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Overview of Rabieh
Overview of Rabieh
Map showing the location of Rabieh (الرابية) within Lebanon
Map showing the location of Rabieh (الرابية) within Lebanon
Location within Lebanon
Coordinates: 33°55′12″N 35°36′8.6″E / 33.92000°N 35.602389°E / 33.92000; 35.602389Coordinates: 33°55′12″N 35°36′8.6″E / 33.92000°N 35.602389°E / 33.92000; 35.602389
Country  Lebanon
Governorate Mount Lebanon Governorate
District Matn District
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Dialing code +961

Rabieh (Arabic: الرابية‎‎) is a upscale suburban area on the northern edge of Greater Beirut, Lebanon, about 20 minutes driving distance from Beirut. Founded by Shukri Hanna Shammas, it is located in the foothills of Mount Lebanon, on the road to Bikfaya. Rabieh saw its population increase sharply in the late 1980s, following the Lebanese civil war. Most of Rabieh's inhabitants are Christians, and it is considered one of the most expensive places to live in Lebanon; many magnificent villas have been built all over the hillside. Rabieh is also famous for its biodiversity and ecological richness. Rabieh is as well the home of many prominent Lebanese personalities and politicians.

It's divided into three sectors: Rabieh 1 and Rabieh 2 where the big villas are situated, going from "rue 1" (1st street ) till "rue 25" (25th street ) Rabieh 3 where buildings are allowed to be up to four storeys tall, going from "rue 26" till "rue 35" (26th street => 35th street ).

Rabieh has a geo-strategic location, it is only 15 to 20 minutes away from the vibrant capital Beirut, and is a minute's drive from the Bikfaya highway. A 45 minutes drive from Rabieh is the famed Faraya-Mzaar ski resort.

Despite its proximity to the capital, Rabieh's population density is relatively low. It is situated at 200–300 m above sea level.


Most of Rabieh's inhabitants are Christians.

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