Dbayeh Camp

Dbayeh camp, located 12 km north of Beirut, was established in 1956 on a hill overlooking the Beirut-Tripoli highway.

It was originally established on a 61,450 sq m plot of land; in 1963, an additional 222,850 sq m were added. Both plots were rented by UNRWA from the monastery of Deir Mar Yussef, which overlooks the camp. Many of the camp’s residents came from the villages of Bassa and Kafr Berem in Palestine.

The ongoing Syria crisis has also led to the additional presence of Syrian refugees and Palestine Refugees from Syria (PRS) in the camp.

Last updated July 2023.

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We provide services in 12 Palestine refugee camps in Lebanon. UNRWA does not administer or police the camps, as this is the responsibility of the host authorities.

Quick Facts

Refugees in camps

  • There are 4,591 UNRWA registered persons in Dbayeh camp *

*This figure does not claim to represent the actual number present in the country as, for example, Palestine refugees may have left over the years and UNRWA does not track the habitual movement of refugees out of its fields of operation.

Official camps

  • Dbayeh camp was established in 1952 on a hill overlooking the Beirut-Tripoli highway.
  • It was originally established on 61,450 sq m of land. Another 22,850 sq m were added in 1963.
Unrwa In Dbayeh Camp


  • UNRWA ran the Carmel School in Burj Hammoud to service students from Dbayeh camp until 2013, when the school was closed due to low enrolment.
  • There is currently no UNRWA school serving Dbayeh camp.

Social Safety Net Beneficiaries

  • A core focus for social protection is providing Social Safety Net (SSN) support to the most vulnerable Palestine Refugees. Assistance is issued quarterly to more than 64 families (147 individuals) in the camp.