Arab American Festival in Phoenix

Phoenix, AZ

All sorts of Arab-American events take place throughout the year across our nation like education panels, networking events, awareness efforts, cultural activities and community services.

One huge Arab-American festival is taking place this weekend (October 18th & 19th) in Phoenix.  It is the largest multi-cultural event in Arizona; 25.000 attend each year.  There is everything from a hookah lounge to dancing and singing to live performances to children’s rides to international foods.  How about some kabobs, shawerma, gyros, hummus or falafel?

According to the 2010 US Census, there are 1,697,570 Arab-Americans in the United States,  They are mostly from (in order) Lebanon, Egypt, Syria, Iraq, Palestine, Morocco, and Jordan.  The city with the largest percentage of Arab-Americans is Dearborn, Michigan, a southeast suburb of Detroit. According to the Arab-American Institute, 63% of Arab-Americans are Christian, while only 24% are Muslim.  More recently, new Arab immigrants tend to be Muslim.

 

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