Posted by Steven Stanek on April 22, 2010 in News Clips
Washington // A top Emirati businessman and philanthropist, Juma al Majid, was honoured yesterday with the prestigious Kahlil Gibran Spirit of Humanity award for his charitable work in the UAE and efforts to preserve Arab and Islamic culture.
Mr al Majid, who sits atop a large business conglomerate that includes the UAE distributor of the South Korean car brand Kia, received the “award for international commitment” for the work of the Juma al Majid Center for Culture and Heritage, a Dubai-based non-profit reference library and research institute that has collected and restored more than 400,000 Islamic...Read more Original Article
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...Read more Original Article
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...Read more Original Article
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...Read more
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...Read more
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...Read more
Posted on June 19, 2008 in Arab American Institute
800 guests from across the United States and the globe gathered on Wednesday, April 23 for the Arab American Institute Foundation’s (AAIF) 10th annual Kahlil Gibran “Spirit of Humanity” Awards gala in Washington, D.C. Attendees at the black-tie affair heard Palestinian National Authority President Mahmoud Abbas address the gala in person and saw organizations and individuals honored for their service and efforts to address problems that too often go overlooked.
AAIF presented Kahlil Gibran Awards to Refugees International (Award for International Commitment) and Reporters Without Borders (Award for Institutional Excellence). The Foundation also honored Congressman Ray LaHood of...Read more
Posted on June 02, 2008 in Arab American Institute
WASHINGTON – More than 800 diplomats, dignitaries and Arab Americans gathered in Washington, D.C. on May 3, 2006, for the Arab American Institute Foundation’s (AAIF) 8th annual Kahlil Gibran “Spirit of Humanity” Awards gala.
General Wesley Clark presented Former President of Poland Lech Walesa with the Award for Individual Achievement in recognition of his life-long efforts to bring freedom and democracy to his country.
“For his part, Walesa describes himself as a ‘Polish worker from the Gdansk shipyard.’ He was, of course, so much more,” said General Clark. “As a courageous fighter for freedom, he, together with Pope John Paul...Read more
Posted on June 02, 2008 in Arab American Institute
The Arab American Institute Foundation (AAIF) hosted a sold-out Kahlil Gibran “Spirit of Humanity” Awards gala on April 25 in Washington, D.C. Guests gathered at the ninth annual black tie dinner to pay tribute to individuals and organizations whose actions and deeds embody the words of Arab American poet and author Kahlil Gibran.
AAIF presented Gibran Awards to Search for Common Ground, Global Impact and Archbishop Emeritus of Washington Cardinal Theodore McCarrick. Teresa Isaac, the former mayor of Lexington, KY, received the fourth annual Najeeb Halaby Award for Public Service, presented each year to an Arab American who has excelled...Read more