Dbayeh Camp

Dbayeh camp, located 12 km north of Beirut, was established in 1952 on a hill overlooking the Beirut-Tripoli highway.

Women in garden

It was originally established on a 61,450 sq m plot of land; in 1963, an additional 22,850 sq m were added. The land was 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 an influx of Syrian refugees and Palestinian Refugees from Syria (PRS) in the camp.


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.

RSS staff

  • A core focus for social protection is providing Social Safety Net (SSN) support to abject-poor Palestine refugees to ensure that they are better able to meet their basic food needs.
  • Assistance is issued quarterly to more than 70 SSN families through e-cards at the rate of US$ 120 per person per year.