Dbayeh (Arabic: ضبية) is a town located on the Mediterranean sea in the Matn District, Mount Lebanon governorate, between Beirut, the capital of Lebanon, and Jounieh (a tourist port), almost all the population (18,000) is Christian excluding some Gulf Arab Muslims who reside in Dbayeh during the summer. (50m - 12 km from Beirut).
The "Dog River" cuts through
Dbayeh is very known for its tourist commercial buildings like: Hôtel Le Royal Dbayeh, Holiday Tower, Résidence de France, Burj Babel restaurant, Chopsticks restaurant, Golden Beach, ABC Dbayeh, Le Mall, Boutique Mall, Spinneys Mall and Gigieffe Superstore.
- St. Rita School
- Dbayeh Official School
The name Dbayeh originates from a Phoenician word meaning a female deer. Due to its location on the Mediterranean sea, Dbayeh historically has been a passage for various civilizations and cultures that have left their history engraved on the rocks of Zouk Khrab and Nahr el Kalb.
With the establishment of the Beirut water company in 1870 in Dbayeh, followed by the establishments of several coffee shops and houses located near the water canals of the company, the area started its development towards the modern day Dbayeh. These next houses, along the railway between Beirut and Maameltein has made Dbayeh a first class tourist center attracting visitors from Beirut, the mountains, and the surrounding areas to spend short vacations and relaxing weekends in Dbayeh.
The Beirut water company in Dbayeh was established around 1870 by a British-French-Belgian company to distribute fresh drinking water to Beirut. Dbayeh has benefited from the excess water to help speed up the further development of agriculture, construction, and tourism in the area and its surroundings. Tourism in the area cooled down during the recession of the second world war and almost disappeared with the construction of the main highway between Nahr el Mot- Nahr el Kalb which started in 1954.