Who We Are

The Lebanese Arabic Institute was founded in 2016 in Beirut, Lebanon by Samar Awada and Brian Dobell in order to meet a growing demand for high quality Arabic instruction among non-native speakers. Although new on the scene in its present form, the Institute with its program in Lebanese Arabic is the product of Samar’s 15+ years of experience in teaching Arabic. In the summer of 2016, the Institute began offering group classes in Lebanese Arabic at its new location in the Clemenceau neighbourhood of Beirut.

Samar Awada

Samar is Lead Instructor at the Institute, and has been teaching Arabic to non-native speakers since 2001. She is known for her clear and systematic teaching, as well as her flexibility and responsiveness to the needs of her students. Samar also works in translation (English-Arabic and Arabic-English), and has a B.A. in Translation and Interpretation from the Lebanese International University.

Brian DobellBrian standing on a sidewalk next to an ivy-covered wall

Brian is Program Administrator at the Institute. A Canadian national who has lived and worked in Lebanon for the better part of a decade, he holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Toronto. He has also studied Arabic in Lebanon and Syria.

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