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Arab America Foundation Announces Connect Arab America: Empowerment Summit--November 12-14, 2021

posted on: Aug 4, 2021

Arab America Foundation Announces Connect Arab America: Empowerment Summit--November 12-14, 2021

For Immediate Release

Washington DC (August 4, 2021):

Register now for this year’s second CONNECT Arab America: Empowerment Summit from November 12-14 in Dearborn, Michigan (November 14th is optional).

This historic in-person event connects and empowers Arab Americans across the country by engaging participants, performers, and exciting speakers in public service, business, influencers, and artists.

“We are excited to bring together Arab Americans from across the country to participate in this empowerment summit which will highlight the Arab American heritage and identity,” said Warren David, co-founder of the Arab America Foundation and president of Arab America. He went on to say, “Connect Arab America: Empowerment Summit will bring Arab Americans together with daily networking sessions where registrants will meet new people from various regions and professions; we need to come together because through unity there is strength.”

About the Arab America Foundation

The Arab America Foundation (AAF) is a non-profit (501c3) educational and cultural organization. The mission of AAF is to promote the Arab heritage, educate Americans about the Arab identity, and connect and empower Arab Americans with each other and with diverse organizations across the U.S.

Events Scheduled to Date:

FRIDAY Evening, November 12

3-6:00pm Registration and Information

5:30 pm
Ahlan Networking Reception and Buffet Dinner
Attend the opening reception of the CONNECT Arab America: Empowerment Summit. Meet new friends and indulge in a tantalizing buffet of Arab cuisine.

7:30 pm
Buses Depart to Ford Performing Arts Center

8:00 pm
National Arab Orchestra Concert
Join the National Arab Orchestra (NAO) as they perform LIVE at the Ford Performing Arts Center in Dearborn, MI for the first time since the pandemic began. The NAO is an internationally recognized arts organization that preserves and integrates Arab culture through music. The concert will feature the NAO Takht Ensemble as well as some of the country’s most talented artists.  Don’t miss a fantastic evening of great music and celebration that will be sure to make you feel alive with joy!

10:00 pm
Buses Leave Ford Performing Arts Center for Doubletree Hotel

SATURDAY Daytime, November 13

8-4:00 pm

Registration and Information

8:00 am
Man’oushe, Foul, and Qahwa Networking Breakfast 
Meet and get acquainted with summit attendees before the summit at this buffet breakfast and networking event.

9:30 am
CONNECT Arab America: Empowerment Summit
Featuring an exciting array of speakers in public service, business innovators, influencers, recognition, and exciting performances.

12:00 Noon
Sahtein Networking Lunch
Meet Arab American attendees from throughout the U.S.

1:30 pm
CONNECT Arab America Empowerment Summit
Featuring an exciting array of speakers in public service, business innovators, influencers, recognition, and exciting performances.

4:00 pm
Breakout Meeting: State Teams

5:00 pm 
Daytime Activities End

SATURDAY Evening, November 13

6:30 pm
Buses Leave Doubletree Hotel for Fairlane Banquet Center

7:00 pm
Al-Rabitah Gala and Hafla 
The event of the year! Celebrate your heritage at this formal event featuring authentic Arab cuisine, special recognition, Arab music, and dance in the heart of Arab America.

11:00 pm
Buses Leave Fairlane Banquet  Center for Doubletree Hotel

SUNDAY, November 14

Optional Community Bus Tour

9:00 am
Bus Leaves Doubletree Hotel

9:30 am
Breakfast at New Yasmeen Bakery
Enjoy good company and fresh-baked Arab delicacies at New Yasmeen Bakery in Dearborn.

11:00 am
Visit Henry Ford Museum
A national historic landmark with an unparalleled collection of artifacts from 300 years of American history, Henry Ford is a force for sparking curiosity and inspiring tomorrow’s innovators. Rosa Parks’ Bus, Kennedy’s Presidential Limousine, Thomas Edison’s Menlo Park Complex, and the Wright Cycle Shop, are just a few of the attractions.

1:00 pm
Box Lunch
Enjoy shawarma and falafel from a renowned Dearborn eatery.

2:00 pm
Visit Detroit and the Motown Museum
Although the interior of the museum is closed due to construction, celebrate the legacy of Motown by enjoying their outdoor space, including snapping your photo on the iconic front steps of Hitsville USA, walking around the new “Still Going On” outdoor exhibit, exploring their retail pop-up shop, and singing along to Motown music in their Dancing in the Street Park.

4:00 pm
Tour Arab Dearborn–the heart of Arab America
If time permits stop at Greenland Market and Shatila

5:00 pm Tour Concludes

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