of art galleries have opened in the area, two of which are BDW participants from the very beginning. Mar Mikhael is currently the hippest area of Beirut, home to the trendiest bars, restaurants and cafés. The area used to be filled with car garages and craftsmen, and now houses many furniture and product designers. Every year, BDW spends its Fridays there.
HAMRA & VERDUN
BOURJ HAMMOUD & JISR EL WATI
Hamra is one of the busiest parts of West Beirut. It is considered one of the main economic and diplomatic hubs of Beirut as well as home to two of Lebanon’s oldest universities: the American University of Beirut and the Lebanese American University. The area is filled with bars, cafés, restaurants, hotels, and shops as well as offices and residential buildings. Verdun, named in honor of the Battle of Verdun during World War I, is another commercial center south of Hamra.
Bourj Hammoud is one of the most densely populated areas of northeast Beirut. It is home to many Armenians as well as the craftsmen communities. From leather works to metal and wood workshops , the tiny narrow streets and filled with little ateliers working away like a giant factory. The commercial centers are found on Arax Street, and the street of spices is Maraash Street. Every year, a tour of the neighborhood is organized during Beirut Design Week to discover Bourj Hammoud’s hidden gems.
E T U L U R E
An overview of more than 160 events that took place during BDW15.