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BEIRUT ARAB UNIVERSITY MUSEUM


The museum includes around 200 rare books and manuscripts. This collection addresses civilizations that have existed in the world throughout history especially: The Egyptian-Pharaonic Civilization, the Assyrian Civilization, the Phoenician Civilization, the Byzantine Civilization, the Persian Civilization, the Roman Civilization, the Babylonian Civilization, the Aramaic Civilization and the Arab and Islamic Civilization then the Ottoman Civilization…


This rare collection refers back to the eighth century AD, the eleventh century AD till the sixteenth, seventeenth, eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Some of them are unique copies that are not available anywhere around the world.

The Egyptian Pharaonic Civilization

(It started around 3150 BC, and then developed over the next three millennia.)

- “Description of Egypt” collection that includes 24 volumes. It is one of the original copies in the world. It discusses the social, economic and agricultural life in Egypt in addition to the Egyptians temples and tombs. They are masterpieces of Egyptian inscriptions that were published in the times of Napoleon Bonaparte conquests between 1798 and 1799.

The Phoenician Civilization

(It spread across the Mediterranean between 1500 BC and 300 BC)

- It is a collection of rare books under the title “Corpus” which includes 24 volumes. It describes the Phoenician, Aramaic, Semitic and Hebrew inscriptions, in addition to highlighting the Phoenician personalities. It refers back to the eighteenth century.

Persian Civilization

(It extended between 530 BC and 600 BC)

- A manuscript by Muhammad Kafafi that consists of poems in the Persian language by the poet "Jalal al-Din Rumi".

Roman Civilization

(It started in 275 BC). It is one of the most important European civilizations: "Baalbek Ergebnisse der Ausgrabungen" collection which provides a description of the archeological remains of the City of Baalbek in the Roman era, the columns of Baalbek, temples and tombs.

The Arab and Islamic civilization

  • The Arab and Islamic civilization: (It extended from the middle of the eighth century till the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries AD)

  • A rare book in two volumes that deals with the "Alhambra" in Granada, which was built in 1238. It refers to the nobility of Islamic architecture and design, Islamic engravings, in addition to hundreds of drawings, written in Kufic script.

  • “The Muslim Architecture of Egypt” collection which refers back to the eighth and eleventh centuries that are the Fatimid, Mamluk and Ayyubid periods and the Islamic architecture in Egypt in addition to mosques and tombs in Aswan.

  • A rare book that talks about the "Sultan Hassan Mosque" in Cairo, which refers to the nobility and history of mosque architecture in Egypt. It was built in 1356 during the reign of the Mamluks

The Ottoman Civilization

(Islamic Empire that lasted nearly 800 years (1299 AD – 1923 AD)

- "Beirut Velayati" consists of two volumes that refer to the geographical borders of the Ottoman Empire (Lebanon - Palestine - Syria) in the eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth centuries. It also refers to monuments, religions and sects.

The Research Center for Environment and Development at Beirut Arab University, in cooperation with the Alumni Association (Bekaa Branch), organized, at the BAU Bekaa Site, an exhibition for academic advising by the Association of Universities in Lebanon.


The exhibition was visited by over 800 secondary-school students at the schools of the Middle and Western Bekaa areas. They were advised on how to select a field of specialization and were provided with the necessary information on available academic programs, their regulations and the enrolment procedures at these faculties.

The information was provided by representatives of the participating universities, including: AUB, St. Joseph University, LAU, Middle East University, Haigazian University, Sacre Coeur University, Notre Dame University, the Balamand University, Antonine Fathers University, the Islamic University, as well as BAU.

The Exhibition was sponsored by BLOM Shabeb, which is a program that provides orientation & scholarships to secondary school students pursuing university degree in Lebanon.


Beirut, with its blue sky, its Sea Pavement and the tales of its people, is the theme of the collection of vivid paintings that reflect the daily life of a lively city in the Daad Abi Saab’s “Tales and Heritage” exhibition hosted at Beirut Arab University on Thursday the 14th of March, 2012 at al Moltaqa Forum at Beirut Site. The paintings represent a profusion of colors that herald spring, and are rich in the aesthetics of Beirut, redolent with the nostalgia and heritage of the city overlooking the wide blue sea and horizon.

The paintings represent a Beirut City day on the Sea Pavement of Ein El Mreisseh, from sun-rise to sun-set, cast in a creative combination of expressionist, abstract and realist art. The paintings thus are a translation of the diversity that distinguishes Beirut, while focusing in depth on the human element.


The exhibition was inaugurated by Prof. Dr. Amr Galal El Adawi, President of BAU, Prof. Dr. Hanafy Holail, BAU Vice President for Academic Affairs, Mr. Issam Houri, BAU Secretary General, in addition to the Deans, staff-members, BAU directors and Mrs. Zina Ariss, Director of Public Relations Administration, as well as a large crowd of artists and art-lovers.


After the Lebanese and the BAU anthems were played, Prof. Dr. Amr El Adawi, President of BAU, gave a speech, praising the vivid colors in Daad Abi Saab’s paintings, indicating the importance of carefully reflecting on and enjoying these colors in the light of the current tense circumstances facing the society.


In her turn, Daad Abi Saab thanked the university for hosting the exhibition that aims at bringing the heritage and identity of Beirut into the limelight. These are seen as indicators of the demographic, urban and social diversity of Beirut in a way that translates the cosmopolitan diversity of the capital. 


After the ribbon-cutting ceremony, the attendees visited the exhibition, viewing the paintings of Daad Abi Saab who explained the artistic aspects of each painting.

The exhibition is open daily from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm, until 21st March 2013 at El Moltaqa, Beirut Site.


Under the Patronage of the President of Beirut Arab University Prof. Amr Galal El Adawi, a photography exhibition for the Egyptian Architect Prof. Abdel Fattah Mousally was organized under the title of “The Nile and its Banks”.


The exhibition which was held on the 11th of April 2013 at the “Al Moltaqa Forum”- Beirut Site  was attended in addition to BAU President, Dr. Hanafy Holail, BAU Vice President for Academic Affairs, Prof. Dr. Kamel Mahadin, Chief Commissioner of Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority,  Deans, staff-members, BAU directors and Mrs. Zina Ariss, Director of Public Relations Administration, as well as a large crowd of artists and art-lovers.


After the Lebanese and the BAU anthems were played Prof. El Adawi, gave a speech  praising the photographs of Prof. Mousally, indicating the importance of highlighting on the genuine Egyptian urban character surrounding the Nile from various angels, by which it is revealed in the photographs exhibited.


In his turn, the Architect Prof. Mousally thanked Beirut Arab University for the generous host for the second time . He stated that the photographs shown, express and highlight on the urban nature and the cultural identity, touched by nostalgia and an adherence to this historical heritage of the Nile River.


After the ribbon-cutting ceremony, the attendees visited the exhibition, viewing the Mousally’s photographs whom in his turn explained the artistic aspects of each photo.

The exhibition is open until Thursday, 18th April 2013, from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm.

  1. "A Scream" - An Exhibition by Haytham El Masri at BAU


The bright colors of the Arab Spring have vanished, to be replaced by a scream and by an ache that has become a characteristic of the Arab citizen's concerns, dreams and anxieties in the last couple of years. This scream was embodied in paintings, the colors of which seem to articulate the pain inscribed in the features, senses and faces of the Arabs.

The Artist Haytham El Masri has drawn 45 paintings inspired by the painful Arab reality, presenting them in an exhibition entitled "Scream". The exhibition was hosted by Beirut Arab University on the 8th of May, 2013, and was attended by Prof. Dr. Amr Galal El Adawi, President of BAU, Mr. Issam Houry, BAU Secretary General, Captain Charbel Noaime, Head of the Artists' Order in the North, the deans and directors of the University, Mrs. Zina Ariss, Director of Public Relations Administration , in addition to, as well as a crowd of artists and interested people.


The paintings embodied the screams of the Arabs and the features of pain that accompany the various stages of anger, rebellion, breaking the shackles of injustice and abuse, in such a way as to demonstrate a diary of the revolutions, in colors that seem to bustle with the arising voices of the revolutionaries all around the Arab World. 


After the Lebanese National Anthem and the BAU anthem were played, the President of BAU, Prof.  Dr. Amr Galal El Adawi spoke, hailing the aesthetics of El Masri's paintings, announcing the closure of the cultural season that had been rich in activities and events that supplemented the educational process at the University.


Captain Charbel Noaime, then, introduced El Masri in a moving speech, describing him as an artist with a brush that draws screams through colors and movements. He stressed the fact that the meanings, aspects of resistance, and liberation expressed in the paintings will soon be realized.


In his speech, Haytham El Masri declared that he was better able to express himself through art and painting, rather than through speech, allowing the guests to read his thoughts in the exhibited paintings.


As the new Lebanese Traffic Law is received with much objection, Beirut Arab University observed it but with a different way throughout a creative and artistic space revealed in “The Last Dance” Sculptures’ Exhibition by Yahya Serbey. The revenues of the exhibition will be dedicated to “Kun Hadi” Organization in an attempt to reduce the amount of Car Accidents on Lebanese Roads. The event took place at Beirut campus on the 23rd of April 2015, and was attended by Prof. Dr. Amr Galal El Adawi, President of BAU, Ms. Lena Gibran, President of “Kun Hadi” Organization, the deans of faculties, Mr. Issam Houri, BAU Secretary General, in addition to a crowd of students and interested people.

The exhibition included 38 sculptures representing aspects of pain and grief caused by the loss of the young in Lebanon because of Car Accidents. Hania Chediak, whose death inspired Serbey in a number of images of loss aimed at sending messages that raise awareness.


The event opened with the Lebanese National Anthem and the BAU Anthem, followed by a word by Nadine Koleilat, who described Serbey’s sculptures in their transparency and honesty as reflecting the bitterness of loss.


Serbey explained in his word the depth of the wound caused by the death of this young lady, and thanked Beirut Arab University and its President for organizing this exhibition which aims at paying tribute to this young lady, while raising the awareness of young men and women in Lebanon.


This was followed by a speech by Ms. Lena Gibran, President of “Kun Hadi”, in which she called upon all artists to invest their energy and art in raising the awareness of youth in Lebanon to the dangers of road accidents. She described the organization of such exhibitions as a better means to immortalize the victims of road accidents. Gibran also highlighted recent statistics, which state that over 700 persons die on the roads in Lebanon. She therefore welcomed the new traffic law.

Prof. Dr. Amr Galal El Adawi emphasized in his speech that this exhibition is different from all others, since it bears an artistic message and raises awareness of the dangers of road accidents. He expressed his happiness at the collaboration with “Kun Hadi”, which aims at putting an end to the “Last Dance” and replace it with life and continuity.

El Adawi also called upon university students and the Lebanese youth to uphold the new traffic law, since it greatly contributes to the reduction of Car Accidents and the subsequent pain and grief experienced by the families of the victims.

In the end, Serbey granted one of his sculptures to the University as an appreciation gesture  to which will be placed on campus in Beirut, to remind BAU students of the hazards of accidents.  

Abdel Halim Caracall, the Lebanese creative artist from the City of Sun and history Baalbek, was BAU’s honoured guest at the "Success Story" organized by the Public Relations Department for the seventh year in a row in the presence of HE President Hussein Al-Husseini, Consultant to Prime Minister Saad Hariri Dr. Ammar Houri, BAU President Professor Amr Galal El-Adawi, and a crowd of artists and media figures as well as the guest’s friends and family along with BAU family and students.


As with every year, this event is an opportunity to highlight the successes of distinguished personalities. This year, Abdel Halim Caracalla, who received many appreciation and culture medals, engaged the audience with his personal and artistic experiences in which he transcended himself starting with heritage, being the main land and source of giving in search of the content and its dimensions to create an artistic form that is compatible with the subject. For Caracalla, content is not affected by time, contrary to form that constantly alters with time and generations.


In his poetic introduction of Caracalla, Poet Talal Haidar described him as the life-time friend, for they both come from Baalbek where they harvested the heritage seasons and wandered the temples together. Caracalla was worried about a body attracted by the earth, so he used body language to write a language that can only be comprehended by a body that walks on the water.”


“Caracalla sat with his destiny and together they sketched his creative career in the musical dance theatre across half a century starting with pole-vaulting upwards to jump over all stages towards the impossible,” Haidar continued.


In the form of a TV dialogue, the event was held in Jamal Abdel Nasser Hall and moderated by Director of Public Relations Ms. Zina Ariss. In her welcoming speech, she presented Caracalla’s most successful works, pointing out that “he watered all theatres with his sweat and effort for Lebanon to shine bright in the world.”


“Talking about Caracalla is but like wearing a perfume of pride with which we arm ourselves to any artistic and cultural event, ostentatiously boasting of an ingenious Lebanese who catered to his theatre as does loyalty to good land, and stood on the stage of life as a distinguished Lebanese name and a flag that hovers with creativity,” Al-Ariss continued.


Caracalla in his talk started with his career as an athlete who was the Arab countries’ champion pole-vaulter, representing Lebanon in international games several times. Then, he studied the history and science of dance theatre at the Marta Graham School in London and modern dance in Dijon in France (Hahie Lemon School). His band’s first launch was in the stadium of the Temple of Jupiter in Baalbek.


Regarding his works of art, Caracalla made it clear that he is inspired by “heritage, Arab history and tales of the East, from a Bedouin roaming the desert, where innate music emanates from the feet of a camel or horse on the desert sands, where King Hussein, the late King of Jordan who was greatly influenced by Caracalla’s 'Black Tents' which talks about Bedouin life, took care of the band’s tours in Europe and America.”


“If you are an artist, no one but you can access your own self to explore creativity through your heritage, identity, and location. If art doesn’t resemble us, it is worthless. We must evoke an art that looks like us and introduce it to the whole world," Caracalla continued.


Concerning stardom, he maintained that “it is very important to convey our civilization to the world but in a contemporary form, a dialogue between the past and the present. We must explore history for themes that affect the world and contain humanitarian lessons, highlighting Lebanon’s bright image in the Arab civilization and in the course of knowledge.”


With respect to his family, Caracalla talked about how he developed the sense of land and heritage in his son and daughter, and how the family work together to create a dance show, with each playing key roles in the artistic team. His daughter Elissar takes charge of designing the dance and his son Ivan directs all of the elements into a theatrical format.


As for his ambition and future message, Caracalla pointed out that “I should not stop. I love to create all that is different and uncommon; ambition without knowledge has no value. The artist should have a humanitarian content in his creation and structure of the musical dance theatre. I want to transcend myself in every work and look for new horizons in themes, melodies and music distribution.”


The meeting concluded with President El-Adawi presenting BAU honorary shield to Caracalla as a token of gratitude and appreciation of his efforts and contribution.


Based on its objective to enrich campus life and provide students with multicultural experiences to develop their social and interpersonal skills, the Student Activities Department is holding a new competition, the Faculties Acting Competitionentitled “Once Upon a Time” on November 29th, 2017.


This competition requires each faculty to form a group of 5 students who must adopt ONEof the following classic tales and act THEIRtwisted version of the story in five minutes only.

  • Romeo and Juliet

  • Red Riding Hood

  • Hansel and Gretel

  • Snow White

  • Beauty and the Beast

  • Wizard of Oz

  • Cinderella

  • Sleeping Beauty

  • Aladdin

  • Titanic

Contestants will perform in front of an audience and a jury of three celebrities: Actress Ward EL Khal, Writer Claudia Marchelian and Producer Marwan Haddad.

The winning team will get the chance to perform in one of the jury members’ movies or series.

Indoor & Outdoor Sport Courts (Basketball, Volleyball, Handball, Tennis), Sport Halls (Ping Pong, Chess, Billiard), International Football Stadium, Gymnastic & Fitness Areas, Physical Education Hall, Judo & Thai Boxing Rooms, Badminton Stadiums, Martial Arts Room, Music & Dance Chambers, Theatre, Astronomical Observatory, Meeting Rooms for Environmental & Scouts Club, Archery Area & Green Fields.