Beirut Central District
At the heart of Lebanon’s capital, Beirut Central District (BCD) has a history thousands of years old, and a tradition of business, finance, learning, culture and leisure.
Devastated during the Lebanese Civil War, the district has been rebuilt by Solidere according to a master plan approved by the Lebanese Government in 1994.
Today, Beirut Central District hosts the Lebanese Parliament, the Lebanese Government headquarters, the Beirut Stock Exchange, the regional offices of the United Nations, International Labour Organization, UNESCO, the World Bank, as well as the headquarters of the ESCWA and the Union of Arab Banks.
Additionally, the neighborhood is home to a small galaxy of historical and cultural influences, from ancient ruins, historic mosques and churches to shops, cafes and restaurants. Several ancient tell exposures can be seen in the area, and layer upon layer of Beirut’s myriad sequential rulers across millennia of contiguous life in the city are also plainly in evidence. Few other places so small in geographic size can illustrate so much of human history with but an afternoon’s stroll and yet remain a thriving center of life today and for the future to come.