Hamra, Beirut

Hamra (Arabic: الحمرا‎) is a neighborhood (sector 34) in Beirut (quarter Ras Beirut), Lebanon. The center of the neighborhood, Hamra Street, is one of Beirut's major commercial districts, and is known for its fashion stores, as well as many restaurants, cafes, bars and hotels. The area is known for having a lively nightlife.


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Hamra is located in Lebanon
Location in Lebanon
Coordinates: Coordinates: 33°54′N 35°29′E / 33.900°N 35.483°E / 33.900; 35.483
Country Lebanon
GovernorateBeirut Governorate
DistrictBeirut District
 • MunicipalityBeirut Municipality
Highest elevation
50 m (160 ft)
Lowest elevation
25 m (82 ft)
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)
Dialing code+961

The American University of Beirut and Lebanese American University are notably in the neighborhood.

Hamra Street used to be one of the main places where Arab poets, writers, thinkers, and philosophers used to meet and gather. Many ruins of the Lebanese Civil War remains obvious on the buildings and the walls. In addition, a graffito of the popular singer icon Sabah is painted on the entrance of Hamra.