Provide a meeting place at the heart of Beirut for people from all walks of life to get together.

History:

Saifi Urban Gardens (SUG) was established in April 2010 when renovations on the Keyrouz Building (built: 1831) and the Doctor Semaan Building (built: 1943) began. Inspiration for SUG came from the location itself, ed on the former waterfront of Beirut’s East Side, as well as the students of the Saifi Institute for Arabic Language (est: 2008) who always had such a difficult time establishing themselves in Beirut and finding an affordable place to stay.

Working with what we had, in terms of the buildings - their rooms, stones, doors, windows and typically Lebanese architecture - and in financial terms, we cleaned and renovated, keeping what we could and adding where it was needed. The result is a colorful oasis in the heart of Beirut’s historic Gemayze district, tucked away between a gas station and a bus station.

SUG continues to change and grow like the beautiful gardens surrounding it. Come experience another side of Beirut

Open: 365 days a year, 20 hours a day (8am-4am)