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Arab American Community


Metropolitan Detroit's Arab-American community is the largest in the nation, with around 500,000 in the region. The City of Dearborn is the center of the Arab-American community, home to the largest mosque in North America, the Islamic Center of America, as well as the Arab American National Museum. Seeking work in automotive factories, large numbers of Arabs immigrated to the metro Detroit area in the early 1900s. A second wave of immigration followed the Lebanese civil war in the 1970s. Today, Arab-Americans in Michigan are heavily involved in the state's economy as entrepreneurs, professionals, and community leaders.
The Arab American News is the largest publication serving the Arab community.

Arab American Community Features

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City and country: How metro Detroiters enjoy the best of both worlds

From urban neighborhoods to woods and water, southeast Michigan has it all. Model D's Laura Herberg and Marissa Gawel show us how metro Detroiters take advantage of it in the photo-audio-essay.

Mike Hammoud in front of his bigfoot house in Dearborn Heights

Bigfoot houses: The new trend in metro Detroit's compact communities

"We fell more in love with the lot than the house."

Waiel Shalall, Rocky Hanosh, and Lahib Shallal at Ali Baba

One block in Hamtramck: A little bit of everything on Caniff

From live music to chai tea to Middle Eastern cuisine, one block of Caniff in Hamtramck has got it all.

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Faith, fashion, and the art of head-wrapping on display at multicultural expo in Dearborn

The exotic head wrap is once again having a fashion moment. Nowhere was this more visible than at the Headwrap Expo, an event that celebrated the art of head-wrapping last weekend in Dearborn.

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From prisoner in Iraq to store owner in Detroit: Imad Morad's long journey to entrepreneurship

Once a prisoner of Al Qaeda with little hope of survival, Imad Agh Morad has made a new life as an entrepreneur in Detroit.

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Will Metro Detroit's Tech Community Ever Be Color Blind?

Metro Detroit has a long history of cultural silos and regional segregation. So how does its tech and entrepreneurial community create opportunites for greater racial and cultural diversity? There's no easy answer but places like Silicon Valley are implementing aggressive and sustained efforts to bridge a divide local business leaders barely acknowledge.

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Open City recapped: 'Every person is a brand'

This month's forum took place at Cliff Bell's as usual and was the kickoff event for the first ever #DetroitWeek, a celebration of entrepreneurship and innovation in the city. Matthew Lewis sat in with his notebook.

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Dearborn Nurtures Tween Entrepreneurs

If chess club, violin lessons and Little League haven't already taken over your kid's after-school schedule, the Dearborn Chamber of Commerce has the next must-attend extracurricular activity: the Young Entrepreneurs Academy. It's a weekly program that teaches teens and tweens how to launch their own start-up.

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Upper floor housing rehabs spur neighborhood growth

When shopping in your favorite downtown store, ever wonder what's upstairs? For decades, the answer has been "not much" for many Michigan cities. Take a look at how that trend is changing across the state, in communities like Manistee, Portland and Detroit's Eastern Market, where local property owners are redefining downtowns by reviving upper floor residences. 

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Hatched: La Feria using $50k prize to open tapas kitchen on Cass

Food writer Noelle Lothamer gets a sneak peek at classic Spamish ala carte dishes like empanadas, tortilla de patatas, montaditos, salmorejo, and croquetas. Marvin Shaouni snaps some tasty pictures.  

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Our Economic Diversity: Where Middle East Meets Midwest

More than just hookah bars and falafel joints, Metro Detroit's Arab-American economy has become a vital and increasingly intertwined part of our community. From halal pizzerias to hijab boutiques, a new generation of business owners is helping to blur our cultural and geographic lines. 

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Immigration: An Old Solution for the New Economy

Yousif Ghafari is the living embodiment of the American immigrant success story. He was born in Lebanon, earned multiple college degrees in the U.S., and spent decades building a business from scratch. The result has been wealth, community status, political connections, and a reputation for philanthropy. Needless to say, Ghafari has some strong opinions about the role of immigrants in our region's success. Dennis Archambault gets the story.

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Freight forwarder company 'Seastar' implements unique business model

Fida Mourtada and his wife Zainab have been married almost as long as they have been in the transportation business together. Today, Mourtada and his wife run Seastar, a freight forwarding company that specializes in ocean, inland & air transportation. While the couple has been able to successfully manage their own business, the road to this point in their success was a long one.

Dr. Chad Audi: The Detroit Homeless Communityís Ambassador

Dr. Chad Audi never thought his professional career would be spent providing needy families and individuals with hope, and an opportunity to get back on their feet, but once he saw how the Detroit Rescue Mission Missionaries changed the fate of one poverty stricken woman, there was nothing else he could imagine doing.

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Detroitís upscale cigar lounge offers patrons just what they need

From restaurants to casinos, downtown Detroit offers plenty of entertainment options. But for a long time, the city had lacked an upscale cigar bar where some of its 160,000 or so workers could relax at the end of the day.  The new La Casa De La Habana lounge changed all that roughly two and a half years ago when it opened its doors for the first time in historic Harmonie Park.

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Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council

Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council is a non-profit committed to driving economic growth within minority communities. It is based in Detroit.
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Arab American Community Founders

MyFab5 hits key milestones without reinventing social media wheel

MyFab5 hits key milestones without reinventing social media wheel

City: Ann Arbor
"Most users find MyFab5 through Instagram," says Omeid Seirafi-Pour, co-founder & CEO of MyFab5. "We give them value through our ability to introduce people to new options. You will find some awesome restaurants by following us."
Omeid Seirafi-Pour

Omeid Seirafi-Pour

City: Ann Arbor
Omeid Seirafi-Pour is the CEO & co-founder of MyFab5, a social media startup based in Ann Arbor.
Omer Kiyani

Omer Kiyani

City: Detroit
Omer Kiyani is the founder of Sentinl, a Detroit-based startup that is developing the next generation of gun-safety technology.
Chris Blauvelt

Chris Blauvelt

City: Detroit
Chris Blauvelt is the founder & CEO of Patronicity and LaunchGood, two crowd funding platforms based out of the Green Garage in Detroit's Midtown neighborhood.
Rami D Fakhoury

Rami D Fakhoury

City: Troy
Rami D. Fakhoury is the managing director of the Fakhoury Law Group, an immigration employment practice based in Troy.
Nadir Ali

Nadir Ali

City: Detroit
Nadir Ali is the founder of 3andathird, a design start-up based in Detroit.
Nader Najafi

Nader Najafi

City: Ypsilanti
Nader Najafi is the president & CEO of Integrated Sensing Systems (ISSYS), a bio-tech firm based in Ypsilanti.
Sam Abu-Hamdan

Sam Abu-Hamdan

Sam Abu-Hamdan is the founder of Alcove9, a software start-up based in Oxford.
Moose Scheib

Moose Scheib

City: Dearborn
Moose Scheib is the founder of LoanMod.com, a mortgage modification firm based in Dearborn.
Priya Gogoi

Priya Gogoi

City: Plymouth
Priya Gogoi is the president & co-founder of DeNovo Sciences, a life-sciences start-up based in Ypsilanti.
Mostansar Virk

Mostansar Virk

City: Farmington Hills
Mostansar Virk is the founder of EPIC Translations, a translation firm based in Farmington Hills.
Ramita Chawla

Ramita Chawla

City: Royal Oak
Ramita Chawla is one of the co-founders of Bite to Meet, a networking start-up based in Metro Detroit.
Ara Howrani

Ara Howrani

City: Detroit
Ara Howrani took over his father's 43-year-old photography studio in July 2006 and turned it into his own little creativity complex in Detroit's New Center neighborhood.

Arab American Community Companies

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Ayar Law Group

City: Southfield
Industry: Arab American Community,Diversity,Minority Owned Business,Professional Services
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SIB Medical Technologies

City: Detroit
Industry: Arab American Community,Detroit,Diversity,Higher Education,Immigrant Owned Business,Minority Owned Business,Pre-Seed
3.

Sentinl

City: Detroit
Industry: Arab American Community,Detroit,Diversity,High Tech,Minority Owned Business
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SIB Medical Technologies

City: Detroit
Industry: Arab American Community,Detroit,Diversity,Higher Education,Immigrant Owned Business,Minority Owned Business,Pre-Seed
5.

UnlimApps

City: Dearborn
Industry: Arab American Community,Creative Industries,Creative Sector,Diversity,High Tech,Software/Information Technology,Online Product/Service Provider
6.

LaunchGood

City: Detroit
Industry: Angel Funding,Arab American Community,Creative Sector,Diversity,Marketing / Media,Social Venture
7.

Bold Media

City: Livonia
Industry: Arab American Community,Creative Sector,Diversity,Marketing / Media,Design/Technical Services
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GHAFARI

City: Dearborn
Industry: Arab American Community,Creative Sector,Diversity,Design/Technical Services
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Public Threads

City: Dearborn
Industry: Arab American Community,Creative Sector,Diversity,Marketing / Media,Woman Owned
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ZeroBase Energy

City: Detroit
Industry: Alternative Energy,Arab American Community,Diversity,Emerging Technology,Design/Technical Services