Dbayeh Camp

The Dbayeh camp is 12km east of Beirut on a hill overlooking the Beirut-Tripoli highway.

Women in garden

It was established in 1956 to accommodate Palestine refugees who originally came from the Galilee in northern Palestine.

Because of its strategic location, the camp suffered a great deal of violence and destruction during the civil war. In 1990 alone, a quarter of its shelters were destroyed or severely damaged and over 100 of its principally Christian Palestine refugee families were displaced. It is the only remaining Palestinian refugee camp in the eastern suburbs of Beirut.

Residents live in severe economic hardship and many are unemployed. A few men find work as casual labourers and some young men work in shops or as cleaners. The camp’s infrastructure is currently undergoing comprehensive rehabilitation.

  • More than 4,351 registered refugees
  • One school
  • One health centre
  • Demographic profile:
    Graph of Dbayeh's demographic profile
Programmes in the camp
  • Health
  • Education
  • Social safety-net
  • Relief and social services
  • Disability
Major problems
  • High unemployment


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.
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