Founded in 1986 by eminent professional and social personalities as a non-political and non-for-profit association, the mission of ADG is to contribute to the economic and cultural development of the old and authentic Gemmayzeh district of Beirut. Its activities involve:

  • The promotion of urban improvement and face-lifting projects in Gemmayzeh
  • The co-management of the urban development project conducted and financed by the cities of Saint Etienne (France) and Beirut
  • The lobbying for the preservation of the Gemmayzeh architectural and cultural character
  • The organization of art exhibitions
  • Conferences and concerts, including the Fête de la Musique on June 20-21
  • The annual art festival (« The Stairs of The Arts ») on the St Nicolas stairs
  • Social and caritative initiatives and events in favor of the old and needy inhabitants.