UAE philanthropist honored by Arab American Institute and Foundation

Posted by Embassy of the United Arab Emirates on April 22, 2010 in News Clips

WASHINGTON, DC (22 April 2010) — UAE Ambassador to the US Yousef Al Otaiba recently attended the Arab American Institute and Foundation’s (AAIF) 2010 gala, where he accepted the Kahlil Gibran “Spirit of Humanity” Award for International Commitment on behalf of UAE philanthropist and businessman Juma Al Majid.

AAIF chose Mr. Al Majid as its 2010 honoree because of his exemplary dedication of financial, humanitarian, and academic resources in order to preserve the unique culture and heritage of the United Arab Emirates. Notably, in 1991, Mr. Al Majid established the Juma Al Majid...

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UN AMBASSADOR SAYS PALESTINIAN STATE IS A US NATIONAL INTEREST

Posted by Watan on April 22, 2010 in News Clips

US Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice delivered rousing remarks at the Arab American Institute’s Kahlil Gibran Awards Gala in Washington, DC . Her address was both an emphatic restatement of US policy in the Middle East and a genuine human approach to a conflict-riddled corner of the world.

After congratulating the honorees and thanking AAI president James Zogby, Rice emphasized the American belief in equality.

“Today, we seek a world rooted in a truth that we hold to be self-evident: that all people are indeed created equal,” Rice said “—of equal worth, of...

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Ambassador Susan Rice to Address Arab Americans at Kahlil Gibran Awards

Posted on April 19, 2010 in Press Releases

Chicago Mayor Richard Daley and others to be honored

Ambassador Susan Rice, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, will join members of Congress, foreign dignitaries and other distinguished guests in honoring awardees at this year’s Kahlil Gibran “Spirit of Humanity” Awards Gala in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, April 21, 2010.

Marking the Arab American Institute’s (AAI) 25th Anniversary, this year’s awards gala honors four individuals and one corporation for their work promoting inclusion, cultural understanding and cooperation across ethnic, racial and religious lines:

Chicago Mayor Richard Daley will receive the award for Individual Achievement...

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2010 Awardee Profiles

Posted on April 05, 2010 in Arab American Institute

Hon. Richard M. Daley Award for Individual Achievement Mayor Richard Daley of Chicago is being recognized for his leadership role in promoting Sister City relationships in the Arab world. In 2008, he convened the first ever U.S. Arab Cities Forum along with Chicago Sister Cities International. The conference brought together nearly 50 mayors and municipal leaders from a variety of Arab nations to discuss issues related to education, economic development, and the environment. The Mayor was a featured speaker at the second convening in Amman, Jordan in 2009 and continues to encourage strong sister city ties between Chicago and...

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Farouk Shami: First Palestinian American to Run for Texas Governor

Posted by on February 18, 2010 in Blog

As the first Palestinian American to run for governor in Texas, Farouk Shami embodies the classic “American Dream.” Since coming to the U.S. as a student from Ramallah forty-five years ago, Shami has worked his way to the forefront of the business world and is the Founder and Chairman of Farouk Systems, Inc. Although his company has been incredibly successful throughout the world, known for the innovative and extremely popular BioSilk and CHI products, he is now venturing from his role as a businessman into politics. Shami has entered the political scene with a desire to bring economic revival...

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AbiNader, Baadani talk to Army EEO advisors

Posted by on January 21, 2010 in News Clips

On Monday December 14, 2009, Jean AbiNader, AAI board member and COO of the Moroccan Center, and Jamal Baadani, founder of the Association of Patriotic Arab Americans in Military, presented to over 100 U.S. Army Equal Opportunity Advisors studying at the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute (DEOMI). The presentation at Patrick Air Force Base, Fla. afforded a timely opportunity to explore issues unique to Arab and Muslim American soldiers in the field.

“As an AAI member, it is really important to me to continue educating people, especially those who can advocate for our community,...

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The Arab Americans

Posted on January 12, 2010 in Arab American Institute

There are about 3.5 million Arab Americans, and as a community, we’ve been demonstrating loyalty, inventiveness, and courage on behalf of the United States for over 100 years. Here are just a few of the famous and accomplished ones – people you may know!

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2009 Kahlil Gibran Gala

Posted on December 22, 2009 in Arab American Institute

On Thursday, April 23rd, 2009, more than 700 guests from across the U.S. and the globe descended on Washington, D.C. for the 11th annual Kahlil Gibran “Spirit of Humanity” Awards gala hosted by the Arab American Institute Foundation (AAIF). The black tie affair began with opening remarks from Assistant to the President Valerie Jarrett. The awards ceremony honors individuals and organizations that toil – often unnoticed – to address some of the world’s most pressing humanitarian problems. This year’s program was launched by the gracious appearance and remarks of Her Majesty Queen Noor al-Hussein.

AAIF presented Kahlil Gibran...

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Arab Americans

Posted on December 11, 2009 in Arab American Institute

We are a diverse community of immigrants and the descendants of immigrants, three and one-half million strong, who have come from throughout the Arab world. We are Syrians, Lebanese, Egyptians, Palestinians, Iraqis, Jordanians, and Yemenis – from North Africa to Southwest Asia. We are Christians and Muslims.

Arab Americans’ history illustrates how the immigrant experience has shaped the United States. We are part of the American success story, showing what can be achieved when an ethnic constituency becomes fully engaged in the political and economic life of this country.

Since the first wave of immigrants arrived here more than century...

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Fayrouz Saad: Special Assistant, Office of Director for CRCL at DHS

Posted by on December 02, 2009 in Blog
Arab American community activist and public servant Fayrouz Saad is moving on from her position as Civic Engagement Coordinator at the Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services (ACCESS) and the National Network for Arab American Communities (NNAAC), to assume the position of Special Assistant in the Office of the Director for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties at the Department of Homeland Security.
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